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The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders

London 1888: George 'Zulu' Hart is the mixed-race illegitimate son of a Dublin actress and (he suspects) the Duke of Cambridge, commander-in-chief of the army. George has fought his way through wars in Africa and Afghanistan, won the VC and married his sweetheart, but he's also a gambler, short of money and in no position to turn down the job of 'minder' to Prince Albert Victor, second in line to the throne.

George is to befriend the charming young cavalry officer and keep him out of trouble - no easy task, given that the Prince is a known target for Irish nationalist assassins, while his secret sexual orientation leaves him open to blackmail and scandal.

To make matters worse, the Prince is also in the habit of heading out late at night to sample the dubious pleasures of the East End.
Both outsiders in their different ways, perhaps the two men have more in common than they know, but when a series of horrible murders begins in Whitechapel, on just the nights the Prince has been there, George is drawn into an investigation which forces him to confront the unthinkable...

A brilliant standalone adventure based on detailed research, this is a thrilling novel of suspense and a fascinating new twist on the Jack the Ripper story.

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Hart of Empire

The second instalment in the George Hart series, set during the 2nd Anglo-Afghan War of 1878-80.

George Hart is asked by Prime Miinister Disraeli to undertake a secret mission to Afghanistan. Hart's mixed race makes it easy for him to go undercover, and with his past catching up on him in England, he accepts the job. Hart must journey through a strange and violent land, to steal the iconic Prophet's Cloak, a potent symbol of rebellion for religious extremists. But, on the run with a dangerously alluring Afghan princess, Hart finds himself questioning his mission. Loyalty to his conscience or his country - Hart must decide.

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Zulu Hart

Saul’s debut historical novel, Zulu Hart – set during the Zulu War and featuring the adventures of the soldier George Hart – was published in March 2009. Praised by Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden, it was chosen as a Waterstone’s New Talent in Fiction title and reached No. 4 in the Daily Telegraph hardback fiction bestsellers. The paperback came out last November and, with 9,500 sales in the first full week, made the Bookseller’s official Top 50. It has now sold almost 100,000 copies in the UK in hardback and paperback combined.

George Hart is the bastard son of a pillar of the British military establishment and a half Irish, half Zulu actress.

Bullied at school for his suspiciously dark skin and lack of a father, Hart soon learns to fight – and win. At eighteen, his world is shaken by his mother’s revelation that his anonymous fathr is willing to give him a vast inheritance – provided he can prove himself worthy of the prize as an officer in the King’s Dragoon Guards.

At a time when racism and prejudice are rife in Victorian society, Hart struggles to come to terms with his identity. Forced to leave the army, he decides to head to South Africa, and a fresh start.

But George Hart has soldiering in his blood, and once in Africa the urge to serve again is strong. Yet now he is caught between two fierce and unyielding forces as Britain drives towards war with the Zulus. Hart must make a choice – and fight for his life.

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SBS: Silent Warriors – The Authorised Wartime History


Britain’s SBS - or Special Boat Service - was the world’s first maritime special operations unit. Founded in the dark days of 1940, it started as a small and inexperienced outfit that leaned heavily on volunteers’ raw courage and boyish enthusiasm. It went on to change the course of the Second World War – and has served as a model for special forces ever since.

The fledgling unit’s first mission was a daring beach reconnaissance of Rhodes in the spring of 1941. Over the next four years, the SBS and its affiliates would carry out many more spectacular operations in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the Channel and the Far East. These missions – including Operation Frankton, the daredevil attempt by the “Cockleshell Heroes” to paddle up the Garonne river and sink Axis ships in Bordeaux harbour – were some of the most audacious and legendary of the war.

Paddling flimsy canoes, and armed only with knives, pistols and a few sub machine guns, this handful of brave and determined men operated deep behind enemy lines in the full knowledge that if caught they might be executed. Many were.

Yet their many improbable achievements – destroying enemy ships and infrastructure, landing secret agents, tying up enemy forces, spreading fear and uncertainty, and, most importantly, preparing the ground for D-Day – helped to make an Allied victory possible.

Written with the full cooperation of the modern SBS – the first time this ultra-secretive unit has given its seal of approval to any book – and exclusive access to its archives, SBS: Silent Warriors allows Britain’s original special forces to emerge from the shadows and take their proper and deserved place in our island story.

