Soldier of the Horse by Robert W. Mackay

Soldier of the Horse

byRobert W. Mackay

Kobo ebook | March 1, 2011

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Winnipeg, 1914. Tom Macrae is working on his law degree and enjoying the company of his sweetheart, Ellen. When the call to arms comes, both Tom and Ellen are torn from their secure, settled lives in the prairie city. Tom finds himself hunched in the trenches, amid the mud and horror of the Great War, while Ellen faces an uncertain future in Tom’s absence.

His prospects bleak, Tom serves with the Canadian Cavalry Brigade, in the thick of the stalemated struggles on the Western Front. In addition to the soldiers’ comradeship, Tom discovers the strong bonds of trust between the soldiers and their horses. With his own horse as his closest companion, he dodges a hurricane of shells, machine guns and swords, and in the clamour, faces his finest hour.

Inspired by his own father’s story and letters about fighting in Picardy, France, Robert W. Mackay has written a novel that brings to life the great military history and traditions of the Canadian Cavalry.

Title:Soldier of the HorseFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:TouchWood EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926741358

ISBN - 13:9781926741352


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gritty tale of WWI Robert Mackay’s first novel is a gripping account of one soldier’s experience during WWI, based partly on his father’s recollections of serving in the Canadian Cavalry. Mackay creates a sympathetic hero in Tom Macrae, articling student who ends up serving in Lord Strathcona’s Horse. The muddy trenches of France are a far cry from his Winnipeg home, but Tom proves his mettle in his new circumstances. Mackay’s depiction of the war is vivid and gritty. He does not glamorize war. It is ugly, dirty and terrifying. Those who make it home are scarred, and haunted by unwelcome memories. But in the midst of the brutality, Mackay shows us a story of humanity, loyalty, love and honour. As most of the veterans from WWI have now passed away, Mackay’s book is a commemoration to them and other soldiers, and in particular to his own father. At least 15,000,000 soldiers and civilians were killed and another 20,000,000 were wounded in that Great War. Incomprehensible to think of those numbers and their long-lasting and far-reaching effects. Mackay shows us one tiny picture of the war through the eyes of a common soldier and reminds us what a precious thing it is to be able to lead an ordinary life.
Date published: 2011-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I didn't want the story to end The bottom line is this is a great story. Yes, the tale is steeped in history and fact, but from just a few pages in you become so involved in the lives of the characters that it just pulls you along. The action scenes are as good as I've read and like any books in this genre it asks as many questions as it answers. It really is a great read.
Date published: 2011-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read Robert Mackay's description of a soldier's life, in and out of the trenches, is so realistic that readers will be transported to the front lines of the battlefields of WW1. This novel is up close and personal. Shows the atrosities of war.
Date published: 2011-04-29