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Follow Me To Glory

by:
Will Hutchison (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-3560-8 ©2006
Price: $19.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 386 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / War & Military

He wanted nothing more than to lead men in war. Despite heavy odds against him, he becomes that leader, only to find the terrible price of glory…one horrific battle at a time!

Abstract:
2007 ForeWord Book of the Year Award Finalist! Follow Me to Glory is the story of Ian Carlyle’s journey to becoming a warrior. Ian slashes through the Crimean War, ripping open the most mismanaged military campaign in British history! Deadly war is lived through the adventures and misadventures of this young spirited Scottish nobleman, who, despite his aristocratic background, family strife, and substantial odds against him, becomes a highly skilled fighting officer in one of the most prestigious regiments in the British army. You will live it with him as he comes to terms with the chaos, terror, and appalling truth about courage, duty, and the terrible price of glory – one horrific encounter at a time.

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Customer Reviews

  Rich with historical detail... , 12/11/2006
Reviewer: C. Robins
I congratulate you on a fine yarn, well-written and packed with action. Your clear passion for military history and meticulous research make the tale rich with historical detail and a very good read... Major Colin Robins, OBE FRHistS Editor Emeritus, ‘The War Correspondent’ Journal of the Crimean War Research Society

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  A terrific tale of adventure... , 12/11/2006
Reviewer: K. Gorman
In the warrior’s footsteps of Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe, Patrick O’Brian’s Captain Jack Aubrey, and Tom Connery’s Markham of the Marines, so travels Will Hutchison’s hero, Ian Carlyle, the young Scottish nobleman and Guards officer. Hutchison’s portrayal of life as an officer in the Crimean War is riveting. This is a first class and extremely accurate historical portrayal of the Scots Fusilier Guards, and a terrific tale of adventure from beginning to end. - Kevin Gorman, BA (Hons), Regt'l Historian, Scots Guards-London

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  Not only a good story, but a story well-told. , 12/11/2006
Reviewer: B.J. Small
A compelling weave of tactics and character. Amid the expert detailing of troop movements, ordnance and military command, are personalities cleverly developed – you cannot help but invest emotionally in their wellbeing. I would feel comfortable climbing out of the trenches and following Ian into battle. In Will Hutchison’s easy, energetic style, it’s clear that the author cares about his characters as well. I couldn’t put it down. Not only a good story, but a story well-told. - B.J. Small, Editor, Gettysburg Times

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  Combat sequences are gripping, forceful... , 12/11/2006
Reviewer: M. Vice
Meticulously researched, moves fast and furiously, providing an intriguing history of the Crimean conflict in 1854 and 1855. The combat sequences are gripping, forceful, and highly personal. The author has clearly been in harms way, himself, a time or two. Looking forward to the sequel, where Will Hutchison’s hero is drawn into the American Civil War. - Michael Vice, Historian and Curator (Ret), Gettysburg National Military Park

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  Lingers long after you turn the last page , 02/04/2007
Reviewer: Marion Reale
The novel takes place during the Crimean War. It is a wonderful character study of a Scottish Guards soldier and his struggle toward greatness. The historical aspects are flawless and the story is dramatic and one that lingers with you long after you turn the last page. - Marion Reale, Historian

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  Absolutely could not put this down , 02/20/2007
Reviewer: Rob Childress
A wonderfully well-written novel - I simply had to keep reading to see what happens next. Mr. Hutchison tells a great story will historically accurate content mixed in. The characters and flow of this story are engaging until the end.

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  Smell the Gunpowder! , 03/05/2007
Reviewer: Kit Carson Cooper
FOLLOW ME TO GLORY - Lieutenant Ian Carlyle springs instantly to life and keeps you reveling in the minute details of combat with the Scots Fusilier Guards. You can feel the fear, self-doubt, eventual sense of accomplishment, and joy of survival right alongside Ian Carlyle and the other ranks under his fine command. This is a wonderful historical novel; a coming of age story set smack-dab in the middle of the major engagements of the Crimean War. Hyper-realistic portrayals of courage in its many forms make for a cracking-good tale that keeps you turning pages long into the night. This is a gritty tale that superbly mixes historical figures with authentic characters. You can experience the combat through their eyes and emotions. The action is riveting and coupled with lusty diversions that unerringly depict the period. A natural story-teller, Will Hutchison lets you see Crimean War combat through Lieutenant Ian Carlyle’s eyes; direct, immediate, muddy, and powder stained. Nobody has created a more detailed and intimate look at personal and small unit fighting in the Crimea.

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  A page turner if I ever read one.... , 03/07/2007
Reviewer: Keith Rocco
Kudos to Mr. Hutchinson! 'Follow Me to Glory' is to the Crimean Period as what Michael Shaara's 'The Killer Angels' was to the American Civil War. Hutchinson has put in our hands a tale deftly crafted and full of visual images which will keep you up reading into the wee hours. My only complaint...I finished it too soon! Keith Rocco-Historical Artist

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  A Great Escape , 03/17/2007
Reviewer: Dani Marie Brown
I love this novel; it’s a great escape from the modern world as well as an entertaining and enlightening European military history lesson. There are a variety of colorful characters including Jasmine, who is an unusual woman for the 1800’s. Ian, the hero of the story is intriguing in his own right as he defies the rules of society and the wishes of his father, to follow his own dreams on the battlefield. It is obvious that Mr. Hutchison is schooled in military strategy though he conveys his knowledge in language a civilian can easily understand and appreciate. Detailed maps and illustrations further enlighten the non military reader, while the erotic love affair woven throughout the story keeps Ian and the reader guessing. I would strongly recommend this novel. Dani Brown author “An Untimely Death”

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