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In January 1879, three columns of British soldiers under the command of Lord Chelmsford, commenced the invasion of the Zulu Kingdom. The southern No. 1 Column led by Colonel Charles Pearson advances on the old mission station at Eshowe. Their intent is to establish a fort and supply depot from which to support the centre No. 3 Column’s advance on the Zulu royal kraal at Ulundi. As the vast column of British soldiers and their African allies slogs its way across the coastal hills, the incessant rain and threat of typhoid promise to be as fearful a nemesis as the lurking armies of Zulu warriors.

Unbeknownst to Pearson, calamity struck a hundred miles to the north when nearly half of No. 3 Column is destroyed during a catastrophic battle at a mountain called Isandlwana. Despite the garrison at Rorke’s Drift subsequent repelling of the Zulu onslaught, the entire invasion is left in tatters. Over a thousand imperial soldiers now lie dead, in a war which the Crown never authorised or wanted.

Over the coming days, the Zulus surround the fort at Eshowe, cutting off all communications and resupply efforts. With the British Empire now reluctantly committed to war, reinforcements are dispatched from England. In a race against time, Lord Chelmsford rallies the arriving forces into a relief column. Should they fail to break through to Eshowe and relieve the garrison, Colonel Pearson and another thousand British soldiers will suffer the same fate as the poor souls whose bodies still lie unburied along the slopes of Isandlwana.

©2018 James M Mace (P)2018 James M Mace

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  • 07-12-18

A reader's window into the past

The life of the 1900th century British soldier was filled with hardship and hard labor as well fear ,and bravery. The details are many without becoming tedious to the listener.

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  • 04-09-20

Zulus and death

And the beat goes on, death life more death. The story of South Africa the Zulus and the soldiers continues. Fighting valiantly death on both sides, so tragic. These books are so full of history and tragedy and love. I recommend this book. Great writing.

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  • Nick H.
  • 13-06-19

Historical fiction at its best

great series of books and the third installment kept me glued like the first two. Highly recommend to the historian and casual reader alike

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  • Rayc
  • 10-09-21

Totally engrossing

Lost souls.
Totally engrossing. A book that is so easy read that makes time standstill. and is so hard to put down.
A subtle blend of historical events and fiction.
A superb read.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily left this honest review.

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  • DARRYL JOHNSON
  • 06-04-21

OMG!! A truly enjoyable piece of work!!

James Mace and Jonathan Waters are to be commended for bringing to life the little know yet important story of the Siege at Eshowe and the Battle of GIN-Gin-I-Love-You!! The Historical Detail provided as well as the Fictional Creativity of the Author makes the sacrifice of both the British and the Zulu during this forgotten part of history worth remembering! I strongly recommend this piece to anyone interested in the history of Southern Africa!

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  • twilson
  • 15-09-20

one more left

not a bad series but long i finish what i start. but overall good. enjoy

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  • Thomas Mackey
  • 16-09-19

great storytelling

I enjoyed listening to this series. The author brings historical fact and a more personal human story from both sides. This is far better than a simple dry fact history book.