Soldier of the Horse Paperback – Nov 10 2011
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[This] novel took me into the depth of those terrible battles and into the hearts of Sergeant Tom Macrae and the men and women of his day. Soldier of the Horse should be read in every Canadian History classroom. —Ben Nuttall-Smith, Member, B.C. Retired Teachers' Association.(2011-04-15)
A galloping, gripping adventure, rooted in the tragedy and triumph of the Canadian cavalry in World War One. Robert Mackay has crafted a genuine page-turner that haunts and lingers in the mind. I loved it. —Ian Weir, author of Daniel O'Thunder.(2011-04-15)
I enjoyed [Soldier of the Horse] a great deal. I found it credible, interesting, well-researched and exciting. It's a good read and a good story! —Keith Maxwell, Retired Air Force Colonel, Former Infantryman(2011-04-15)
[A] graceful first novel...Mackay uses his novel not only to commemorate this father’s service, but to delve into the lives of Canadian soldiers in a war that marked the coming of age of the nation of Canada. —Len Shurtleff, past President of WFA-USA and Honorary Vice President of WFA-UK(2011-04-15)
Weaving emotions generated by wind, rain and memories of scars (physical and emotional) left with his father and those who survived, Mackay ably translates his impressions into a period tale which returns the reader to a by-gone era. —Cloverdale Reporter(2011-04-15)
Robert W. Mackay's first novel, Soldier of the Horse, is a lovingly crafted account of such a time—a tour de histoire, if you will—above all, a heartfelt requiem for an entire rank of the world's youth, called upon to suffer a clash of titans in the First World War. —Vancouver Sun(2011-06-25)
This book has clearly been well-researched and is well-written. . . . the characters feel realistic and the plot accurate. —David Tattersfield, The Western Front Association (2011-11-20)
Soldier of the Horse has been longlisted for the 2012 ReLit Awards.(2012-01-09)
The tale of passion, war, camaraderie, bravery and history takes readers from love and legal wranglings in Manitoba to a young soldier's Great War survival in France with the famous WWI Canadian cavalry regiment, Lord Strathcona's Horse. . . . Weaving emotions generated by wind, rain and memories of scars (physical and emotional) left with his father and those who survived, Mackay ably translates his impressions into a period tale which returns the reader to a by-gone era. —Examiner.com(2012-02-29)
About the Author
Robert W. Mackay is the award-winning author of Soldier of the Horse, a historical novel set during the First World War, which won the Gold Medal for Military/Wartime Fiction at the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards. His interest in military history is deep in his roots. His father was in the Canadian Cavalry in the First World War, and his brother was a career naval officer. Robert is a former naval officer, submariner, teacher, and lawyer. He has lived above and below water on the west and east coasts of Canada, the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and the North and Mediterranean Seas. He lives in Surrey, BC. Terror on the Alert is his second novel. Please visit robertwmackay.ca, or follow him on Twitter at @RobertWMackay.
Top Customer Reviews
After I finished it in record time for me, I put SOLDIER OF THE HORSE on my Christmas list and received an electronic copy from my daughter. I was in the middle of another book and did not start SOLDIER until earlier this week.
Action and suspense grabbed my attention right from start. The love story fit in nicely and added to the suspense. Would she wait for him to come back? Would he end up with his nurse?
Robert MacKay was working on his third novel, sitting next to me on Westjet. I can hardly wait for his next winner.
Most recent customer reviews
This is more than a war story.It's about love and honor and survival. Not given to reading stories of war, I was drawn in by Robert's ability to tell a tale that encompasses the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dragonlee
A Canadian author writes a compelling story about a Canadian soldier involved one of the last cavalry charges of WWI. Read morePublished on July 20 2012 by Julie H. Ferguson
Great book! Even better when the book talks about Winnipeg and I know all the spots he went to.
Anyway Great book,had a hard time putting it down.
One of those books you can't put down - start to finish. A really easy, as well as informative, read.Published on April 19 2011 by Eileen Flink