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Author Kersh's Book
Faces in a Dusty Picture
The year is 1940 or '41, the place is Cairo and the surrounding desert. Rommel is on the march, and the British are trying to decide whether to attack or retreat. This slim "slice o' life," written only a year or two after the scenario it evokes, shows what it was like to be in the British army -- from the general to the privates, from a Lieutenant whose father's passing has just made him a lord to a venal quartermaster -- as panic rises and the battle c...
The Secret Masters
Narrator Albert Kemp, the successful author of thriller novels, and his old friend George Oaks, a war hero (First World War) and journalist, stumble on a drastic plot by wealthy and powerful British lords and scientists to alter the planet. The plotters, who call themselves Sciocrats and propose to rule the world via "unadulterated Reason," have hired an insane but brilliant physicist to design nuclear devices that will enable them to melt the polar icec...
They Die With Their Boots Clean
Set mostly in England in 1940 or 1941, this slim novel is Kersh's tribute to the Coldstream Guards, an elite British military outfit with whom he served during that period. Although war (the First and the impending Second) and the Germans surround the story, there really isn't any battle on stage here: Most of the book describes the transformation of average British guys into fighting trim during their basic training, although we hear the stories of old ...
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