Casca 32: The Anzac, Tony Roberts

Casca 32: The Anzac, Tony Roberts

The Eternal Mercenary

This entry in the Casca series starts with our hero recovering from desperate wounds inflicted by a flamethrower on the Western Front. Trapped onboard ship his amazing powers of recovery are noticed by a medical orderly. Forced to flee from a hospital in Alexandria, he takes refuge with an Australian unit about to take part in the Gallipoli landings

Roberts has produced an evocative account of the fighting on the narrow-beach heads at Gallipoli, where the Allies were pinned down by well positioned Turkish lines that took advantage of a superb defensive position. Casca takes part in one attack launched from tunnels that I would have found somewhat unconvincing if I had not just reach about the same attack in an study of underground warfare during the Great War!

This is a consistently well written, entertaining novel, that like the previous entry in the series is plot-led, avoiding the danger of becoming a historical travelogue. These last two books demonstrate the strength of this series - separated by 850 years but linked by the same strong central character.

Author: Tony Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 166
Publisher: Americana
Year: 2010
The book is also available from the Casca Website

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