Excerpt From Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Preface There is a legend about the British remittance men—perhaps true, perhaps apocryphal. The setting is British Columbia’s Okanagan valley and the time is 1914. Across the valley’s dry golden hillsides, overlooking the pristine blue lakes of the valley floor and the green orchards of the surrounding bench lands, hundreds of young Britons had settled in rough cabins. Most were well educated, of aristocratic or upper-middle-class background, cultured, and supported by regular...Read More
Month: October 2015
Holding Juno As June 6, 1944 passed into history, the Allied battle to hold onto the French soil won on D-Day began. Six miles inland from Juno Beach, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division had advanced, at great cost in lives, farther than any other Allied division. But an even grimmer, bloodier fight than winning the beach awaited. Infantry and tankers now slammed head-on into the fury of the 12th SS (Hitlerjugend) Panzer Division, which was determined to hurl the invaders back into the sea. For six days, the outcome hung in the balance as the Canadians and fanatical Hitler Youth...Read More
About the Author
Mark Zuehlke is an award-winning author generally considered to be Canada’s foremost popular military historian. His Canadian Battle Series is the most exhaustive recounting of the battles and campaigns fought by any nation during World War II to have been written by a single author.
In recognition of his contribution to popularizing Canadian history, Mark was awarded the 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. In 2007, his For Honour’s Sake: The War of 1812 and the Brokering of an Uneasy Peace won the Canadian Author’s Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History. The Canadian Battle Series Holding Juno captured the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2006. Mark is also an award winning mystery writer, whose popular Elias McCann series has garnered much critical praise in Canada and abroad. Set in storm-swept west Vancouver Island village of Tofino, the series follows the reluctant community coroner Elias McCann. Hands Like Clouds, the debut in this series, won the Crime Writer’s of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for the 2000 Best First Novel and the third instalment, Sweep Lotus, was nominated for the 2004 Arthur Ellis Best Novel. When not writing, this Victoria, British Columbia resident can often be found tinkering around the Fernwood heritage house he shares with partner and fellow writer Frances Backhouse. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, cycling, kayaking, travelling, and cooking.