Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Adventure in Central Asia and along the Gold Coast

One of the great things about G.A. Henty's books is that many of them introduce modern readers to some of the more obscure, but deeply interesting military conflicts in history. In Through Three Campaigns: A Story of Chitral, Tirah, and Ashantienty introduces the reader to three distinct military campaigns. The Chitral campaign took place in northwestern Pakistan in 1895. The Tirah campaign took place on the Indian frontier in 1897-98. The Ashanti wars reached a climax in Ghana, Africa in the last decade of the 19th century. The reader will enjoy each of these "books within a book."
When Lisle Bullen’s father is killed in the line of duty, the young man must take full personal responsibility for his life. Too young to enlist, he disguises himself as a native soldier. His exceptional skills and maturity soon find him out. Over the course of three military campaigns, Bullen rises to the rank of Lieutenant in His Majesty’s Rutlandshire regiment. After two successful campaigns in Central Asia, Bullen is sent to Ghana in Africa. Will he survive his third campaign? How will he make his way in the world now that his father has passed away? These questions and more will be answered in G. A. Henty’s Through Three Campaigns: A Story of Chitral, Tirah, and Ashanti.
Set in late nineteenth century England, India, Pakistan, and Ghana, Through Three Campaigns includes more than 110 geographical, historical, and explanatory footnotes to aid the modern reader. The book is available in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

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