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by Gareth Ellis

It is Malaya in 1957, during the Emergency. A foursome of South Wales Fusiliers is patrolling in the jungle. They find a downed plane from the Second World War. Meanwhile a second foursome, this time from the enemy, the Malayan Liberation Army is also about. They meet and there is a fight. Three of the "Liberators" are killed and the fourth gets away, but he, too, has seen the plane and its cargo of gold bullion. Now read on…

But wait, it’s not as simple as that. There’s something else in the plane as well as the bullion. When the three remaining Fusiliers head back to the jungle in 1982 to search for it, they are not alone, for now various secret services are involved, both British and American. Even the Gurkhas get roped in. And also, the one surviving "Liberator" is returning to the jungle, after involving the British Chinese underground (everyone’s in this book!). What is going on?

What’s going on is what used to be described as a rollicking good read; a boy’s own adventure done to perfection. I thoroughly enjoyed this yarn and got completely taken up with the action. It is not predictable and the cast of characters is a lot larger than I have outlined above. These characters are also painted well, particularly the fusiliers, which, from the brief outline on the back, is Gareth Ellis’s own background.

 

 

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ISBN 0862439264
Y Lolfa, 2006
264pp, paperback
Retail price 6.95

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Open Book

Review by Chris Williams

Also, this is a well produced paperback from Y Lolfa, done on good quality paper with an excellent cover and nary a typo in sight. So, all around, I have nothing but praise for this work. I do, however, have a suggestion. The other thing that is in the plane, and I’m not going to reveal what it is, read the book, gives Mr Ellis an ideal starting point for another work. This would be a "what if?" novel, an alternative universe novel if you like. Mr Ellis has created a blue-print for it in this book. I, for one, would be interested in reading it.