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Red Runs the Helmand

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A gripping adventure in which Mercer brilliantly brings to life the story of soldiers in the Second Anglo-Afghan War.


Anthony Morgan, now just appointed as general, has two of his sons, one his legitimate heir, one his bastard, both fighting in the ranks.


Morgan has arrived just as one of the rival princelings has begun to control Herat, and is determined to carve out some
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Paperback, 373 pages
Published April 12th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published April 1st 2011)
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Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
A region that has been fought over for centuries, a region so hostile that Alexander the Great sought treaties with the locals rather than have to fight his way across the region.
It's a lesson that no one has learned and even today we seem to have forgotten!
Unlike the action that our troops are seeing today, this story is set in the time of Empire the time of great adventurers and privileged fools.
This the third book in Mercer's Anthony Morgan trilogy follows a British general (Morgan) through
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Chris
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This was probably the weakest of the trilogy, however it was still quite an enjoyable book. Morgan has grown and is nearly 50 by the this book and both his sons -who have a mutual dislike of each other- are grown too and both in the army.

The book ties up some lose ends and rounds the series off well with the continual usage of well known and likeable characters and some tragedy too.

The major criticism I have of the book is the frequent use of french words. I don't remember that from the other
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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 ...more