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Crucible of Hell

From award-winning historian Saul David, an action-packed and powerful new narrative of the Battle of Okinawa – the last great clash of the Second World War, and one that had profound consequences for the modern world.

For eighty-three blood-soaked days, the fighting on the island of Okinawa plumbed depths of savagery as bad as anything seen on the Eastern Front. When it was over, almost a quarter of a million people had lost their lives, making it by far the bloodiest US battle of the Pacific. In Okinawa, the death toll included thousands of civilians lost to mass suicide, convinced by Japanese propaganda that they would otherwise be raped and murdered by the enemy. On the US side, David argues that the horror of the battle ultimately determined President Truman’s choice to use atomic bombs in August 1945.

It is a brutal, heart-rending story, and one David tells with masterly attention to detail: the cramped cockpit of a kamikaze plane, the claustrophobic gun turret of a warship under attack, and a half-submerged foxhole amidst the squalor and battle detritus. The narrative follows generals, presidents and emperors, as well as the humbler experiences of ordinary servicemen and families on both sides, and the Okinawan civilians who were caught so tragically between the warring parties.

Using graphic eyewitness accounts and declassified documents from archives in three continents, Saul David illuminates a shocking chapter of history that is too often missing from Western-centric narratives of the Second World War.

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Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport

The definitive account of one of the greatest Special Forces missions ever, the Raid of Entebbe, by acclaimed military historian Saul David.

On June 27, 1976, an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked by a group of Arab and German terrorists who demanded the release of 53 terrorists. The plane was forced to divert to Entebbe, in Uganda--ruled by the murderous despot Idi Amin, who had no interest in intervening.

Days later, Israeli commandos disguised as Ugandan soldiers assaulted the airport terminal, killed all the terrorists, and rescued all the hostages but three who were killed in the crossfire. The assault force suffered just one fatality: its commander, Yoni Netanyahu (brother of Israel's current Prime Minister.) Three of the country's greatest leaders: Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin planned and pulled off one of the most astonishing military operations in history.

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The Force: The Legendary Special Ops Unit and WWII’s Mission Impossible

In December of 1943, as Nazi forces sprawled around the world and the future of civilization hung in the balance, a group of highly trained U.S. and Canadian soldiers from humble backgrounds was asked to do the impossible: capture a crucial Nazi stronghold perched atop stunningly steep cliffs. The men were a rough-and-ready group, assembled from towns nested in North America's most unforgiving terrain, where many of them had struggled through the Great Depression relying on canny survival skills and the fearlessness of youth. Brought together by the promise to take part in the military's most elite missions, they formed a unique brotherhood tested first by the crucible of state-of-the-art training-including skiing, rock climbing, and parachuting-and then tragically by the vicious fighting they would face.

The early battle in the Italian theatre for the strategic fort cost the heroic U.S.-Canadian commando unit-their first special forces unit ever assembled-enormous casualties. Yet the victory put them in position to continue their drive into Italy, setting the stage for the Allies' resurgence toward victory in WWII. The unit, with its vast range of capabilities and mission-specific exercises, became a model for the "Green Berets" and other special forces groups that would go on to accomplish America's most challenging undertakings behind enemy lines.

Following this intimate group of soldiers from recruitment through brutal training and into their baptism by fire in Italy, where the outcome of their raid was secured only at enormous cost, The Force describes how these too-often forgotten heroes managed a string of incredible feats with strategic importance to WWII. Knitting first-hand accounts seamlessly into the narrative-drawing on interviews with surviving members and their families; the memoirs, letters, and diaries of Forcemen; and declassified documents in the American, Canadian, British, and German archives -- The Force tells a story that is as deeply personal as it is inspiring.

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Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport

Midnight, 3rd July 1976. Israeli Special Forces land in darkness on a runway at Entebbe Airport in Idi Amin's Uganda. They have just three minutes to evade a cordon of elite Ugandan paratroopers, storm the airport terminal and free more than a hundred Israeli, French and US hostages. Operation Thunderbolt had begun.

Using classified documents from archives in four countries and interviews with key participants, including Israeli soldiers and politicians, hostages, a member of the Kenyan government and a former terrorist, many of whom have never been interviewed before, Saul David gives a thrilling minute by minute account of one of history's most daring rescue missions.

