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The Road to Ladysmith: The Last Imperial War by Nigel Seed is the second installment in the gripping Michael McGuire Trilogy. After his life-threatening escapade in Sudan and recovering from his wounds, Captain McGuire sails south as the government is having trouble with the Boer republic in South Africa. Part of his remit is to recruit suitable men from wherever he finds them, train them his way, equip them as he wishes, and make them effective as soon as possible. He recruits a team of misfits who do not exactly fit the standards. They get involved in reconnaissance missions that lead to the relief of Ladysmith. Just as he was already homeward bound to spend time with his family, the army was not yet finished with him as a devastating war looms.
The Road to Ladysmith is a fast-paced war story with engaging dialogues and intense action. As the second book in a trilogy, Seed makes it convenient for readers to enjoy this novel as a standalone. He provides a short synopsis of the first installment at the beginning of the story that will introduce you to Michael McGuire. Everything is written with Seed’s solid prose and well-researched settings. You become absorbed in the obstacles that McGuire and his men encounter on their mission as if you are a part of his misfit recruits. In acknowledgment of the time period, Seed has thrown in factual content about Ladysmith at the end of the book. For the enjoyment of a military novel that is undeniably realistic, this book is a must-read.