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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
From the author of the spellbinding The Minstrel Boy comes another exciting read, The Bloody Road. In Nigel Seed’s military thriller, Michael McGuire, who retired from the army after the Boer War, is called back to service when WWI breaks out. As Colonel, he takes responsibility for thousands of men under his command. But at Gallipoli, his forces suffer great losses. He doesn’t give up and stays with his remaining men, heading toward the bloodbath at the Western front.
This is the third book in the Michael McGuire trilogy and in his unique signature writing, Nigel Seed captures a historical moment in detail and explores the horrors of the war. While most authors would focus on a specific storyline, Nigel Seed paints a vivid picture of what WWI was like, providing surprising details in the story. What makes it irresistible is the author’s keen sense of detail and how well he writes realism into the story. Readers encounter characters that are humanly flawed and susceptible to making wrong decisions in war. The writing is elegant and littered with powerful descriptions, some filled with gory details, and it is easy for readers to picture what happened on the battlefield. This is one of those novels that can be read as a strong indictment of war and warmongers. The novel makes readers hate everything about war while endorsing the courage of its heroes. The Bloody Road is really a bloody tale of war, well-researched and brilliantly written. It is the second book I have read from this author and I am now a huge fan.