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The Guns of El Kebir by John Wilcox

The Guns of El Kebir

by John Wilcox

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I recently read another author, a historian trying his hand at fiction, in the same time period of the British Colonial era. Wilcox and his Fonthill and Jenkins team take us further and with more storytelling ability than the other.

These two are a joy, the same as Macro and Cato are in Ancient Rome. They get into scrapes, and they get out of them and around them swirl the trappings of the British Empire.

This time out we are invading Egypt to save the Suez Canal. And the picture we are given from fighting the rebellious Egyptians to the shelling of Alexandria is a spot on feeling.

With that is the historical characters we meet, just a few, but enough to give us a glimpse of the era and society. We also see a great many fictitious characters who build up the rest of theatrical for us. What we don't get is the need to meet so many true historical characters that we disbelieve that our heroes could meet so many.

That perhaps is the success that this author knows to do. Give us enough to know it is historical, but not make it so far fetched that we know our heroes would never meet every legend that existed.

The tales of the battles are well researched and the subplots that are added to round out our heroes are believable and well written also. We can believe that our main characters are growing and evolving and want to continue to find out more about them.

This is going to be a reread. ( )
  DWWilkin | Aug 13, 2012 |
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News of Ahmed Arabi's uprising against the Anglo-French in Egypt has caused great alarm in London. The French opt not to fight and retire from the country, but the British land a force led by Sir Garnet Wolseley. Simon Fonthill, one-time subaltern and ex-Captain in the North West Frontier’s Royal Corps of Guides, and 352 Jenkins, his ex-batman and servant, are pulled from retirement and ordered to venture into the desert ahead of Wolseley's hastily assembled army. While observing the movements and location of the Egyptian force, Simon quickly realizes that bloodshed is ahead at Tel-el-Kebir.

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This title is set during one of the most famous battles fought by the British Army, the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir. News of Ahmed Arabi's uprising against the Anglo-French suzerainty in Egypt has caused great alarm in London. The French choose not to fight and retire from the country, but the British land a force led by Sir Garnet Wolseley.… (more)

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