What the readers think

Seven reviews have appeared on Amazon so far. I’m hoping more people will comment on the book in due course. At the moment, each review is Five Stars which is marvellous. Here’s what they say:

What a fantastic read! I was pulled into Eldred’s story immediately. You feel like you’re right there with him. Hastilow has managed to make this tale spring off the page, he writes with empathy humour and compassion. It also made me Google a lot and started a whole new chain of interest! Loved it. This would make a great TV adaptation.

Just loved this book. From the very beginning I was so invested in poor Eldred and so angry at the stupid, self-serving bureaucrats masquerading as senior officers with superior knowledge and insight. Hard to believe that so much of it is true and the real culprits were never truly taken to task for their mistakes. How little changes!

Nigel Hastilow is an excellent story-teller and this is an absorbing read especially for those that enjoy a historical novel. This fascinating tale, based on truth, is of a British Officer sent to Afghanistan during Queen Victoria’s rein who is faced with extraordinary challenges. There are dark parallels with our recent history and it left me with sadness that the wisdom to be learned is not resonant with our leaders of today.

This is a cracking good read brought to life with wonderful descriptions of the places and the emotions of the main character Eldred. And what a life – I felt his suffering – couldn’t put it down for two days.

His best work to date – very easy to get into and totally absorbing from start to finish. The author takes us into the heart of Afghanistan, in all seasons and weathers, with a large cast of well drawn characters. Raises complex moral issues, entirely relevant to today. Astonishing local detail and very convincing scenes of war and its aftermath. Strongly recommended.

Brilliantly written and the research must overtaken an age. So engaging and a piece of history that needs to be known. Congratulations Nigel Hastilow. An author to follow for sure.

A great blockbuster of a read: Please may I give this more than 5 stars! This is a wonderful, gripping, entertaining, eventful, thought-provoking yarn. Brilliantly written and evoking the atmosphere of the British Empire, the book reads as if you are there with the characters, their daily habits, their routines, what they eat, wear, speak – you feel as if you are a witness to these historic events.
This is so different to the author’s other books – which are also great reads. Don’t be daunted by the length – once you get started you will get to the end in no time – you just can’t put it down. If Cecil B de Mille or David Lean were still around this would make a great blockbuster big screen tale.
And this was particularly interesting to me as I have driven up the Khyber Pass from Pakistan to Kabul, and I have toured Afghanistan including Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Band-e Amir and Bamyan – so I pictured them when they featured in the book.
I highly recommend this book.