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Steve Smith

Better to Die

1996: Sergeant Nick Adair defends British Army border post “Hotel 55” from being overrun by the IRA, but the only witnesses to his bravery tell a different tale, with themselves as heroes and Adair castigated as a coward.
2021: After a five-year stint with the French Foreign Legion, Jack Adair is determined to have a career as a Sandhurst officer, preferably in his father's old regiment, the King's Royal Rangers. But the KRR considers itself elite, professionally and socially, with scant room for a rough diamond like Adair. Cadet Vyvyan Phillips is more the thing: younger son of General Philips, the decorated hero of the Hotel 55 incident. The General's reputation shines so brightly, it blinds everyone but Jack to Vyvyan's incompetence.
There is far more to the murky events connected to Hotel 55 but over time they have been either suppressed or ignored. The rivalry between Adair and Phillips extends beyond the confines of training and field command. Both take a keen interest in fellow officer Gemma Page, of Intel Corps. And then the battalion deploys to Gaziantep.
Jack Adair is a soldier's soldier who knows his trade. Steve Smith, has written a ripping good yarn and knows of what he writes,. Move over Bernard Cornwell and Wilbur Smith! We have another maverick who brings real adventure spiced with a devil may care attitude that keeps him in trouble with his superiors but at the same time puts the Queen's enemies on notice. — James Boschert, author of When the Jungle is Silent
337 printed pages
Original publication
2021

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