1884. Queen Victoria’s hero General Gordon is under siege. Hoards of Dervish warriors, loyal to the Mahdi, the Sudanese warlord and Messiah, are baying for British blood. With a small army and diminishing supplies, Gordon fears Khartoum will fall. Ex-captain and one-time subaltern Simon Fonthill is summoned to Cairo on a vital mission. He must enter the heavily guarded city undetected and make contact with Gordon ahead of the relief force. Together with comrade 352 Jenkins, Fonthill makes the treacherous journey across the Nile. But when they’re captured by a sadistic Dervish patrol, it seems hope of a British victory is all but lost. Can Fonthill and Jenkins survive interrogation and save Khartoum?
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John Wilcox is a former international journalist.
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This book describes both the staid British upper class Victorian ways and the feeling of modernisation. I like this series of books, set in and around a modernising British army in the late 19th Century, Fonthill is beset by difficulties in dealing with officers who having bought their commisions now misunderstand their own men and the tribesmen who they are sent to fight, leading to disaster on the battlefield. The whole series shows this as endemic within the Victorian British army. Also this book hilights the way some are trying to modernise Victorian standards. Historically this is accurate, although the General Gordon story is nothing new, this book has another twist on it, exciting and not easy to put down I really enjoyed the read, with the twists of a female war correspondant who the help of local Sudanese wants to get close to hte action. Very enjoyable and as an Englishman very believeable.