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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Spiderwize (4 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908128410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908128416
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'Crucible of Fate' stands as both a fitting end to the trilogy of books by Andy Johnson and as a tribute to the actual soldiers, sailors and airmen who fought and died during D Day.

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.
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Andy Johnson is one of those few authors I keep checking on amazon for new releases. overjoyed to find this third offering for download.
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.
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I have a couple of issues with this book that really should drop it to 4 stars but I was so pleased to read a book about Sword Beach with particular mention of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars that heart rules head and 5 it is. For the benefit of the review I would take a little disagreement about the order that various units arrived on the beach although this could be put down to authors licence. The one area I did struggle with till I made a conscious effort to ignore it was the authors using modern military 'language' for his characters. Most of his idioms or vernacular whilst easy enough to comprehend are more suited to the infantry of the late 20th early 21st century not the soldiers of 1944. Equally the fact that infantry German & British used similar terms was disconcerting not to mention the fact that cavalry (or armoured if you prefer) have an entirely different method of speaking. But enough of this pedantic carping the story was well told and the book a real page turner. Thank you Mr. Johnson. Please take a moment to remember Bandsman Fullbrook, Tprs. Atkinson, Gascoigne, Green, Hockley Hughes, Lovell, Miller, Pickard, Schofield, Smith, Telford, Whittaker, L/Cpls Kershaw & Robinson. Cpls. Booker & Singleton, L/Serjeant Gillibrand and Sgt. Norris who all died on 6th June 1944. Viret et Aertenum
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This was another great story.

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.
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An excellent read, well researched. You can tell the author is ex-forces due to the language, tactics and the fact you feel a part of the action. I've never imagined what it feels like to be rattled around in a Panzer as it's raked with fire - but I now know!

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.
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I have read Mr. Johnsons previous books, (Seelow Nord and Thunder in May), on Kindle and thought they were fantastic, very well written with some excellent characters, so when I saw this one I didn't hesitate in getting it. Once again, I was not disappointed, it deals with the Normandy Invasion from both the British and German viewpoints of soldiers on the ground. An excellent read, well researched and well written. I hope that there's more to come from Mr. Johnson.
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