In the summer of 2008, General Rick Hillier retired as Chief of the Defence staff of the Canadian Forces. You could almost hear the sigh of relief in Ottawa as Canada’s most popular, and most controversial, military leader since the Second World War left a role in which he’d been as frank, unpredictable and resolutely apolitical as any of his predecessors. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Hillier joined the military as a young man and quickly climbed the ranks. He played a significant role in such domestic challenges as the ice storm that paralyzed much of eastern Ontario and Quebec in 1998, and quickly became a player on the international scene, commanding an American corps in Texas and a multinational NATO task force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. But it was his role as General Rick Hillier, Canada’s Chief of the Defence staff, that defined him as a Canadian icon. In Afghanistan, Canada faced its first combat losses since the Korean War, with every casualty becoming front page news. A country formerly ambivalent, or even angry, about its role in the conflict suddenly became gripped by the drama unfolding not only in a war zone halfway around the world but in unfriendly conference rooms in Ottawa. There, as everywhere, Hillier pulled no punches, demanding more funding, more troops and more appreciation for the women and men fighting a war on foreign soil. This hard-hitting, honest account of Hillier’s role—told in his own words—will be one of the most important books published in Canada this decade.
ïThe authorÍs sharp eye for the illuminating detail and the oddities of human behavior enabled him to present a picture of army life as graphic and revealing as any drawn by a private soldier during the Napoleonic WarsÍ - Christopher Hibbert This remarkable memoir was first published in Edinburgh in 1819 and has withstood the test of time. One cannot improve on Sir Charles OmanÍs description of the book as: ïthe work of a man of superior education, who had enlisted in a moment of pique and humiliation to avoid facing at home the consequences of his own conceit and folly. The author wrote from the ranks, yet was so different in education and mental equipment from his comrades that he does not take their vices and habits for grantedÍ. The reader receives the narrative of an intelligent observer, describing the behavior of his regiment as it traveled the globe. His account covers WhitelockÍs disastrous South American adventure in 1806, the Peninsular War, the Walcheren Expedition and the Battle of Waterloo. For the first time, Joseph Sinclair has been unmasked as the author of the memoir, thanks to new research work by Stuart Reid.
New York - London - Paris - Los Angeles... ALL GONE. Of the eight billion people who lived on Earth in 2020, only two-and-a-half now remain. Commander Sky Y Shar has gone AWOL on her own military to lead the human Resistance, but they are seriously under-resourced and losing fast. She struggles with recurring nightmares and violent flashbacks. Defence Counsellor Bri Arktar used to want her dead, but now she is the only one who can help. Between the powerful counsellor and the tough but vulnerable commander, mutual respect and admiration soon turn to something more. But can Sky stay true to her ultimate goal? Can she lay to rest old wounds? And will she survive long enough to win Earth back? *** Sexy and action-packed *** *** A definite winner ***
The British Slave Or Seven Years of a Soldier s Life
Six months ago Sergeant Bridger's kid sister was killed in a Taliban attack whilst serving in Afghanistan. When a mission in Bosnia goes wrong, Bridger finds himself facing an impossible choice; leave his mentor's daughter to die or lose the only family he has left, the army. For Koskov it's not about revenge but justice. After destroying his military career the world took the only things left that he treasured, his wife and daughter. After ten years of planning now is his moment and no one will stand in his way. Kat McGregor is an MI6 analyst with dreams of becoming a field officer. That is until a special operations team in Bosnia sights a wanted terrorist. Suddenly thrown into out into the real world of terrorists and soldiers, she soon finds out that not everything is as clear cut as black and white. How far would you go to protect your family? How far would you go to avenge them?
Many military heroes came to prominence during the American Civil War. Each one has his own story, but there are few more compelling than that of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock. West Point educated, his experience as an infantry officer during the Mexican War inspires and excites Hancock to forego the study of law and pursue a career as a professional soldier. Passionately loved by his wife and family, revered by his soldiers, and feared by his enemies, he stands as the War of Rebellion's premier Union corps commander. During the Rebellion Grant, Meade, and McClellan, who referred to him as "Hancock the Superb," continually call upon Hancock, who by the force of his presence could change the tide of battle. Sherman brings him to the Great Plains after the Civil War but with a different outcome. Hero to the nation, he is the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 1880, though he cared little for politics. Winfield's story is one of dedication to the country, the Constitution, and a lifetime of service.