- By Garry Douglas Kilworth

The Devil's Own: Sergeant Jack Crossman and the Battle of the Alma

  • Title: The Devil's Own: Sergeant Jack Crossman and the Battle of the Alma
  • Author: Garry Douglas Kilworth
  • ISBN: 9780006498919
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Devil s Own Sergeant Jack Crossman and the Battle of the Alma Sergeant John Crossman of the th regiment fighting in the Crimean War is singled out by his commanding officer to go on a series of suicide missions known as fox hunts against the vicious Cossacks

    Sergeant John Crossman of the 88th regiment fighting in the Crimean War, is singled out by his commanding officer to go on a series of suicide missions known as fox hunts against the vicious Cossacks Crossman is determined to whip his men into shape and not only survive, but win.

    1 thought on “The Devil's Own: Sergeant Jack Crossman and the Battle of the Alma

    1. As a young girl I grew up hearing tales of historical battles, mostly featuring cavalry, and grew up in a series of places featuring names like Alma and Vimy. Every now and agan my father and his colleagues would buff up their best uniforms and there would be some sort of parade featuring names like Blues and Royals and Queen Elizabeth the second.For I grew up the daughter of a member of the household cavalry, the daughter of a soldier of the 5th Royal Dragoons (who algamated with The Blues to f [...]

    2. Men's fiction encompasses a lot of ground. Here we look at that time before the American Civil War, nearly the last major altercation to beset Europe before the WWI. The Crimean War.Our hero has a bit of a far fetched background. Educated as a gentleman, and with claims on his father, he decides to join the ranks. Within the ranks though he acts much more as we expect men of our own generation to act, instead of how men of his times act. Which all his contemporaries in the ranks do act so. We al [...]

    3. I think the Author has definately suffered here, not so much from a poorly conceived or written book, far from it; but from writing this novel in a heavily saturated market. The Author's choice of theatre and period is definately a more original one and his research and depiction of the Allied inadequacies at this early stage of the Crimean War are spot on. However, I can't help but feel that he has been forced into finding an original angle to make the main protagonist stand out from the crowd. [...]

    4. 3.5 stars. This was a fun rollick of a book through the Crimean War. There is a little bit of everything in it: rivalry, intrigue, romance, big battles, small gun fights, honour and dishonour. The writing is quite workmanlike, so don't expect a literary truffle, and research that Kilworth has done gives a realistic picture of what life was like on the battlefield for ordinary soldiers in the mid-nineteenth century. The main character is a complex, honourable man, the son of a minor noble, who's [...]

    5. During the Crimean War a Sergeant, who has a secret aristocratic background, and some of his “men” are selected for special / clandestine duties which leads them into a series of adventures.The writing style and characters are good. The action descriptions are generally good – but occasionally the level of detail makes the novel feel a bit like a history lesson.A really good read if you like boys own adventures. I’ll probably look out for more books in the series and / or by the same aut [...]

    6. Reminiscent of Richard Sharpe. Interesting, vivid details of the Crimean War. Good place to begin historical search.

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