Ensign Sebastian Early is a young soldier sent to South Africa with his regiment, the 24th Foot. The death of his friend results in Seb taking over the job of Provost-Marshal, the policeman for Lieutenant-General Lord Chelmsford’s army. Seb has taken the post out of regard for his dead friend, but would really prefer to be soldiering with his regiment on the front line. Instead he finds himself investigating a bizarre murder of a captain, even though his C.O. believes the man committed suicide, and the theft of a major’s gold watch. In the course of his investigations he gets caught up in the illegal killing of Zulu warriors and has to do some anonymous fighting of his own.
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Good fun Adventure in South Africa
I have not ready the book, just listen but I enjoyed the audio a great deal.
The story is quick, and action packed, the character's are very likably. This all makes for a great read, and as I listen I want to find out how Ensign Early solves the crimes etc.
Mr. Keeble does a find job telling the story, he can switch between our hero, a Boer tracker, or other officers with ease, and gives each character their own voice, and personality.
I was moved by our hero at the Battle of Isandlwana, and how he deals with death in general in the book. Having dealt with tragic sudden death in my own life, it rang true to me what young Ensign Early deals with.
If you want a old fashion adventure novel this will will do. If you've ready any of the Crossman series by Mr. Kilworth, you will be please to see Major Crossman make a appearance in this tale.
- John "coach68"