Month: January 2016

Excerpt From Brave Battalion

Excerpt From Brave Battalion

Excerpt From Brave Battalion All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter Three: Baptism—April 22–May 4, 1915 The Canadians knew nothing about the strength or composition of enemy forces facing them, for there had been no time for any reconnaissance. Advancing in the dark, they could see neither the German trench nor any sign of enemy troops. All the leading Canadian Scottish could see were the shadowy forms of the 10 th Battalion men ahead of them. Each company had two platoons ahead of the other two...

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The Liri Valley

The Liri Valley

The Liri Valley: Canada’s World War II Breakthrough to Rome For the Allied armies fighting their way up the Italian boot in early 1944, Rome was the prize that could be won through one of the greatest offensives of the war. The Liri Valley was a long, flat corridor through miles of rugged mountains. At one end stood the formidable Monte Cassino, at the other, Rome. In May 1944, I Canadian Corps drove up this valley toward the Italian capital, facing the infamous “Hitler Line” a bastion of concrete bunkers fronted by wide swaths of tangled barbed wire, minefields,...

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Excerpt From Carry Tiger To Mountain

Excerpt From Carry Tiger To Mountain

Excerpt From Carry Tiger To Mountain All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. PrologueThere was no warning. One moment the old freighter cruised on a gentle sea toward a narrow, rocky shoreline backed by towering green mountains whose summits were cloaked by silky bands of stratus cloud. The next, the temperature plummeted and the cloud rolled down, metamorphosing into a dense, impenetrable fog. For days only a gentle easterly had dusted across the bow, playfully riffling the crew’s hair and carrying just enough of a chill that...

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Excerpt From Ortona

Excerpt From Ortona

Excerpt From Ortona All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter 26: They Always Mess Things Up A bold dash. Another madman’s gamble. Major Jim Stone believed he knew how to smash through 1st Parachute Division’s defences along Corso Vittorio Emanuele. If the German intent was to funnel the Canadians down its length through one killing zone after another, and there was no way for the Loyal Edmonton Regiment to outflank these zones, then the solution was to do the unexpected. Running like wildmen up the ditch...

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Sweep Lotus

Sweep Lotus

Sweep Lotus When the naked corpse of a girl known only as Sparrow is found wrapped in barbed wire on a storm-swept beach, community coroner Elias McCann must investigate the sadistic killing. Suspects abound in the One Earth Family, a gaggle of homeless youths led by a grizzled veteran of Canada’s mean streets. But menace also seems to lurk around the neglected property that so fascinated Sparrow before her death. The property is slated for transformation into a seaside resort by a developer who seems intent on acquiring all of Tofino-and Elias’s girlfriend, Vhanna Chan. To find the killer...

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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.