Crucible of Fate Paperback – 4 Jun 2012
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About the Author
Andy Johnson is an electronics Engineer with extensive experience in a variety of commercial and marine settings. For the last few years he has combined this with his role as a qualified Yachtmaster instructor offering classroom and own boat training in navigation, radar, boat electrics and electronic systems.
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Once again, the level of authenticity is as high as the previous novels in the series and the action is relentless. The great thing about these novels is that the war isn't seen as one sided. Neither does it wrap itself in a flag. Both sides are portrayed with honour and respect allowing the reader to understand both sides with a great deal of depth and emotion. The book does not shirk its responsibilities, painting a true picture of the nature of war; bloody, chaotic, tragic and at times unfair. Although 'Crucible of Fate' is a fiction, the author has gone to great lengths to use fact to lead his characters through a narrative that actually happened barring their own action which sits in the middle of history. Characters from each side of the story are well drawn with depth allowing the reader to understand their fears as well as their reasoning.
Again I couldn't put down the book as I wanted to know what happened next, even though my own knowledge of the period told me exactly what happened. My favourite moment is towards the end when the British Major Smithson comes across the Padre seeing to a fallen soldier; a very touching moment. I wont describe what that scene entails but for me it's a brilliant moment of humanity amongst the chaos.
I hesitated to give this five stars thinking that might be over the top but then I can't really fault this book. It is a fiction, it's faultlessly researched, the characters were great and most of all I enjoyed every page.
Set during Overlord, Mr Johnson sets his focus on a narrow front but seen from a range of viewpoints of RAF crews, British Paratroops, Infantry and a DD Tank Crew also from that of the opposition - The German defenders a Panzer Crew, a veteran crippled Feldwebel and a Norman Family caught in the midst of war.
He once again excels in capturing the organised chaos of combat with his knowledge of infantry practice and period weapons which is so sadly lacking in many other authors.
I've read more war fiction than I care to remember from Sven Hassel, Leo Kessler et al to more recent offerings from the entertaining James Holland and the like. Andy Johnson is in a whole different league.
I look forward to his next novel.
It was not quite as gripping as Seelowe Nord - although it referenced that battle. This makes it a strange mix of history/alternative history but did nothing to detract from the plot.
I liked the British/German perspective. The only criticism is the modern langauge/terminology used by the characters. It sounds out of place. Still worth reading.
The author splits the action between a number of units/individuals on both sides and ties the action together - sometimes detailing the same events from both sides.
Although this is a work of fiction, a lot of the events are based on known facts so it never feels 'overdone'.
I will be reading more of Mr Johnson's works after this.
Well done, good job.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great - read them all you'll enjoy them if you like a book about soldiers written by a soldier.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is a very good book about the actions between 2 fictitious units on D Day itself well told from both points of view. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Simon Prior
A very good story, written at fast space. Snap shots of the events, provided by both sides in the conflict, make one feel for both sides. Highly recommend. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Patrick Speaight
The 3rd book I have read now by Andy Johnson and I always come away from them wanting more. Once again I enjoyed the military banter from both sides and the story is fast moving... Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2014 by A Gwynne
One of those rare books where you have to read just one more chapter but at the same time not wanting it to finish. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2014 by S Keith
again a work of fiction that brings actual events to life and is wonderfully accurate in its details.....and fine accompaniment to Thunder in May....Published on 8 Mar. 2014 by Adrian
Loved this book, and could not put it down.
Nice fast pace with lots of action and well developed characters.
Characters fates are pretty well explained to. Read more
Really interesting historical novel about d-day landings, the characters are believable add a human interest to a historical novel and give it a touch of excitementPublished on 9 Feb. 2014 by duncan wethered