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Merdeka by [Gunn, Lachlan]
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Length: 319 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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'Merdeka' (which means freedom or independence in Malay) is set in Malaya in 1957. The story covers both sides in the conflict and moves from jungle combat to romance on a tropical beach..... it shows the emotional cost of war.

Acting on secret intelligence a Gurkha patrol from the British Army is sent deep into the jungle to ambush a group of Chinese Communist Terrorists. It is accompanied by Alick Gordon, a young officer from the Scottish Border Regiment, Arthur Bryant, a seasoned District Superintendent from the Special Branch of the Malayan Police and Jalil, a tracker and guide from the local orang asli people.

The Communist Unit is led by Hor Too, a renowned and ruthless jungle fighter and is accompanied by Ah Sim, a female member of the Politburo. The tide has turned for the Communists due to the successful counter-insurgency campaign, where the phrase winning the 'hearts and minds' of a population was first coined.

The outcome of the ambush is unexpected and Alick Gordon is deeply affected by some of the deaths. In the days after independence (Merdeka) he takes a short break and makes a journey across Malaya. He finds comfort and solace in the company of those he meets, and one person will change his life forever.


“Merdeka is an excellent first novel from an exciting new author about the Malayan Emergency - a forgotten war and an emerging theme for contemporary fiction.”
The British Army Rumour Service

“This is a crisply told tale with a strong narrative line and a cast of well-drawn characters.”
Trevor Royle - Broadcaster and Author

"Merdeka is a military book that smoothly finds the balance between love, history and warfare."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 898 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Lachlan Gunn in association with BenAlpin Books; 2 edition (16 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #973,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jungle warfare impacts fighters 25 June 2014
By Bob in eastern Washington - Published on
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The heat and humidity of the Malaysian jungle comes through as last days of British rule are spent fighting insurgents wanting freedom from their British rulers. The communists start to wonder if they should continue the struggle as independence day approaches. the story focuses on one British soldier and a woman who is a communist guerilla. Both the heroism the fighters and the ultimate futility of the war come through.
I was concerned when the climactic battle took place and there was a large part of the book left. But the author used those pages well to show how the survivors dealt with the psychological aftermath of the war.
I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 because at times the narrative got bogged down in excessive detail that added little to the story line or to the feeling of the environment -- such as dragging the reader along on a drive lasting most of the day, but during which nothing much happened.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 20 August 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Very good book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The war that wasn't a war.. 3 August 2013
By Linda Bahnan - Published on
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...for reasons of insurance.
I bought this book because my father died in that conflict. His body has only been found recently and I went to the memorial service in Kuala Lumpur last year - but that's my story. Merdeka means independence and that was what it was all about - independence from capitalist, as well as communist imperialism. The book deals with the background to this independence and straddles the date of Malay(si)an liberation. The story - the nitty gritty of the plot - is very professionally set up, which is not surprising, considering that this writer is the great nephew of Neil Gunn (Look him up!) The characters are believable, easy to empathise with, whatever their political affiliations and introduced in a way which is manageable to the reader. Nothing about this book annoyed me - surely, a first - not even the small punctuation errors (I'm notoriously nitpicking) - and I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of reading it from the very unusual beginning, in which events are predicted, to the classic ending - classic, not clichéd. It's got everything I love in a book: adventure, disaster, romance and all the loose ends sewn up - very satisfying. This conflict, I'm told, is almost virgin territory as a subject for novels. I hope so because I've started doing the research for my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story, evocative of a forgotten era. 8 September 2014
By Leslie Jones - Published on
A great story, and very well written with good pace and a believable narrative. I particularly liked the balance of descriptive narrative, which brought the story alive with its evocation of a forgotten era, and the face-paced action and story development. Great stuff Lachlan - when's the next novel coming out?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Merdeka is a book well worth the read 10 December 2011
By Blondie21 - Published on
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Merdeka was recommended to me by a friend. Initially I thought it was going to be a book for the boys! Not so.....yes there is plenty of action, but there is also a real depth of feeling and sensitivity to the characters which the author manages to get across. The hot pursuit through the jungle, kept me turning the pages and I began to really live the story having been to that part of the world. I would definitely recommend this book as it reaches all the emotions!