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"If you're expecting the usual formulaic military novel, look somewhere else. The Forgotten Land serves up a totally different take on the modern warrior." - Nathan Mullins, author of "Keep Your Head Down".

"You won't relax, but you'll enjoy the ride." - Dave Sabben MG, author of "Through Enemy Eyes".

"Keith McArdle's The Forgotten Land takes a squad of Aussie SAS troopers across the millennia from a cave in Iraq to a cold, wet, windswept Norse landscape - and from a major 21st Century conflict to Iron-Age survival. The narrative is easy to digest and hard to put down." CONTACT Air, Land & Sea Magazine

From the Author

I have always had two great passions, the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), and the Vikings.

First, let's look at the Vikings:


The Vikings are a severely misunderstood race of people. Yes, some were violent, yes, some of them did undertake lightning raids on all and sundry. But that time of history was a violent time, a time where tribes, clans and countries were often at war with one another. The Vikings' mark on our history is tainted mainly by the biased, literate Christian scholars that remember them in their writings. Today, modern historians and archaeologists are working very hard to shed light upon who the Vikings actually were. We know, for instance, that a Viking woman had the right to divorce her husband if she had grounds. We also know that the advice of a warrior's wife was usually heeded and often sought. Women in some areas of the world in 2012 do not enjoy that level of respect! The Vikings were also very cunning and intelligent traders, so much so, that present day York, which in Viking times was called Jorvik (pronounced Yorvik (from which the present day name is derived)) was, during the Viking reign, the trade centre of the world. The Vikings were a very colourful, sophisticated and rich culture. Oh, and they did not wear horned helmets!

Now the Aussie SAS:

The Australian SASR (Special Air Service Regiment) are an elite group of Australian soldiers. When the war in Afghanistan started, people might remember an offensive called Operation Anaconda. When that operation commenced, the Aussie SAS moved well forward of the advancing allied troops and set up hides or observation posts (OPs) underneath the noses of the Taliban. They fed back all sorts of information to the American head sheds, including enemy number, weapons, level of morale, locations and so on. When the fighting began, the Australian SASR were in a position to guide in airstrikes and give grid references for artillery and mortar fire missions. In another instance in Afghanistan an Australian SAS soldier was shot by Taliban fire. Rather then bother his mates who were still engaged in heavy fighting with the enemy, he managed to make his way to the closest vehicle. Knowing that he was losing enough blood that he may lose consciousness, treated the wound as best he could and then wedged himself between the bulbar and the vehicle's radiator. He did this so that if the coalition patrol were to make a rapid fighting withdrawal, then the Aussie's withdrawal would not have been slowed by carrying him and then securing him in the vehicle.

There is something about these incredible soldiers that has always intrigued me. Every country in the world has a small elite group like the Australian SAS. They are for the most part, quiet, easy going, never consider themselves any better than the next bloke, but have the courage of a rabid lion. To date two Australian SAS soldiers have been awarded the Victoria Cross (the VC, which is the Commonwealth's highest military award) for actions in combat. Both lived to tell the tale.

So in The Forgotten Land, I bring together the Australian SASR and the Vikings, my two greatest interests.

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  • File Size: 945 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QSG2DK
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Keith McArdle was born in Sydney, Australia, in the winter of 1978. Joining the Army as an infantryman at seventeen, he soon learned what the real world was like. It was a very different place. He has had short stories published in the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force newspapers, the Australian Army magazine, 'Incoming!', as well as The Townsville Bulletin.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Buffomarinus on October 14, 2011
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I enjoyed this story from start to finish. If your are looking for a book that has a fast paced story, action, excellent attention to detail with a romance thrown in for good measure then grab this one. "The Forgotten Land" is a great read that takes you from Australia to the Middle East, to the home and time of the Vikings and more. Battles are fought with modern weapons and tactics through to knives, swords and axes and the authors' attention to detail is excellent without being laborious.

I look forward to more books from this author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Waylander on October 14, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The author obviously knows well the detail which he weaves into the story which develops at a rapid pace of action and adventure with a love story making the kindle difficult to put down. Although travel in time and space is included it is not a science fiction novel as the story depends on its strong and well developed characters as well as the background detail of military procedures and the fascinating historical epoch in which it is set. I recommend this story to all readers who enjoy a fast moving story which also has time for excellent characterisation and accurate descriptions as well as romance. Roll on the next novel from this author!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kirstie on April 25, 2012
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The first quarter of this novel reads like a modern action adventure before it takes a fantasy swing. The book starts off following a team of Australian SAS soldiers on a mission in Iraq. There is plenty of military jargon and talk about various weapons, a reasonable amount of which is explained so those not familiar with modern military aren't completely lost. The action is strong and fast paced and the comeraderie between the men is clear with their witty banter which made me laugh out loud at times.

Then the time portal is triggered (not counting this as a spoiler since its in the book's blurb) and they are sent back to a Norse village were they are greeted as messengers of the Gods. Unwittingly they bring great danger along with them so the journey to find a way home has just become that much more dangerous - not that they'll be any safer upon return!

The mythology and the actual day to day life of the Norse village are well researched and enrich the story. I particularly like that the women aren't stand-around damsels hiding under beds waiting to be protected but rather proactive and prepared to do serious damage to those looking to harm them. I really liked the extra detail of pointing out the fitness of the Norse warriors exceeds that of main characters. Some of the imagery is unique and shows quite an imagination, like: 'The track from an APC flying through the air like a girls hair ribbon'.

It was an unusual read for me, but I was eager to try out a new type of time travel novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. It has good pacing, great action, good humour, and plenty of realism. I also found the mix of ancient and modern combat quite interesting. Definately worth a read, even if it isn't entirely one of the genres you are used to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Allen on February 24, 2012
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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!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PMSteve on December 29, 2012
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The Forgotten Land is first and foremost, a military action tale, a tale of time travel and lastly, a love story.

An Australian Special Air Service 5-man unit is sent behind enemy lines to kidnap a high-ranking Iraqi officer to be brought in for public trial for war crimes. The unit takes shelter in a deep cave to avoid capture when their mission goes bad.

While there, they find a mystical portal which transports them to 10th century Denmark and the land of the Vikings.

Their adventures begin when the Norsemen hail the Aussies as the Gods of Light. Their modern weapons, tactics and skills put them in good stead with the Norsemen as they fight and travel to get back to the cave where their adventure began in hopes of going back to their own time.

Reading on my Kindle, I found myself using the dictionary function to decipher the Australian slang and the various Norse words.

The military jargon and descriptions are as accurate as ever due to the author's military background. The action scenes are very realistic and nail-biting.

I will never again use the terms "Viking" and "Norseman" as being interchangeable. They're not.

This is an exciting book for it's action scenes and descriptions of ancient Norse culture and lifestyle. It is very well researched and written. A cliff hanger from start to finish!

Well worth the price of admission!
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