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  • Crucible of Honour: The Battle of Rorke's Drift

  • The Anglo-Zulu War, Book 2
  • By: James Mace
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

It is January of 1879. While three columns of British soldiers and their African allies cross the Uminyathi River to commence the invasion of the Zulu Kingdom, a handful of redcoats from B Company, 2/24th Regiment are left to guard the centre column's supply depot at Rorke's Drift. On the morning of 22 January, the main camp at Isandlwana, just 10 miles to the east, comes under attack from the entire Zulu army and is utterly destroyed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-08-18

True Valour

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Although book 1 of this series (Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana), tells the story of the brave stand made during that battle, it is also a story of incompetance and poor leadership.

Not so at Rorkes Drift where leadership and bravery were of the highest order, and although 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded, the highest number for any single action, it would appear that even more were deserved.

This book was well written and researched by James Mace, and well read by Jonathon Waters , although I still have some criticism of his pronunciation of British ranks/names.

  • Hard Landing

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Martyn Read
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

As a detective working for an elite undercover squad, Dan "Spider" Shepherd has lied, cheated, and conned in order to bring Britain's most wanted criminals to justice. When a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd is given his most dangerous assignment yet. He has to go undercover in a top-security prison - a world where one wrong move will mean certain death. Playing his role to perfection, Shepherd gambles everything to move in on his quarry - only to realise that the man he is set to trap is even more dangerous than the police anticipated.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class entertainment

  • By G. Myers on 26-03-15

A cracking story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-18

A page turner (or the audio equivalent) from start to finish, and well read by Martyn Read.

After reading this book, I know what my next 12 books are going to be.

  • Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana

  • The Anglo-Zulu War, Book 1
  • By: James Mace
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

It is December 1878, and war looms on the horizon in South Africa. British high commissioner Sir Henry Bartle-Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighboring kingdom of the Zulus and uses an incursion along the disputed border as his justification for war. He issues an impossible ultimatum to the Zulu king, Cetshwayo, demanding he disband his armies and pay massive reparations. With a heavy heart, the king prepares his nation for war against their former allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth reading

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-02-18

Well worth reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-18

While it didn't detract from the story too much , I found the use of a non British reader and his inaccurate pronunciation of some of the army ranks and place names irritating. However, I'm sure that American readers would feel the same of a British reader reading an American book.

The story itself however, is well written and well researched, relating how the ineptitude of a few led to an inglorious defeat of the British army despite the gallantry and discipline of the many.

Now on to read the follow on book 'Crucible of Honour - The Battle of Rorkes Drift'

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