The Devils Own: Sergeant 'Fancy Jack' Crossman and the Battle of the Alma (Sergeant 'Fancy Jack' Crossman series)

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First of the colourful exploits of 'Fancy Jack' Crossman; The Crimean War is notoriously one of the most brutal and bloody conflicts of the nineteenth century. In an uneasy allience with the French, the Turks and the Sardinians, British soldiers faced death both on the battlefield from the fierce Cossacks and off it from cholera. Sergeant Jack Crossman, referred to by his admiring comrades as 'Fancy Jack', a tough, shrewd and skilful soldier, is part of the proud 88th regiment, the Connaught Rangers, also known as The Devil's Own. Within the regiment Crossman is picked out to lead a covert operation, well knowing that his success or failure could determine the outcome of the war. Gary Kilworth is a master of the period, and of writing sharp, page-turning military adventure.

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Garry Kilworth was raised in South Yemen, the son of an RAF sergeant. Later he served 15 years in the RAF himself. Most recently he was with the British Army in Hong Kong, where he wrote for the South China Morning Post. He now spends his time between Suffolk and Spain, writing full time. He has won many awards for both his children's and adult novels.

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During the Crimean War, when soldiers still fought in straight lines and military leaders came from the aristocratic ranks regardless combat experience, Sgt. Jack Crossman (hiding from his aristocratic and educated background) and his band of misfit soldiers are selected for covert operations that mean the difference between winning and losing. Garrett interweaves the actions and temperaments of these men with accents, emotions and personalities. Douglas's vivid descriptions of war are illuminated by the polished tones of Garrett, leaving the listener yearning to be a part of the adventures. M.B.K. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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