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100 Days to Victory: How the Great War was Fought & Won

Saul David’s 100 DAYS TO VICTORY is a totally original, utterly engaging account of the Great War – the first book to tell the story of the ‘war to end all wars’ through the events of one hundred key days between 1914 and 1918.

Ranging from the young Adolf Hitler’s reaction to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, through a Zeppelin raid on Scarborough, the tragic dramas of Gallipoli and the battlefields of the Western Front to the individual bravery of the first Indian VC, Saul David brings people and events dramatically to life. Throughout his gripping narrative we hear the voices of men and women both eminent and ordinary, some who were spectators on the Home Front, others - including Saul David's own family - who were embroiled in epic battles that changed the world forever.

100 DAYS TO VICTORY is the work of a great historian and supreme story teller. Most importantly, it is also an enthralling tribute to a generation whose sacrifice should never be forgotten.

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Military Blunders

Retelling the most spectacular cock-ups in military history, this graphic account has a great deal to say about the psychology of military incompetence and the reasons even the most well-oiled military machines inflict disaster upon themselves. Beginning in AD9 with the massacre of Varus and his legions in the Black Forest all the way up to present day conflict in Afghanistan it analyses why things go wrong on the battlefield and who is to blame.

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All The King’s Men: The British Soldier from the Restoration to Waterloo

‘The British soldier,’ wrote a Prussian officer who had served with Wellington, ‘is vigorous, well fed, by nature highly brave and intrepid, trained to the most vigorous discipline, and admirably well armed… These circumstances explain how this army…has never yet been defeated in the field.’

From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the Downfall of Napoleon in 1815, Britain won a series of major wars against France that enabled her to lay the foundations of a global empire. By Waterloo, she was the paramount maritime and industrial power in the world, and would remain so for much of the nineteenth century.

This is the story of that extraordinary century and a half of martial success and the people who made it possible: the soldier-kings William III and the first two Georges; the generals Marlborough, Wolfe, Moore and Wellington; and the ordinary British redcoats who – despite harsh service conditions that included low pay, poor housing, inadequate food and brutal discipline – rarely let their commanders down in battles as far afield as Blenheim, Plassey, Quebec and Waterloo.

In a fast moving narrative that ranges from the barracks and cabinet rooms of England to the rolling plains of Flanders (the ‘Cockpit of Europe’), the trackless wilderness of North America and the mountains of the Iberian Peninsula, Saul David paints a compelling and vivid portrait of the British soldier – Wellington’s ‘best of all Instruments’ – in peacetime and at war.

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From sword and shield to shock and awe, this is the story of war with all its momentous, world-changing impact and extraordinary human stories. Packed with outstanding contemporary paintings and photographs, objects and artefacts, maps and diagrams, WAR combines a compelling narrative with a wealth of fascinating features to present an unsurpassed chronicle of human conflict. From ancient Mesopotamia to the Gulf today, WAR documents every significant conflict and campaign, including key technologies, leaders, and tactics. The book concludes with an exhaustive directory of battles and military miscellania. Special features explore the broader themes of warfare, such as the role of supplies, communications, and medical care. From a Roman soldier’s letter home to an escaped POW’s boots, personal objects reveal the human drama of war for the soldiers caught up in conflicts through the ages.

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Victoria’s Wars – The Rise of Empire

During the period known as the ‘Dual Monarchy’, from Queen Victoria’s accession in 1837 to the death of her husband Albert in 1861, the British Empire almost quintupled in size. Its cities, canals, railways and telegraphs were changing the face of continents. It was well on the way to becoming the greatest empire the world had ever seen. This is the story of that extraordinary quarter century of imperial conquest and the people who made it happen.

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Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879

The Zulu War of 1879 was the most controversial and brutal British imperial conflict of the nineteenth century. Launched as a pre-emptive strike against the Zulu kingdom of King Cetshwayo – who had no quarrel with the British Empire – the war was supposed to turn a host of disparate colonies into a South African federation…..


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The Indian Mutiny: 1857

In 1857 the native troops of the Bengal army rose against their colonial masters. The ensuing insurrection was to become the bloodiest in the history of the British Empire. Combining storytelling with detailed research, Saul David narrates a tale both tragic and compelling. He provides new evidence that the true causes of the mutiny were much more complex, and disturbing, than previously assumed.

