Patrick mercer to do and die

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To Do and Die by Patrick Mercer

The historical fiction debut from former soldier, BBC defence correspondent and MP, Patrick Mercer, is a thrilling military action set during the Crimean War.


1854. War is imminent as the Western powers quarrel with Russia over fragments of the crumbling Ottoman empire. Wanting to prove himself to a father who will not let him forget about his own self-proclaimed military glories, Officer Tony Morgan is keen to set sail. Meanwhile, the Morgans chambermaid, Mary, whom Tony loves but cannot marry, has wedded another officer in his company and will be accompanying the regiment to the front as a nurse.


Arriving at Sebastapol in the Crimea, the companys first engagement with the Russians fill the company with a short-lived confidence. Morgan is eager to show himself a worthy leader, but in the face of several bloody engagements which decimate the company, he finds himself shaken to the core by the brutality of war. He also has to quell potential mutiny against the cowardly subaltern Carmichael, whose first instincts are always to save his own skin. His romantic longings for Mary are revived after her husband is severely injured and she nevertheless proves herself a noble and brave addition to the company. Facing dire conflict on the battlefield and off, within his company and within himself, Morgan is going to be tested to the limits…


In his fiction debut, Mercer’s twenty years of military service is all there on the page. His mastery of both the broad sweep and the finer details of military engagement is superb and bound to make an impact with military action fans. His characterisation of the regiment is wholly persuasive and he nails soldier psychology, slang and the interactions up and down the chain of command with deceptive ease. This is probably the closest any of us will get to being in a battle.
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To Do and Die

Cancel anytime. It is War is imminent as the Western powers quarrel with Russia over the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Wanting to prove himself to his father, Official Tony Morgan is keen to set sail. The Morgan's chambermaid, Mary, whom Tony loves, has wed another officer and will accompany the regiment to the front as a nurse.

Luff, pass me your rifle … is it made ready? Sure you know how it works? Despite this, officers didn't carry such weapons in action; gentlemen were expected to arm themselves only with a chivalrous sword and pistol. Now Morgan glanced at the sights and drew the chunky rifle into the shoulder. The Russian was just starting to kneel — he aimed at his belly and as the pale disc of his face swam above the foresight, he squeezed the trigger.

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You also know he has the breadth of experience to relate stories and anecdotes that will keep your delegates or audience engaged and fascinated. Widely known as a member of the UK parliament for Newark between and 13 of those years as a Conservative MP and one as an independent , Mercer was shadow minister for homeland security at the Home Office from to - Arriving at Sebastapol in the Crimea, the company's first engagement with the Russians fill the company with a short-lived confidence.

Posted by Military History Matters. September 13, My father was a wartime soldier. He ran away from theological college to enlist — still wearing his cassock — as a private in the Foresters. He was wounded several times in the Desert and in Italy, including at Alamein and Anzio. He left the Army a major, and was finally ordained in Newark in Going back further, my grandfather served as a subaltern at the start of the First World War, but later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.

Just as he asked, a clutch of their men under Sergeant Ormond came stumbling through the smoke and vines. To their rear and hunched in a curious half-crouch came Carmichael, but his shako and coat had gone, his legs and bottom were covered in mud whilst his normally well-combed hair was everywhere. When he saw his company commander his face lit-up with relief. Morgan smiled to himself. It was Sergeant Ormond and the men who should have been led by Lieutenant Carmichael, not the other way round, but just as Eddington turned to tell Carmichael what to do, a great, thirty two pound ball skidded muddily off the far bank of the river before hitting him squarely in the nape of the neck. One moment Eddington had a head — the next he had not. So cleanly had the iron done its work that the Captain's body was upright for an instant, the trunk spurting blood in a liquid rope, before the knees crumpled and the corpse fell in a shrunken bundle of rags and straps onto the riverbank.

War is imminent as the Western powers quarrel with Russia over fragments of the crumbling Ottoman empire. Wanting to prove himself to a father who will not let him forget about his own self-proclaimed military glories, Officer Tony Morgan is keen to set sail. Meanwhile, the Morgan's chambermaid, Mary, whom Tony loves but cannot marry, has wedded another officer in his company and will be accompanying the regiment to the front as a nurse. Arriving at Sebastapol in the Crimea, the company's first engagement with the Russians fill the company with a short-lived confidence. Morgan is eager to show himself a worthy leader, but in the face of several bloody engagements which decimate the company, he finds himself shaken to the core by the brutality of war.

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