Resourceful and intrepid, he soon finds himself involved in a number of dangerous and daring undercover missions during what has come to be called the First Afghan War. On one of these missions he rescues from certain death a young Afghan chief, and the friendship that develops between them has surprising consequences.
(P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
My wife and I enjoyed the story and would recommend it .. however, the download package we obtained had three errors in it that were distracting. (a) One of the chapters was out of sequence (14 and 15 were swapped I think), (b) as one chapter ended, previous material reappeared and (c) a few minutes of material were left out in the climax of the last chapter. I hope audible will correct these errors .. I would still recommend the story despite these errors. I would place this just below the Lion of St. Mark for story telling, but their are a few more interesting ethical dilemas that the protagonist must sort out in this story... Also, while tragic in its telling of a British reversal.. the story does illustrate Keegan's thesis in the History of War that war is the clash between cultures. This story offers more to think about ... and provoked many conversations between my wife and I over British imperialism. Western culture seems to need a more serious re-examination today as unserious minds express themselves too frequently in the popular media of our times.
The audio files for chapter 12 and chapter 13 are flip-flopped. A couple pages worth of audio file is missing from the last chapter.
I have always loved G.A. Henty. His portrayal of history is always interesting, and while his fiction is fairly repetitive from book to book, it is a story I enjoy. I would especially recommend this story to anyone who wants to hear about the evils of indecision in military leadership.
The reader does not put much emotion into his words. Instead, his reading style lends itself to a more formal telling of epic histories or high fantasy in much the same way that I would envision the ancient bards telling their stories.
This one was a hard one to get through. The narrator does a good job but the content is so detailed and tedious that I had to force myself to finish. The audiofiles are messed up in two places also. I would NOT recommend this book unless you really really like military history and particularly military history in Afganistan, persia, and the area.
Retired CTO in the Financial sector.
I found the book interesting in light of our present circumstance. It was not however a must read or a "book" I could not put down. I am glad I listened to it but would not give it a rave review.
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