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The Road to Kandahar (Simon Fonthill #2)

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The year is 1879, and Captain Simon Fonthill is ready for another challenge. Having survived the Zulu onslaught at Rorke's Drift, he is sent to the North-West Frontier - India's border with Afghanistan - and charged with a dangerous mission. Fonthill must infiltrate the warlike Pathan tribes and pass vital intelligence back to the British camp. He swiftly discovers a plot ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 5th 2005 by Headline (first published March 7th 2005)
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L.M. Mountford
Sep 11, 2015 L.M. Mountford rated it it was ok
I bought this in a charity shop. I was curious about it and as i am working on a novel set at the time of the Zulu war, I though this might give me an idea of the time. However i could not finish the book.

Why, I can not say. The author's didn't agree with me but that is not rare. I didn't like the character's, again not unusual. And i struggled to picture the acts playing out as actually happening.Yet all of these are my own issuses. The book itself is not bad, but i just couldn't enjoy it and w
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Gray Dourman
May 18, 2015 Gray Dourman rated it it was ok
Finished finally amidst so many other things on my list. I can only say it was pretty vacant. Well written. The plot moved along fine. But was there a point. If there was I couldn't find it. It was bit like television. It filled the time but was very forgettable.
Andrew
Nov 21, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The somewhat reluctant British hero Simon Fonthill returns to action for the second time, with his faithful Welsh sidekick 352 Jenkins – so known because of the sheer volume of men named Jenkins in his parent regiment – never far behind.

In some ways, the comparison between Wilcox’s Fonthill and Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe is justified, given that the two men are obviously larger-than-life fictionalised heroes, fighting in real campaigns, and interacting with real people in the process, and the two
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Milton Soong
Jul 25, 2011 Milton Soong rated it really liked it
Old fashioned derring do on the frontier. The author does pretty good action scenes, but te main character behaves like a modern 20th century person and talk like one. Not the best Victorian Hist-fic (Frazer still retains that title).
John Mann
Jun 24, 2016 John Mann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Good rip roaring read. The pages just rattled by. I like the characters of Simon Fonthill and 352 Jenkins. Look forward to the next one in the series.
Michael
May 07, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok
just about readable.nothing great.
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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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