Events that took place on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1910 are resurrected for Joe Sandilands 12 years later.
On a welcome break from his duties, he is spending a fortnight with his old army friend James Lindsay, commander of the British army's fort at Gor Khatri on the Afghan border. There is an uneasy peace in operation, but into the delicate situation is injected an ill-assorted group of visitors.
After a skirmish that results in the death of a Pathan prince and the taking of hostages, Joe and James are given a week in which to find the killer. Otherwise the frontier is likely to erupt into war. Drawing on all his skills, Joe sets out to find the murderer.
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Tedious and long winded.....A big disappointment.
I loved the Last Kashmiri Rose by same author and narrator, but this was no where near the same league.
It was tedious, long winded, nothing much happened, and the section introducing the characters as they arrived at the Fort I had to listen to a number of times to distinguish who was who.
The opening scene, which was clear and precise.
Hard to say as they were not well drawn, and one felt no emotional involvement with any of them. Three were excessively annoying and I had no empathy for them or their plight.
The Last Kashmiri Rose (book 1) is so beautifully written that you could hear and smell India. The descriptions were thorough and exquisite. The characters were well drawn and given life through small nuances and characteristics. The detail in the book was outstanding and the writer's research was top class. This book however, lacks all those qualities and one of the few I have had to attempt to return to on a numer of occasions but still cannot finish. A disappointment.
- Claire Kendall-Price