The Horns of the Buffalo (Simon Fonthill Series) Paperback – 6 Sep 2004
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'A swashbuckling tale of epic proportions, slashed through with adventure, bravery, and the utmost danger' Good Book Guide (Good Book Guide)
The first novel in an acclaimed series of wartime adventures in the tradition of Bernard Cornwell and C.S. ForesterSee all Product Description
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To summarise, despite Fonthill's slightly understated characterisation, the book remains a very well researched,well-written and entertaining read. I look forward to the sequel, 'The Road to Kandahar', in which I hope to find Fonthill's character fleshed out into a more convincing, red-blooded persona more appropriate to his role in what essentially is a theatre of swashbuckling tales of 'derring-do'.
Well researched, well told with characters that will continue in the forthcoming adventures. I am sure as the books unfold the writers style will improve and the main players will slowly flesh out. Like Sharpe and Harper, Simon Fonthill and his trusty man servant Jenkins will go from strength to strength.
As with any 1st book in what is going to become a series there will be teething troubles but I found this to be a crisp refreshing tale of good old stiff upper lip and daring do.
I have ordered the next to books in this series and am looking forward to them. Ten out of Ten !!!!
John Wilcox also takes the historical illustration road and makes a very accomplished debut in the process. As a result his main hero, Simon Fonthill, perhaps lacks a bit of 'umphh!' when compared to Sharpe or Aubrey. He is more the pivot around which other more colourful characters revolve. Chief amongst them the, hard drinking little Welsh hard man Jenkins. A truly loveable rogue!
The book takes us on a whistle stop tour of the Zulu wars. The blundering British diplomacy, the disaster of Isandlwana and of course Rorkes drift! If I have a gripe it's that Rorks drift isn't made more of! I thought it would make for a good third of the book, and every ounce of drama wrung out it. However it was not quite like that. In fact a court room drama is given more time, as Simon's character and actions are called to question, having said that though, it is very well done, and makes for the most nail biting bit of the book.
The author creates a great cast to carry events along. A caddish superior officer, a fiesty tomboy reporter, a cattle rancher gone native and the afore mentioned Jenkins.
A well rounded and believable story with interesting little historical gems thrown in, such as how the term 'Jingoistic' came into being and the fact That Bromhead (Michael Cain's) character in the film Zulu was actually quite deaf. As well as this throw in some witty dialogue and you have a very accomplished debut!
Apart from these faults the rest of the story was quite entertaining. I was however amused at the Lady reporter especially when she very easily gave up her Chastity. (not the thing expected of a Victorian) I hope future stories develop differently.
Well, this book is worth a look, not in any way a great piece of literature, but worth reading. You can tell this is a new ish author, as the style clearly needs some working on to get it slicker, but that said, the story is pretty good, and the charracters have lots of room for development.
As the other reviews state, this is similar to the Fancy Jack novels, but not quite as many interesting charracters.
I am currently reading the next installment, the road to kandahar...
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Really good read wiyh great characters. Looking forward to next instalnent.Published 7 months ago by el tel
Absolutely not about the book itself, as I'm sure my husband will love it. Unfortunately, the condition of the book was not very good. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book has me hooked. I will most certainly be buying more of John Wilcox`s amazing series.Published 9 months ago by Stephen Gilbert
Ordered the whole series but started with No.1 really fine story which captivates. You really empathize with the characters. Finished it in three days.Published 16 months ago by mobydick
Excellent account of the conflict written in an easy way to read
Would recommend this author to anyone who enjoys a fast moving tale
I bought this book to give to a friend. However, the friend was thrilled and thoroughly enjoyed reading what he described as being quite gripping and totally enthralling.Published 20 months ago by Malcolm Gillett