The Bloody Road

Fiction - Military
483 Pages
Reviewed on 08/13/2020
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Author Biography

Born in Morecambe, England, into a military family, Nigel Seed grew up hearing his father’s tales of adventure during the Second World War which kindled his interest in military history and storytelling. He received a patchy education, as he and his family followed service postings from one base to another. Perhaps this and the need to constantly change schools contributed to his odd ability to link unconnected facts and events to weave his stories. Nigel later joined the Army, serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in many parts of the world. Upon leaving he joined the Ministry of Defence. He is married and lives in Spain; half way up a mountain with views across orange groves to the Mediterranean. The warmer weather helps him to cope with frostbite injuries he sustained in Canada, when taking part in the rescue effort for a downed helicopter on a frozen lake.
His books are inspired by places he has been to and true events he has either experienced or heard about on his travels. He makes a point of including family jokes and stories in his books to raise a secret smile or two. Family dogs make appearances in some of his stories. Nigel’s hobbies include sailing and when sailing in Baltic he first heard the legend of the hidden U-Boat base that formed the basis of his first book some thirty eight years later.

    Book Review

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.