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With the exception of the terrible retreat from Afghanistan, none of England's many little wars have been so fatal in proportion to the number of those engaged as our first expedition to Burma. The Burman policy of carrying off every boat on the river, laying waste the whole country, and driving away the inhabitants and the herds, maintained our army as prisoners in Rangoon through the first wet season; and caused the loss of half the white officers and men first sent there.

The subsequent campaign was no less fatal and, although large reinforcements had been sent, fifty percent of the whole died; so that less than two thousand fighting men remained in the ranks, when the expedition arrived within a short distance of Ava. Not until the last Burmese army had been scattered did the court of Ava submit to the by no means onerous terms we imposed.
©2017 SAGA Egmont (P)2017 SAGA Egmont

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  • 03-11-2017

Great story! Great reading. Editor - not so much

Unique plot with common Henty brilliance makes yet another wonderful romp through 19th Century coming-of-age. Great morals and values for present-day young-men-in-training, as well as young-men-at-heart.

Mike Harris is a brilliant reader, but this work needs a good round through an editorial process. Stutters, inadvertent delays, and unfortunate breathing moments interrupt a wonderful job of adding voices for characters and modifying style to match thematic and plot turns. Good job, Mike. Get an editor.

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  • yakov
  • 26-09-2017

I love Mike harris' reading.

The audio sample is unfortunate. on the whole, this book is most enjoyable. I first heard this on Librivox and some of the recording quality isn't professional but it's very easy listening and lots of good history.

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