I recently sat down to read `The Forgotten Land' by new Australian writer Keith Mcardle, not really sure what to expect other than via a brief glimpse of a free download I'd seen some months earlier. I was not disappointed! I have to say that this book is one of the best, most original concepts I have ever read in the action genre. The author has an incredible ability to seamlessly transport the reader back and forth between the present day battlefields of the middle-east - with our own special forces soldiers, their modern weaponry, tactics and technology, and the world of ancient Norse warlords, all axes, swords, shields and helmets! Taking you into the private thoughts of the modern soldiers and the routine lives of the ancient communities, he draws out the inherent good in decent human beings striving to survive and protect within extraordinarily dangerous circumstances. Mcardle has well and truly positioned himself as a writer to be reckoned with in the Sci-Fi action arena. I loved it!