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Mud & Bodies

Neil Weir died in 1967, but it was not until 2009 that his grandson, Mike Burns, discovered his diary among some boxes he had been left, and learnt that his grandfather had served as an officer in the 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlander for much of the First World War.

A Captain and company commander at the age of nineteen, he fought at Loos, Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Ploegsteert Wood – ‘Plug Street’ – and the Somme. At Ploegsteert Wood, Weir's sector contained some of the largest mines ever dug under the German trenches and here the sister battalion he fought alongside was commanded by Winston Churchill. At Vimy Ridge he was with General Furse where a dud 18lb shell landed at their feet, and on the Somme he was recommended for a DSO and Mentioned in Dispatches for his role in the attack on Longueval in July 1916 which General Haig called ‘the best day we have had in this War’. This was where the troops took up their jumping-off positions at night, guided by white tape laid out in no man's land, and, protected by an early use of a ‘creeping’ artillery barrage, they advanced towards the German front line. Badly injured in the trenches later that year, Weir went on to train other young officers and then to work at the War Office in the section concerned with British intervention in the Russian Civil War.

In the diary, and the numerous accompanying letters, we hear the authentic voice of a First World War soldier and get an insight into his experiences on the Western Front and elsewhere. This book is one of the most fascinating and personal accounts ever published of the First World War as experienced by the men who fought it.

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Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency

Described by the Duke of Wellington as 'the most extraordinary compound of talent, wit, buffoonery, obstinacy and good feeling that I ever saw in one character in my life', George Augustus Frederick, Prince of Wales, later George IV, was a highly controversial figure. He courted both Whigs and Tories in his attempts to establish the Regency during the 'madness' of his father, George III. Scandalous liaisons with prostitutes and duchesses, and his 'secret' marriage to the Catholic Mrs Fitzherbert, tested his duty - to nation and to family. Yet his support for overseas campaigns against Napoleon, culminating in such historic victories as Trafalgar and Waterloo, consolidated Britain's status as the pre-eminent world power amid the great social and economic upheavals of the Industrial Revolution. Drawing on a wealth of original accounts of life in Georgian Britain, Saul David has created a masterly portrait - of a flamboyant, opportunistic and influential figure, and of a nation in a time of great change.

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The Homicidal Earl

The 7th Earl of Cardigan, the subject of this biography, is always remembered as the man who led the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava in 1854. A fatal event for so many of his men, it was to rejuvenate Cardigan's life. Hitherto his career had been dogged by public scandal and professional disgrace: a failed marriage to a divorcee, two court appearances for adultery, two courts martial, numerous duels (which earned him the sobriquet "the homicidal earl"), a state trial for intent to murder, dismissal from the command of a crack cavalry regiment, being blackballed 46 times by the leading military club, being hissed at in theatres, parliamentary questions about his conduct. All seemed conveniently forgotten in the wake of his valour at Balaclava. But was Cardigan a hero? Or was the fierce criticism of his conduct in the Crimea by fellow officers - that he ill-treated horses and men and, even worse, saved his own skin at Balaclava - justified, and in keeping with his reprehensible past? Against the backdrop of a country in the throws of social, political and economic revolution, the book depicts Lord Cardigan as a man both of and outside his times.

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Military Blunders: The how and why of military failure

‘Hurray, boys, we’ve got them!’ General Custer reportedly told his troops before the Battle of Little Bighorn. As this shrewd, controversial book shows, military disaster comes in many forms except, in hindsight, the unexpected. It both vividly describes some of the worst military blunders perpetrated since the birth of Christ and analyzes the psychological and tactical factors at play to show why they happened.

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Mutiny at Salerno: An Injustice Exposed

In late September 1943, almost 200 veterans of General Montgomery’s Eighth Army were arrested for refusing repeated orders to join units of the US Fifth Army at the Salerno beachhead in sourthern Italy. Within six weeks, all but one had been found guilty of mutiny, their sentences ranging from five years’ penal servitude to death.

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Churchill’s Sacrifice of the Highland Division: France 1940

On 12 June 1940, more than a week after the last British troops had been evacuated from Dunkirk, the 51st (Highland) Division, Scotland’s pride, was forced to surrender to General Erwin Rommel at St Valéry-en-Caux in Normandy……

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