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Summary

When a favour to a friend leaves Cal Jardine caught up in the Spanish Civil War, he finds that he must take a bunch of athletes and turn them into fighters. He meets the revolutionary, Juan Laporta, and if they do not make a perfect combination as fighters they form an effective one, both in Barcelona and then as they advance into the interior. But trouble is brewing in the person of communist diehard Manfred Drecker which threatens the fight and Cal himself.

From the street battles of Barcelona to the fighting in the countryside, Cal finds action as well as friendship, but following a murderous betrayal he must have suitable revenge.

©2011 David Donachie (P)2011 Soundings

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I Wish I'd Read Richard's Review First

Richard, an American gentleman, who was until now the only Audible customer to review this book, was spot on. As you'll see elsewhere he complains that too much time is spent on military tactics. Which it is, at the expense of writing on the personal element. I found the the plodding narrative tedious and gave up half way through. A great pity as I had enjoyed his first 'Roads to War' book a great deal. I bought the three 'Roads to War' books on a 3 books for 2 vouchers deal and so have 'A Bitter Field' waiting for me. I am now less than enthusiastic about starting it, but fingers crossed ...

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Too much time spent on military tactics

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This was all about a smart Brit trying to teach military tactics to clueless Spaniard revolutionaries. Tedious!