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Last Stand at Majuba Hill (Simon Fonthill #4)

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It is 1881, and General George Pomeroy-Colley, commander of the British forces in Natal, is planning to stamp out a rebellion. He is convinced the Transvaal Boers can pose no serious threat, but he needs reliable information. He calls on former army captain Simon Fonthill.

A veteran of the recent Zulu and Sekukuni campaigns, Fonthill knows to never underestimate the enemy.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 6th 2007 by Headline (first published 2007)
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May 24, 2010 Bill rated it liked it
I started this book with some trepidation since I felt the third book in the series was a disappointment, but was soon caught up in the adventure and now believe this was the best in the series so far. I knew nothing about the Boer War and was caught surprised at the resolution. In fact, Wilcox's settings are what make the books fascinating, highlighting little known battles and wars (with the exception of the first book which takes place during the Zulu War, culminating in the famous Battle of ...more
Ron Decaigny
Feb 26, 2010 Ron Decaigny rated it really liked it
I read historic fiction primarily as a more enjoyable way to broaden my historical knowledge, as opposed to usually fairly dry non fiction tombs. I have read all of John Wilcox's series and have found them well researched, nicely plotted and populated with interesting and likeable characters,
A real plus for me is they are placed in a period that hasn't been written to death ( Rorkes Drift notwitstanding)So we are reading about out of the mainstream wars and battles and the people and political
Jun 26, 2013 Noirfifre rated it liked it
One of those novels you like but... The story is likeable but the manner in which the war broke out and the tactics used were at times mind bogling: like the survival of some characters without a scratch but that happens in war.

SOmetimes I felt the description of the people were forced, affecting at times the flow of the story for me. In addition that bit of romance between Anne and Simon was well, awkward.
John Strohm
Sep 21, 2011 John Strohm rated it liked it
Not a bad British military book. It's got the particular British focus on class and breeding. As the author is British, his books seem to focus not on glamorous British victories, but instead on defeats. It's the only culture I know that celebrates failure so readily.

While this book won't give you any great insights into the British empire, nor is it a great work of literature, it is an enjoyable read and thoroughly realistic.
Jul 10, 2016 Richard rated it liked it
The first Simon Fonthill novel I read was Road to Kandihar which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have read a number since and while most are readable I find the odd one a little bit uneven and padded out. This one I felt, ended almost abruptly. It did benefit, however, from not having Simon's love interest, Alice, being shoehorned into the story which tends to skew the main plot line. On the whole this is one of the better stories in the series shining light on the beginning of the Boer conflicts.
Jul 16, 2015 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Wilcox is a great story teller.If you have ever read any of the Flashman books you will enjoy these stories of Simon Fonthill.He is a much tamer English officer but still thoroughly enjoyable.Graham Padden does an excellent job as the reader.
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John Wilcox started out as a local reporter and journalist in Birmingham before spending many years in industry, which took him all round the world. He finally sold his company to devote himself to writing full-time. He lives in Salisbury.
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