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Soldier of the Horse Paperback – March 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1926741246 ISBN-10: 1926741242
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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: TouchWood Editions (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926741242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926741246
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,677,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RE Donald on April 14, 2012
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I really liked this book, although it is not a genre I generally choose to read. This historical novel by Robert Mackay is very well written and well researched, and tells the story of a World War I soldier in the cavalry. It was a horrible war, and some of the book is difficult to read because it depicts the suffering men and horses had to endure, but I came away from it with a greater understanding of the sacrifices our grandfathers and great grandfathers made during those years.

The story is built around the relationship between a reluctant young soldier and his girl at home, and a personal conflict between the young man and an officer from his home town. Well worth reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Clark on April 15, 2015
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Our book club recently read The Soldier of the Horse and then had the great honor of having author Robert Mackay present to us on his novel and the research he had done. The novel itself is based on the experience of the author’s father as a “Soldier of the Horse during WW1. The author offers a touching and personal perspective of the lives and the sacrifices of soldiers of this time. Although the novel is fiction, there were many well researched facts that added depth to this narrative. At times, I found the emotion of the battle scenes created great tension. This novel is an important contribution to stories of war and of the need to remember and cherish what others have fought so hard to attain. I look forward to more from this author and would also highly recommend him as a speaker. His presentation was fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Green on December 8, 2011
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"Soldier of the Horse" is a great read for anyone interested in the Canadian experience in World War I where the modern technology of machine guns brought a bloody and gruesome conclusion to the glorious tradition of horse mounted charges which had been an integral part of warfare for centuries. Robert Mackay's writing is realistic and clear as he describes a Winnipeg man's experience of leaving behind the love of his life to engage in a struggle that was more horrific than either he or his compatriots could have ever imagined.
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A Canadian author writes a compelling story about a Canadian soldier involved one of the last cavalry charges of WWI. Good research and characterization in this very readable novel that helped me understand this aspect of warfare and relate to Tom, the protagonist. It's gritty and violent, but so human, and has good tension and pacing.
Not surprisingly, this novel won the IPPY gold medal.
Highly recommended for those who read historical military fiction.
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