Kiwi Wars (Fancy Jack Crossman Novels)

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A Captain Jack Crossman Adventure - Captain Fancy Jack Crossman has been sent to New Zealand, where the Maori Wars are in progress. His remit is to map the bush country and to set up a network of spies. During conflict he finds that the Maori are an honourable people. However, nefarious Europeans are at work, enriching themselves as land agents. Jack realizes just how heinous these crimes are, and he must hunt down and destroy these monstrous elements . . .

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Garry Kilworth has written many novels for children -- and adults -- mostly on science-fiction, fantasy and historical themes -- including The Drowners which was commended for the Carnegie Medal in 1992.

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Set in 1860, Kilworth's solid eighth military adventure novel (after Rogue Officer) takes series hero Capt. Fancy Jack Crossman to New Zealand, a recently acquired British colony whose natives, the Maori, are in revolt. Tasked with setting up a spy network among the Maori, Jack must also deal with an unscrupulous land agent, Abe Wynter, whose younger brother happens to be a private under Jack's command. A gold rush complicates Jack's mission, and he soon finds himself doing his best to maintain his standards of honor and humanity in the heat of a battle that includes the lethal rapid-firing steam gun. Patrick O'Brian fans will notice similarities between Crossman and Capt. Jack Aubrey (each has a wife waiting back home in England, and each is tempted to stray), but those who prefer straightforward action in the vein of Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe series will be most satisfied. (Oct.)
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