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For Name and Fame Or Through Afghan Passes   By: (1832-1902)

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In the historical novel "For Name and Fame Or Through Afghan Passes" by George Alfred Henty, readers are transported back to the 19th century and immersed in a thrilling adventure filled with bravery, danger, and honor.

The story follows the life of Percy Groves, a young English officer who embarks on a perilous mission to Afghanistan during the Second Afghan War. As Percy journeys through treacherous Afghan passes, he encounters various challenges, including fierce battles, political intrigues, and the daunting task of escaping from enemy territory.

Henty skillfully crafts a compelling narrative, intertwining real historical events with fictional characters and situations. His vast knowledge of the time period shines through in his vivid descriptions of the landscape, costumes, and customs, creating an authentic atmosphere that captivates the reader. The author's attention to detail and meticulous research are evident throughout the book, allowing readers to feel fully immersed in the world he creates.

One of the book's strengths lies in its characters. Percy Groves, the protagonist, is a courageous and determined young officer who embodies the values of loyalty, integrity, and self-sacrifice. His growth and development throughout the story are well-paced and believable, making him a relatable and likable hero. The supporting characters, both allies, and enemies, are equally well-drawn and add depth and complexity to the plot.

The pacing of the novel is superb, with Henty expertly balancing action-packed scenes with reflective moments that delve into the characters' emotions and motivations. The battle scenes, in particular, are written with great intensity and excitement, leaving readers on the edge of their seats. Additionally, the political and cultural complexities of the Afghan setting add an interesting layer to the narrative, making it not just an adventure story but also a study of international relations and the clash of civilizations.

While the book's main focus is on the adventure and military aspects, Henty also incorporates themes of personal growth, friendship, and learning from past mistakes. This moral depth elevates the novel beyond a simple adventure tale, infusing it with valuable life lessons and ethical considerations.

Despite its historical context, "For Name and Fame Or Through Afghan Passes" remains relevant today, touching on universal themes of bravery, honor, and the pursuit of justice. Henty's gripping storytelling keeps readers engaged from beginning to end, and his ability to transport readers to a different time and place is truly remarkable.

Overall, "For Name and Fame Or Through Afghan Passes" is a must-read for fans of historical fiction, adventure, and coming-of-age stories. George Alfred Henty's masterful storytelling, well-developed characters, and meticulous attention to historical detail make this book a true gem in the genre.

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Or Through Afghan Passes




Preface. Chapter 1: The Lost Child. Chapter 2: The Foundling. Chapter 3: Life On A Smack. Chapter 4: Run Down. Chapter 5: The Castaways. Chapter 6: The Attack On The Village. Chapter 7: The Fight With The Prahus. Chapter 8: The Torpedo. Chapter 9: The Advance Into Afghanistan. Chapter 10: The Peiwar Khotal. Chapter 11: A Prisoner. Chapter 12: The Advance Up The Khyber. Chapter 13: The Massacre At Cabul. Chapter 14: The Advance Upon Cabul. Chapter 15: The Fighting Round Cabul. Chapter 16: The Fight In The Pass. Chapter 17: At Candahar. Chapter 18: On The Helmund. Chapter 19: The Battle Of Maiwand. Chapter 20: Candahar. Chapter 21: The Battle Of Candahar. Chapter 22: At Home At Last.


Sam Dickson finds little Willie Gale. Will and Hans in Search of a Shelter. Captain Herbert saved. William Gale in the hands of the Afghans. One of the Gunpowder Magazines had Exploded. Letters from the General. Will saves Colonel Ripon. Gundi carried by the Bayonet.


In following the hero of this story through the last Afghan war, you will be improving your acquaintance with a country which is of supreme importance to the British Empire and, at the same time, be able to trace the operations by which Lord Roberts made his great reputation as a general, and a leader of men... Continue reading book >>

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