Month: December 2015

Excerpt From Sweep Lotus

Excerpt From Sweep Lotus

Excerpt From Sweep Lotus All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter One During the dark hours of morning, dense fog laced with heavy threads of icy, wet drizzle crept in off the Pacific Ocean. Six hours later, with it closing on noon, the heavy weather showed not the slightest sign of lifting. I trudged across sludgy sand, water sluicing off my old canvas hat and coat and pearling in my beard. The strong smell of salt off the chuck was overwhelmed in places by the rotting...

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Excerpt From Ortana Street Fight

Excerpt From Ortana Street Fight

Excerpt From Ortana Street Fight All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter OneThey had numbered about sixty at dawn. Now just seventeen still stood. The others had been killed or wounded. The survivors faced the hundred yards of open ground where the company had been butchered. Twice they had tried to cross it. Twice they had stumbled through the mud, firing from their hips, screaming defiance. Twice they were forced back by the same drenching German fire that had cut down their comrades. Beyond that open...

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Excerpt From The Gothic Line

Excerpt From The Gothic Line

Excerpt From The Gothic Line All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter Fifteen – A Bitter Day In the re-entrant, the situation by mid-morning of August 31 was still chaotic, with the British Columbia Dragoons trying to group by squadrons in the midst of persistent heavy mortar and artillery fire. As Sergeant Eric Waldron of No. 4 Troop rolled the last ‘C’ Squadron tank through the gap in the wire, a mortar round exploded on his Sherman’s front deck. The concussion banged Waldron’s face against the...

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Operation Husky

Operation Husky

Operation Husky: The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10–August 7, 1943 Neither the British nor the Americans sought Canada’s involvement in invading Sicily. It was public clamouring at home and backroom politics by generals overseas that pushed Prime Minister Mackenzie King to insist that Canada’s soldiers be sent into harm’s way. Consequently, Operation Husky became a baptism of fire for 1st Canadian Infantry Division and 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade. Added to the invasion force at the last minute, the Canadians sailed from Great Britain through U-boat infested waters to join more than two thousand ships off Sicily’s shores....

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The Alberta Fact Book

The Alberta Fact Book

The Alberta Fact Book: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Alberta From cowboys and chinooks to hoodoos and dinosaurs, discover what makes Alberta special. The Alberta Fact Book reveals hundreds of unique facts about the province’s history, wildlife, and landscape. Published by Whitecap Books, 1997: 246 pages. Reviews: Quill & Quire Covers the province from prehistoric beginnings to the most current and relevant...

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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.