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5.0 out of 5 starsDemise of the independent Zulu Kingdom
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2020
In this, his final novel in the Zulu War series, James Mace traces the final drive by Lord Chelmsford to end the unjust and illegal war he ans Sir Bartle Frere had forced upon the Zulu nation. Underestimating the Zulu's capabilities, these two had expected to win the war in weeks. Instead, two weeks into the war the Zulus won a decisive victory (though at great loss) at Isandwana largely due to Chelmsford's foolishness. Sir Garnet Wolseley was being sent to replace him, and he wanted to inflict a decisive defeat on Cetshwayo's forces before then in order to save his reputation. Highlight of this second invasion, however, was not the burning of Ulundi, but the death of Napoleon, the Prince Imperial. As he had with Isandlwana, Chelmsford sought to attach blame on subordinates, but the press in both incidents held his responsible for these disaster. This is a great book, faced place and historically accurate
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat ending to a wonderful series.
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2020
This book is a fitting end to the great Zulu War series of five books. Extremely well written, meticulously researched, great descriptions of the numerous conflicts with a believable narrative given to the historical characters involved. As a Zulu War buff I congratulate Mr. Mace for providing what could arguably be the definitive accout of this historic episode. Well done! If you like military history, start at the first novel in this series & read through to this book. You are in for an absolute treat.
Book Five provides an excellent conclusion for what surely must be the most accurate and complete of any Anglo-Zulu war history. Like the previous four books in the series, the writing is thorough, yet still moves at a fast page-turning pace. “Tears of the Dead” introduces an interesting new character, Louis Napoleon, the Prince Imperial “heir to the Empire of France” and he surely adds new spirit to the cause. The writing continues to be top notch like this phrase - one of my favorite passages: “Like a large machine, each soldier one of its mechanical parts, every rifle was simultaneously brought up, first to port arms, then to the left shoulder. Bourne then executed a sharp about turn and faced his officer commanding, who was now astride his horse.” Well Done!
5.0 out of 5 starsVery good account of the ending of the Anglo/Zulu war of 1879
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2020
he book was well written and the details strongly supported the narrative. The follow-up history of the participants really made the people involved understandable and showed how the times were different back then.
5.0 out of 5 starsA Good Read and fitting end to the series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2019
I was genuinely disappointed to finish this book and series. I have been interested in the Zulu War since seeing the film in 1966 at the age of 9. Since then I have read numerous histories and articles and watched a number of documentaries with great interest. I even managed to visit both Rorkes Drift and Isandhlwana in 2012. A moving experience.
It was a real bonus that the story of the war was told from the point of view of both sides.
This book added to my knowledge. I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of fact and the description of life as a soldier. As the father of an ex soldier I could identify with the emotions of the soldiers described. Infantrymen, from whatever era, seem to have a lot in common.
5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant. What a series of books.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 29, 2020
As with every book in this series, an excellent read. I'm sorry this series of books had finished. For anyone interested in the Anglo Zulu war these books are a must read. I really have learned so much about the war from the books. James finds a great way to tell the story both from the commanders and leaders viewpoint and that of the soldiers and warriors. With the background to the war in the first books and the events of Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift to the story of the other columns and battles in books three and four to the ending in this book a great and informative read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 22, 2020
Ends a very well written, well researched and well told story of the Zulu Wars in the Victorian 19th Century. The author fills in the gaps of bare military history to make a good narrative. The fate of many of the characters - all from real life - makes a moving endpiece to the story. Commend the series.
The completion of the series on the Zulu War. This the finale was most informative but creates a bad standard of literacy. It is time for Publishers to concentrate on the English language. New proof readers are needed.