This sequel to The Black Jackals is set in the turmoil of the eastern Mediterranean in 1941, with the Brits struggling to hold their line in Greece against the powerful German and Italian forces.
Peter Lamb and his men are halted in their retreat to England and forced to join the British forces holding the pass at Thermopylae. But their tough experiences in France have not prepared The Jackals for the savage hand-to-hand fighting through the mountains. Lamb's limited knowledge of command leaves him unsure about how to organise the New Zealand and Greek partisan soldiers who are added to his troop.
When they land in Crete, Lamb becomes suspicious of some of the civilians who, on fleeing from Greece, have taken cover with the Jackals. Yet he knows that facing the awesome German paratroopers for the first time, combined with the desperate battle to hold Crete at all costs, will force him to find a way to work alongside any support he is offered.
His new troop will be made up of partisans, allied irregulars - including Evelyn Waugh - and Spanish volunteers. Jackals' Revenge paints a brilliant picture of the turbulent theatre of war.
©2012 Iain Gale (P)2012 HarperColins Publishers Limited
"A powerful novel of men at war. A triumph." (Bernard Cornwell)
"A treat for every history buff, and a vivid picture of men at war." (Scotland on Sunday)
Some run of the mill British regiment, easily defeat elite German Paratroops,and elite German mountain troops. At one time the British soldiers are taken prisoner by the Germans and the British, point up into the mountains and as all 8 or so Germans look up at once the British simply snatch the weapons away from the Germans and take the Germans prisoner,ridiculous.
Nothing by this author Iain Gale.
Stephen Thorne was very good as usual.
Parts were interesting but unarmed men can not disarm armed soldiers and take them prisoners.But no it is not worth listening to.
Don't waste your money on this book
I enjoyed this and I got the sense of what it was like as a soldier in these conflicts without any (in my view) Spielberg colour (great but I know it now thanks). It got a bit silly and ended a bit oddly but I enjoyed it. Not sure if he was but gives the impression Iain Gale did this stuff.
the ludicrous poor high level leadership which I don't doubt
I think he speaks the words of the participants in a way that makes me think I am talking to them and brings the period to life
when the platoon meet the last line
it isn't deep but enjoyable and insightful. I have read 4 days in July and it is that historical story that Gale does so well
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