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For Fortune and Glory A Story of the Soudan War by Lewis Hough is a gripping and captivating historical novel that transports the reader to the tumultuous era of the late 19th century. Set amidst the backdrop of the Soudan War, Hough weaves a tale of bravery, sacrifice, and the pursuit of honor.

The story follows the protagonist, Captain James Somerset, an intrepid British soldier who finds himself entangled in the conflict between the British Empire and the Sudanese Mahdi. Somerset's unwavering loyalty to his country is tested as he navigates the treacherous and unfamiliar terrain of the Soudan, facing not only the physical challenges of war but also the ethical dilemmas that arise when duty clashes with personal beliefs.

Hough skillfully brings the war-torn setting to life through vivid descriptions and meticulous attention to historical detail. From the scorching desert sands to the chaos of battlefields, readers will feel fully immersed in the harsh realities of war. The author's thorough research shines through, providing a sense of authenticity and enhancing the overall reading experience.

What truly sets this book apart, however, is the depth and complexity of its characters. Somerset is a multi-dimensional protagonist whose internal struggles and moral dilemmas are painted with subtle nuances. His experiences are contrasted by a rich cast of supporting characters, each with their own unique motivations and perspectives. Hough expertly explores themes of identity, loyalty, and the price of ambition through the lens of these individuals, allowing readers to connect with them on a personal level.

The narrative moves at a brisk pace, with Hough skillfully balancing action-packed battle scenes with introspective moments of contemplation. The dialogue is sharp and engaging, capturing the various tones and dialects of the characters' diverse backgrounds. Additionally, the author adeptly integrates historical figures and events into the storyline, further enhancing its realism.

While the novel delves into the horrors of war, it also offers moments of human connection and hope amidst the chaos. Hough presents a tale that acknowledges the complexities of war and its consequences, highlighting the sacrifices made by both sides. The loyalty and camaraderie that emerge between soldiers, as well as the friendships forged amid adversity, add emotional depth to the narrative.

For Fortune and Glory A Story of the Soudan War is a compelling and meticulously researched historical novel that delves into the human experience within the context of war. Lewis Hough's masterful storytelling and well-rounded characters make this a must-read for fans of historical fiction, particularly those interested in military history or 19th-century colonial conflicts. Prepare to be transported to a bygone era filled with bravery, honor, and the pursuit of fortune and glory.

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For Fortune and Glory A Story of the Soudan War

By Lewis Hough We were a little nervous to know how Lewis Hough got on writing a book with such a very different setting to his masterly "Doctor Jolliffe's Boys." In fact the story opens in a boarding school (the British Public School) called Harton. This is probably meant to be a word based on "Eton" and another school that has an annual cricket match with Eton, called "Harrow". In fact there is plenty of internal evidence that it really is Eton, with the dropping of local slang terms only in use at that school.

Before I knew the story I was also nervous about the title. What could Fortune possibly have to do with the Soudan War? What actually happened was that a certain Will had been stolen by a former employe, an Egyptian, of a Dublin solicitor, together with a previous version of the Will. This had resulted in a family losing all their money, since the father had been a Partner in an Eastern Bank that foundered in the events leading up to the Soudan War.

Eventually the two Wills are tracked down, and justice done as regards the estate.

But all this is a parallel story to the description of events in the Soudan War. This is well worth reading for its own sake, especially in this day and age, when certain events seem about to repeat themselves... Continue reading book >>

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