At the heart of this story of courage and might, is Major Billy Pentecost, commander of a remote desert outpost near Hahdhdhah, deep among the bleak hills of Khalit. His orders are to prepare to move out along with a handful of British soldiers. Impatient tribesmen gather outside the fort, eager to reclaim the land of their blood and commanded by Abd el Aziz el Beidawi, a feared Arab warrior lord. A friendship forms between the two very different commanders but when Pentecost's orders are reversed, a nightmarish tragedy ensues.
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'A master of the gripping adventure yarn' - -- The Daily Telegraph
'A novel of tremendous excitement' -- Scotsman
John Harris, who also wrote under the pen names of Mark Hebden and Max Hennessy was born in 1916. He authored the best-selling The Sea Shall Not Have Them. He was a sailor, an airman, a journalist, a travel courier, a cartoonist and a history teacher. During the Second World War he served with two air forces and two navies. After turning to full-time writing, Harris wrote adventure stories and created a sequence of crime novels around the quirky fictional character Chief Inspector Pel. A master of war and crime fiction, his enduring novels are versatile and entertaining.
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Book Description Hutchinson, GB, 1972. Hardback. Book Condition: VG+. Dust Jacket Condition: VG+ pc DW. 1st Edition. Number written at top of front endpaper (Not a library mark). A bookplate on front endpaper is inscribed "With very best wishes John Harris". Top edge slightly spotted. In loose polythene protector. Bookseller Inventory # sw002.030