Last Dance in Kabul by Ken Czech

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The Ultimate Dance Between Love and War

When his superiors ignore his warnings of an impending Afghan insurrection in 1841, British army captain Reeve Waterton vows never to return to Kabul. But then he rescues strong-willed Sarah Kane from an ambush and his plans for civilian life and self-preservation unravel around him.

At first Reeve dislikes Sarah as much as she loathes him. She’s as impudent and disdainful of authority as he, plus she’s betrothed to his bitterest rival.

It’s only after Reeve’s closest friend is brutally murdered and the Afghan tribes explode in revolt that he and Sarah discover their desperate need for each other. When the retreating British army is caught between the jaws of Afghanistan’s blizzard-wracked mountain passes and hordes of vengeful tribesmen, Sarah and Reeve must rely on their skills, courage, and blossoming love just to survive.

MY REVIEW

An intense tale of the British in Kabul Afghanistan in 1841, and the insurgency that drove them out, Last Dance in Kabul had my attention riveted from the start.  The characters are well developed, as are the story lines. I was impressed with the historical aspect of the tale as well, and with the pure drama of the action throughout the book; especially in the climatic retreat through the mountains. I am always grateful for books that highlight a period or event in history that I am not familiar with. The British in Afghanistan is not a subject brought up much in American history classes; though it probably should be taught if just to highlight what a nightmare it is to invade that country. Ask Alexander, or the Russians, or the British(more than once), or the Americans deployed there now.  Last Dance in Kabul is a cracking read; enjoy the drama, the romance, and be prepared to be shocked at the warfare. 5 stars

About the Author

Dr. Ken Czech is a retired history professor and an internationally recognized authority on the historical literature of exploration and sport. His passion, however, has turned to writing fiction. He and his wife Mary live in Central Minnesota on an abandoned granite quarry.

For more information, please visit Ken’s website. You can also find him on FacebookAmazon and Goodreads

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