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Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana Audiobook

Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana: The Anglo-Zulu War, Book 1

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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.

Leading the invasion is Lieutenant General Sir Frederic Thesiger, Baron Chelmsford, a highly experienced officer fresh off a decisive triumph over the neighboring Xhosa tribes. He and Frere are convinced that a quick victory over the Zulus will negate any repercussions from the home government for launching what is, in essence, an illegal war.

Recently arrived to South Africa are newly recruited privates Arthur Wilkinson and Richard Lowe, members of C Company, 1/24th Regiment of Foot under the venerable Captain Reginald Younghusband. Eager for adventure, they are prepared to do their duty both for the empire and for their friends.

As Frere's ultimatum expires, the army of British redcoats and allied African auxiliaries crosses the uMzinyathi River at Rorke's Drift into Zululand. Ten days later the British and Zulus will meet their destiny at the base of a mountain called Isandlwana.

©2016 James M. Mace (P)2017 James M. Mace

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    MKat 21/09/2017
    MKat 21/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Title"
    What did you like most about Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana?

    Well researched book, Really puts you at the heart of the battle


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana?

    The descriptive details of the individual soldiers


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The build up to the battle


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    all of it


    Any additional comments?

    nil

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    pauldrums777 31/07/2017
    pauldrums777 31/07/2017
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    "did not finish."

    A pet preev of mine is a dishonest/fake accent and I seem to have a ear for it.
    the narrator is clearly a yank trying to do some type of old upper class style southern english accent. rather than just telling the story with some drama and genuine interest in ones true daily speaking voice it felt like some kind of reading performance or act. sorry.
    maybe audiobooks arn't for me. think I'll stick to Dan Carlin and good old printed books.

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    Groverover 02/05/2017
    Groverover 02/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant book."

    This is a brilliant book about something I already know a lot about but thus has really personalised the events for me. The narrator is good except for the odd obvious word which you would assume everybody knows how to pronounce. The most obvious example is ' Trafalgar ' which the narrator rhymes with raffle car!!!!!!!!! Don't let the odd howler like this put you off. The story is great, and I will definitely be buying the sequel to this if the author writes one.

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    Anonymous 17/04/2017
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    It was a great book which was authentic in the way it took me back in time. With humour, love, and action.

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  • Tyler Beal
    06/04/17
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    "Excellent Rendition"

    Excellent rendition of a brutal event. The historical accuracy was spot on and Mace filled in the gaps wonderfully with his own narrative, bringing the characters on both sides of this conflict to life. Context was laid nicely and the battle itself was very well done. Waters' did a fine job narrating as well, deftly navigating the accents and names. Anxiously awaiting part two...

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