It was Anthony Morgan's first time in battle, his first sight of a soldier dead on the ground beyond him, his first awareness of the sounds of battle as the shells burst above them, the drums sounded and men screamed. Morgan, a subaltern in the 95th's Grenadiers, was determined to prove himself and his camaraderie with his men, in particular his sergeant, brought him under suspicion. But the over-confident British soon learnt that their enemy was a formidable foe, who used the rough terrain considerably better than they did. Several bloody engagements decimated the company. But gradually Morgan mastered his fears, learnt to fight fast and ruthlessly, and facing dire conflicts he was going to be tested to his limits...
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Born in 1956, Patrick Mercer read History at Oxford University before joining the Army. He commanded his battalion in Bosnia and Canada. Previously receiving a gallantry commendation, he was awarded the OBE in 1997. In 1999, Patrick Mercer accepted a post as the Defence Reporter for the Today Programme. In the 2001 election, he won the Tory seat in Newark. A respected historian, he has already published a non-fiction account of the Inkerman battle during the Crimean War.Review:
Praise for To Do and Die:'A finely-drawn depiction of battle and the camaraderie of war' Daily Mail`Mercer's prose is muscular yet silky smooth. His depiction of the experience of battle is unsurpassed'Saul David, author of Zulu Dawn`An excellent fiction debut. Any more please?'Military Illustrated`Mercer creates colourful, believable characters that stay true to the dialect of the time, but remain recognisable to any modern soldier. Fans of Sharpe, Flashman or Matthew Hervey should enjoy this novel'Soldier magazine
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