“It was the first week of May 1940 and Mash was part of a patrol from the Cameron Highlanders. They were a few miles in front of the Maginot Line, the impregnable defensive system the French had built along the German border, on what the French called the Line of Contact…”
Highlanders’ Revenge tells the story of Mash, the nickname Highland soldiers give to an Englishman in their ranks. Scarred both from the retreat before the Blitzkrieg advance across France and from the murder of his first love, Mash has to integrate himself into a new section that is wary of the sullen and secretive ‘Mash Man’ – an outsider in their midst.
Together they journey to Egypt where they encounter a way of life that tests them to their limits. Scorched by day, frozen by night and plagued by insects, they have to learn how to live and fight in the desert as they prepare for one of the greatest battles of the Second World War. They are then cast into the thick of the fighting at El Alamein and the Allies’ tumultuous battle to break through the Axis defenses…
Highlanders’ Revenge combines the fast-paced action and intrigue of a military novel with the real-life exploits of the 5th Camerons, an extraordinary unit that saw action in most of the major battles in North Africa and Western Europe. As a result, the book is both a riotous story of battle and life, and also an insight into the world of this little-known, but fierce, fighting unit. It will appeal to fans of military fiction who also appreciate historical accuracy.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Reading this book just made me feel so very humble. My father served in the D.L.I. during WW11 but very rarely spoke of it. This book gave me a glimpse into the years he fought in this war.
How the heck can you take a law abiding man off the street and say go and fight for your country, kill for your country and if need be die for your country. Well this is what we did. This is what other countries did too. How could they be prepared for the carnage that was down to pot luck most of the time rather than skill, of course they weren’t prepared. They learnt from each other and watched each others backs but they had to know how to move on too when the bloke next to them became a casualty. I really thought that this book was stunning. It has taken factual accounts and made them personal with fictional characters. Victoria and Paul Richman brought it to life.
There are some slight changes to some of the facts in order for some of the personal story threads to work but these changes are explained in the back of the book in the authors notes section. Do when you have finished reading check the additional information here which includes maps of the battles and a detailed glossary where you can check any unfamiliar term used, to the difference between tanks and guns to slang words. It really is excellent.
So the story side, well this follows a very likeable Englishman that joined an Highland Regiment the 4th Cameron Highlanders and was given the nickname of Mash. This is not just about the battles he fights but the relationships he forms, some best friends and some to be avoided. There are stories of falling in love and the horrors of seeing the person next to you being killed. It tells the stories that nightmares are made of, of the things these men had to do to survive, one particular scene in the trenches hiding when the Germans inspected to make sure everyone was dead. This was a very visual piece for me. The war physically aged men far more than the years they were.
What a super team this Uncle and Niece make. An excellent book. Highly recommended.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Paul and Victoria decided to combine their skills to write Highlanders’ Revenge, the first of what is hopefully a series of novels together.
“I’ve always had a passion for military fiction and had an idea for a story, but really didn’t know how to go about it,” explains Paul. “Luckily Victoria has always wanted to branch out into novel writing – after a few hours of discussion at a wedding reception one day, the idea for Paul Tors was born!”
Victoria, also known as Tors, is a Creative Writing graduate who worked on a number of magazines before becoming a freelance writer.
A keen reader, she also reviews books on her blog, www.readingwritingbooking.blogspot.co.uk
Paul is a retired, successful businessman whose passion is military history. Following a career in the in the IT and Telecom sector, he is now devoting himself to writing factually based military novels.
Highlanders’ Revenge combines the fast-paced action and intrigue of a military novel with the real-life exploits of the 5th Camerons, an extraordinary unit that saw action in most of the major battles in North Africa and Western Europe. As Victoria explains, “We’ve meticulously researched the Camerons to create a gripping novel which will appeal to fans of military fiction who also appreciate historical accuracy.”