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What a great book! What do you get if you cross a journalist with a novelist? A story intertwining real events with made-up characters that is told with such finesse it can be hard to tell fact from fiction. Sailah takes our dusty old history books and turns them into a work of art full of intrigue and mystery. I really enjoyed this book, the reality of the novel's setting helped me to learn about significant events in Australia's history and the fictional characters kept me turning the pages. I've also read Sailah's prequel to 'Killing Kitchener', 'A Fatal Tide', and can honestly say these books only get better and better, can't wait for a third. - KS
If anything, this page-turning mystery WW1 novel is more riveting than its prequel, A Fatal Tide...! It skillfully weaves together a very human story of its fictional Australian hero caught up in a web of murder and mystery, amidst astounding, historically true events and characters. It is beautifully written, satisfyingly bringing to life dramatic historical events including the demise of Kitchener at sea, spy plots to overturn the outcomes of WW1, exotic locations including Gallipoli and Cairo, little discussed themes of aboriginal and women’s participation in the war, cameo encounters with Lawrence of Arabia and sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The perfect Christmas read or Father’s Day gift...
This book is a powerful and astute commentary on the complexities of war and the ambiguity of loyalties. There is no black and white in war, or for that matter in any human encounter. This book skilfully explores this, and the hero who starts out believing that some things are clear cut, comes to realise that it is not always that simple. I don’t usually read books about war but I loved this novel as a masterful piece of historical fiction. Anyone who likes this genre, will love this book.
I enjoyed this sequel to A Fatal Tide. It has really brought to life for me stories of the First World War period that I had heard, but seemed distant. I love Steve’s ability to bring such vitality to critical scenes that I find myself smelling and feeling the dust filling a trench or feeling the bite of freezing salt spray in a North Sea gale.
The evocative images created in this historical novel clearly indicate the author’s thorough research and attention to detail. His description of battling the sea was particularly gripping. Enjoyed meeting some familiar characters from ‘A Fatal Tide’, as well as one or two intriguing new ones. Appreciated the unpredictability of the plot and touches of humour.