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Book Title: Scorpion Sunset|
The author of the book: Catrin Collier
ISBN 13: 9781783756711
Edition: Accent Press Ltd
Date of issue: June 18th 2015
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I began reading this book a bit reluctantly, expecting some kind of romance using the first world war as a background theme. It did not take me long to understand how wrong I was. Yes, the book -like the two other ones, it's a trilogy, is set in 1916, on the southern eastern front, and it describes the atrocities committed mostly by the soldiers of the Ottoman Empire fighting the British Empire. Two super powers at the beginning of the XXth century, fighting relentlessly in trenches in Mesopotamia (Iraq, Syria, part of Turkey and Iran) changed the world history. The Ottoman Empire dies after the war, a British protectorate is created over Iraq, because of the oil, mostly, as announced in this book.
The details of the battles and prisoner camps are horrific. We all know more or less what happened on the Western front, but tend to forget what happened on the Eastern side. The war enabled Turkey to conceal more or less the Armenian genocide, not mentioned much in history books compared to the holocaust, and just as inhuman.
Here we meet officers, orderlies and privates, from the British troops, the ones who survived the siege of Kut. We get well acquainted with them, and wish they survive the war, although you know most won't make it.
Two kinds of lives are led in parallel, the lazy and comfortable ones of some British officers, safely tucked in Basra, including the infamous General Townshend, and the disastrous conditions of the POWs, mishandled by the Turks, famished and sick, forced to walk in the desert for no reason than kill them.
I was amazed to discover there are so far no reviews for this book, and very little on the two previous ones of the series. It is more than worth reading, because the author drags you in the trenches, in the awful hospitals of the time, in the desert with her characters and you feel you have shared some of the horrors they lived through with them. If you are like me, you probably have forgotten a lot about the Eastern front in WW1 and it gives your memories a much needed shake. How can we not remember what created the Middle East, directly linked to problems we hear about daily on tv, in the news? Iraq was created just after the war, under British control, for BP to get the oil. The British tried without success to do the same in Iran, but had to settle for he Pahlavi dynasty instead. Syria was under Ottoman control, too until the end of the war, then French mandate, and independence in 1946.
The lack of stability of the area today is linked directly to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, not replaced with any stable governments afterwards. Just for what it teaches us about today's history, those books are fascinating.
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Read information about the authorCatrin Collier is Wales' most prolific and well-known author of historical, romantic fictions. The daughter of a Prussian refugee and Welsh father, she grew up in Pontypridd. She has written 19 novels for Orion. Her first historical novel Hearts of Gold, was filmed as a mini-series by the BBC in 2003. She lives with her family on the Gower Peninsula, near Swansea. She also writes crime fiction under the pen name Katherine John.
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