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About the Author
Kieran McMullen is an author with a background as varied as his favorite character Dr. John H. Watson. McMullen grew up in the seashore town of Northport on Long Island s North shore. Here he learned a love of fishing and sailing. He then spent twenty-two years on active duty in the US Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving in the Gulf War. He and his wife spent the next twenty years in Rush Springs, Oklahoma where they raised their three children. McMullen worked in defense contracting and spent twelve years in law enforcement. He was also a member of the Grady County Volunteer Fire Department. McMullen has been involved in training horse teams and artillery for Civil War reenacting since the early 1980 s and holds a BA in History from St. John s University and an MA in Human Resources from Pepperdine. Kieran and his wife Helen along with horses and Irish Wolfhounds now live just north of Darien, Georgia. Kieran has been a fan of Holmes and Watson since his father, an English Literature professor, gave him the complete Doyle stories at the age of eight. He is the author of three books from MX Publishing: Watson s Afghan Adventure, Sherlock Holmes and the Irish Rebels and the soon to be published, Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Boer Wagon. He has also published a work on the care of horse teams for Civil War re-enactors and holds a patent for artillery howitzers. This book has been written to help the cause of preserving the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Undershaw. All royalties from this book are being donated to the Undershaw Preservation Trust. The Trust can be contacted at saveundershaw.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sherlock Holmes and the Boer War... Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Boer Wagon by Kieran McMullen Canonically, this takes place prior to SIXN. Historically, this takes place in 1900, when Lord Roberts was in command at the close of the second phase of the Boer War. Watson is invited by his literary agent Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle to join a hospital unit headed to South Africa to serve the English troops battling the Boers. Watson is desired both as an experienced war surgeon and for his military man who can comfortably liaison between the army and the doctors of the field hospital. Meanwhile, Holmes and Watson are summoned by Mycroft. There is a leak somewhere along the line of command. The Boers seem to know not only how many men for which to prepare, but also the direction and timing of the attack. Holmes will go to South Africa as Escott, a reporter for the London Times. As Watson already has a cover story, he can go ahead with his own plans. The problem is that this traitor could be almost anyone, in the camp, in the field hospital, in the supply lines, etc. Holmes and Watson run into many colorful characters in their pursuit of the mole in the army. Perhaps no one is more colorful than a Lieutenant Winston Churchill… The novel builds nicely at a steady even pace. Some twists are hinted at beforehand, but others come as a total surprise. The historical part of this novel gives a grim insight into the daily grind of the Boer war. There is the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. There is the mad scramble for supplies in unfamiliar territory, where even the water supply has been cut off from the camp. There is the battle with Enteric Fever, which is killing more men than the battle itself… It also delves into the cause and effect of the Boer War. Names like Cecil Rhodes and Lord Kitchner are brought up in passing. Gold and diamonds are discussed, epically as there is a lot of gold missing… I find the history fascinating and the mystery intriguing! I give the book five stars! Quoth the Raven…