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Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana Audiobook

Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana: The Anglo-Zulu War, Book 1

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It is December 1878, and war looms on the horizon in South Africa. British high commissioner Sir Henry Bartle-Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighboring kingdom of the Zulus and uses an incursion along the disputed border as his justification for war. He issues an impossible ultimatum to the Zulu king, Cetshwayo, demanding he disband his armies and pay massive reparations. With a heavy heart, the king prepares his nation for war against their former allies.

Leading the invasion is Lieutenant General Sir Frederic Thesiger, Baron Chelmsford, a highly experienced officer fresh off a decisive triumph over the neighboring Xhosa tribes. He and Frere are convinced that a quick victory over the Zulus will negate any repercussions from the home government for launching what is, in essence, an illegal war.

Recently arrived to South Africa are newly recruited privates Arthur Wilkinson and Richard Lowe, members of C Company, 1/24th Regiment of Foot under the venerable Captain Reginald Younghusband. Eager for adventure, they are prepared to do their duty both for the empire and for their friends.

As Frere's ultimatum expires, the army of British redcoats and allied African auxiliaries crosses the uMzinyathi River at Rorke's Drift into Zululand. Ten days later the British and Zulus will meet their destiny at the base of a mountain called Isandlwana.

©2016 James M. Mace (P)2017 James M. Mace

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  • Amazon Customer nutbutter
    11/12/17
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    "great story"

    great story about some truly heroic deeds an men. War is never a pretty thing,never like tv. But men can aspire to some awe inspiring moments at such times. This book ,I think captured it greatly

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    Eloy, AZ, United States
    24/11/17
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    "Wonderful glimpse into history"

    I love well researched and well written historical fiction and this book is exactly that. How much of the personality, behavior and opinions of the characters is true to history... I don't know. What I do know is, that each character was written in a truly believable manner that was engaging and kept me on the edge of my earbuds wanting to know how their role, in this part of history, would unfold. The story was written with glimpses into the actions and beliefs/ motivations of many characters.
    The story was told through the people on both sides of the conflict. The details describing the harsh conditions and battles were enough for me to feel for those involved and get a sense of the tragic affair without being too overly gory.
    I have never seen any of the movies or learned much about the Anglo-Zulu wars.

    I want to listen to the next book! I would definitely read/ listen to another by this author.

    The narrator did a wonderful job with the voices and bringing life to the story. I am not an expert on the Zulu language but I think he did a great job pronouncing the Zulu words and names and phrases. He spoke them without stumbling or hesitation which made them sound all the more correct.

    I was given this free, review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nomi
    21/11/17
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    "👍🏻"

    This was a fascinating book. I knew nothing of this historically speaking so now I’ll have to learn more. Very interesting. Well written with characters that held my interest. I definitely enjoyed this one. The narration was well done. Great performance.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Karowski
    12/11/17
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    "The Zulu war brought to life"

    I grew up a fan of history and of the wars that shaped our world. One of my favorite movies as a child and as an adult was Zulu, Michael Caine’s first movie (he played Bromhead). A tale of the battle for Rorke’s drift. This story is book 1 is the Zulu war a historical fiction that takes you and puts you right there into the hearts and minds of the British, the Zulu and the other native and settlers of the era and area. It covers the event leading up to and the subsequent disaster that was the battle of Islandawana, the precursor to the battle of Rorke’s drift. The story lends a gritty realism to the facts of the battle and truly connects you to the players that shaped the war into what it was. Highly recommend and can’t wait for the rest of the series. Many hours of great entertainment. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler Beal
    6/04/17
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    "Excellent Rendition"

    Excellent rendition of a brutal event. The historical accuracy was spot on and Mace filled in the gaps wonderfully with his own narrative, bringing the characters on both sides of this conflict to life. Context was laid nicely and the battle itself was very well done. Waters' did a fine job narrating as well, deftly navigating the accents and names. Anxiously awaiting part two...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Kevin McSweeney
    23/11/17
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    "Brilliant "

    A Wonderful insight into a well known battle brilliantly told. The characters became very real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Alan R. Jenkins
    West Midlands, UK
    22/11/17
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    "The Greatest British Defeat Explained"

    Thoroughly engaging audio book, which compelled me to buy the follow on book 2. The battle at Isandlwana is well known and well documented; however, this book treats the subject with an air of personal empathy and deals with the two sides equally well both prior to, during and after the battle.

    Overall the book is well presented and the story clearly compelling; its one shortfall may well be the performance, which I found a tiny bit overly theatrical at times (but I can only compliment Jonathan Waters on his reading).

    The personal stories blended well with the objective of the book; and brought to light a couple of items that in the film "Zulu Dawn" that were not dealt with; and indeed highlighted some of the errors that are contained within that same film production. This book helps put the record straight from the point of view of the film production.

    The language is crude but appropriate in places; and this is what gives the book that personal reflective tone rather than reading (or listening) to a non-fiction historical book.

    Worth a listen; and not excessively long, so you will not get unduly tired of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • daniel c.
    6/11/17
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    "proud but sad."

    really good listen , very disruptive. It puts you right in the middle of the fight. you know the outcome but you still think that some of the key lads are gonna make it. can't wait for the nxt one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MKat
    21/09/17
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    "Great Title"
    What did you like most about Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana?

    Well researched book, Really puts you at the heart of the battle


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana?

    The descriptive details of the individual soldiers


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The build up to the battle


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    all of it


    Any additional comments?

    nil

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pauldrums777
    31/07/17
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    "did not finish."

    A pet preev of mine is a dishonest/fake accent and I seem to have a ear for it.
    the narrator is clearly a yank trying to do some type of old upper class style southern english accent. rather than just telling the story with some drama and genuine interest in ones true daily speaking voice it felt like some kind of reading performance or act. sorry.
    maybe audiobooks arn't for me. think I'll stick to Dan Carlin and good old printed books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Groverover
    2/05/17
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    "Brilliant book."

    This is a brilliant book about something I already know a lot about but thus has really personalised the events for me. The narrator is good except for the odd obvious word which you would assume everybody knows how to pronounce. The most obvious example is ' Trafalgar ' which the narrator rhymes with raffle car!!!!!!!!! Don't let the odd howler like this put you off. The story is great, and I will definitely be buying the sequel to this if the author writes one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    17/04/17
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    "Eye opening"

    It was a great book which was authentic in the way it took me back in time. With humour, love, and action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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