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The Black Jackals
Iain Gale
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The Black Jackals (Peter Lamb #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  89 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The start of a brand new WWII series from Iain Gale, author of Alamein.A masterly portrayal of World War Two heroism, with vivid action and stirring personal journeys.A small team of soldiers, left behind to cover the British retreat, are ordered to blow the bridge as late as possible to stem the German tank pursuit. Although successful, the operation kills desperate refug ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 17th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2011)
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Seamus Mcduff
Competent, but not inspired, WWII historical fiction set around the events of the expulsion of the BEF from Normandy in 1940.
Another reviewer commented that the characters are not superheroes. But in fact that was one problem I had with the book; Lieutenant Peter Lamb seems to know just the right thing to do in every situation, and is constantly being told he is a "remarkable man" by his peers, and senior officers. This starts from the outside when he stops a German attack single-handedly with a
J. Jones
Having recently got around to reading an Iain Gale book (Jack Steele - Man of honour) and thoroughly enjoying it, I was looking forward to reading this one, particularly as only a few weeks ago I had read another book set during WW2 and had surprised myself by really enjoying that.

That said I've got to be honest and say that whilst this was not a bad book, it was nowhere near as enjoyable as the Jack Steele novel. I've spent a bit of time trying to work out what it was that I didn't like and I t
10/08 - This was a fictional account of a real WWII battle. When I first started reading I was under the impression that other than WWII and the British, French and German armies fighting each other nothing was historically accurate. I was pleasantly surprised to read in the historical note that pretty much every thing except Lamb and his men and their mission were taken from accurate historical accounts, instead of Gale's imagination as I had originally assumed. I was a little suspicious of the ...more
An enjoyable tale set in the retreat through France in 1940. A bit of a page turner although I found it a bit predictable towards the end. Despite that I am looking forward to reading the next Peter Lamb adventure
James Kidd
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent WWII novel. The action moves along nicely, the characters are not superheroes (which is refreshing) and the realism is present and correct. I would definitely read the next Peter Lamb novel from Iain Gale. I already have Alamein to read and will try and get to that soon-ish.
Jack Oughton
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Promising and apparently realistic WW2 military fiction
i enjoyed the book, a bit of a page turner but a bit unbelievable too
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jolly good show old bean, a rip roaring yarn of the old Dunkirk spirit and British stiff upper lip during the early years of WW2. Bloody marvelous
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Iain Gale has always had a passion for military history. He is the Editor of the National Trust for Scotland magazine and Art critic for Scotland on Sunday. He lives outside Edinburgh with his wife and children. His first novel, Four Days in June,is a stand-alone military adventure set on the battlefields of Waterloo.
He is also the writer of eleven non-fiction books.
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