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Charge! A Story of Briton and Boer   By: (1831-1909)

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Charge! A Story of Briton and Boer by George Manville Fenn is an enthralling historical novel that dives deep into the conflict between the British Empire and the Boer Republics in South Africa during the late 19th century. Settled in a war-ravaged landscape, this book captures the spirit of a tumultuous period in history and takes readers on an adrenaline-filled journey through the eyes of its diverse cast of characters.

Fenn's storytelling prowess is apparent from the very beginning as he skillfully weaves a compelling narrative filled with remarkable detail and vivid descriptions. His extensive research is evident in the exquisitely painted landscapes, the accurate portrayal of military tactics, and the authentic portrayal of cultural differences that existed during this time. The author's deep understanding of the conflict brings a sense of authenticity to the story that truly immerses the reader in the era.

The characters in Charge! are brought to life with great care and attention to detail. From the valiant British officers to the determined Boer farmers, each character's journey is impactful and believable. Fenn pays particular attention to character development, allowing readers to connect with them on a personal level. As the story unfolds, we witness their struggles, sacrifices, and personal growth, creating a sense of empathy that keeps us emotionally invested throughout.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its ability to present both sides of the conflict with equal weight and fairness. Fenn demonstrates the complex nature of war, highlighting the motivations, fears, and passions of both the British and Boer forces. This balanced approach to storytelling allows readers to appreciate the nuances and complexities of the historical event while fostering a greater understanding of the underlying political and social factors that fueled the conflict.

Additionally, Fenn's writing style is engaging and accessible, making Charge! a true page-turner. The pacing is excellently executed, seamlessly transitioning between moments of intense action and periods of quiet reflection. The author's ability to maintain suspense and tension throughout the story ensures that readers are constantly on the edge of their seats, eager to discover what happens next.

While Charge! A Story of Briton and Boer is undeniably a captivating historical novel, it is worth noting that some readers may find certain scenes of violence and war disturbing. Fenn does not shy away from depicting the horrors of battle, which may be challenging for more sensitive readers.

Overall, Charge! A Story of Briton and Boer is a masterfully crafted historical novel that both entertains and enlightens. George Manville Fenn's meticulous attention to detail, well-drawn characters, and ability to capture the essence of the conflict make this book a compelling read for history enthusiasts and fiction lovers alike. Whether you are familiar with the intricacies of the Anglo-Boer War or simply seeking an immersive and riveting tale, Charge! is a worthy addition to your reading list.

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Charge! A Story of Briton and Boer, by George Manville Fenn.

The earliest European settlers in South Africa were mostly Dutch. They were known as Boers, the Dutch word for farmer. They were doing well, and even though the British had come to rule the country, their comfortable and profitable existence was all that most of them wanted. However, an Irishman of the name of Moriarty thought otherwise, and urged them to rebel against the British, simply because there is a class of Irish people that enjoy fights, and the English are their nearest neighbours, and Ireland was part of Great Britain.

Val Moray is the son of John Moray, who is farming in South Africa, and he has a brother, Bob. There is also a Kaffir worker on the farm, Joe, or by his preference Joeboy. Joeboy is a co hero of the story. Moriarty arrives with a few of the Boers and demands that Val be handed over to him to go and fight the British. Val has to go, but manages to escape. He gets to a place where his father has whispered to him would be where Joeboy was to wait for him. They meet up with a Light Horse unit of the British army, where Val meets an old friend, Denham, and they take part in various skirmishes against the Boers, in which they are injured and captured, but manage to escape with the help of Bob and John... Continue reading book >>

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