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Book Review: Cold COURAGE, Extraordinary Times

"One of my benchmarks for a good book is that it should tell me something new about a subject. Although I thought that I knew something about the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, I soon found out that this wasn’t really the case, and so this book (although it is not specifically a history book) did do that for me.

It described the main characters well, and added a lot to my understanding of what they did and the conditions in which they did them. The local connection is, of course, Perce Blackborow and I have read a bit about him in various places over the years. I was, in fact, in school with one or more of his later family in the 1960s / 1970s, although I’m not sure now what relation they were to him. Sadly, I’ve lost touch with them now, though, so I can’t ask them.

Another interesting thing was the connections between the expedition and what was happening elsewhere, in particular during the First World War. It must have been very difficult to carry on, knowing that the war was spreading but not knowing any details .. but they were different times, weren’t they?

I would recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in the subject in particular as well as anyone who wants to know what it was like to undertake an expedition like that."



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Willy Mitchell is an indie author, writer, and storyteller. His first title was Operation ARGUS, and then the sequel Bikini BRAVO where a group of former Special Air Service operatives enter the dark and murky world of maskirovka and discover the lengths that some people will go for power and greed. Cold COURAGE tells the epic tale of Shackleton's 1914 Trans-Antarctic Expedition and all that was happening in those extraordinary times. Book four, Northern ECHO tells the story of two boys growing up during the punk rock revolution in the north of England, and how a dark secret keeps them apart until the end. Mitchell's latest installment, is Gipsy MOTH about his Aunt Nikki, her friend, and fellow Aviatrix, Amy Johnson, and Amelia Earhart on the other side of the pond during the golden age of aviation.

Up next? SS Indigo is the story of an eclectic mix of guests mysteriously invited to a cruise on a luxury steamship around the Caribbean. The only thing they have in common is their lust for power, advancement, and wealth.

All of Mitchell's books so far are novels, works of fiction, blended with real events. For further information or how to buy his books, visit his author website:

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