Malaya, 1954: Chin Peng, Secretary General of the Malayan Communist Party, listens with excitement as the early morning Radio Malaya broadcaster announces the death of a British Lieutenant Colonel and his two Gurkha escorts in a guerrilla ambush by communist terrorists (CTs) on the Jelebu Pass.
Jason Rance, an English company commander in a Gurkha battalion during the Malayan Emergency, is the jungle expert tasked with tracking down the CTs. His tradecraft on jungle ops is unsurpassed and he is at home in the never-ending green of trees, vines, creepers and undergrowth as he leads his Gurkhas through the permanent semi-twilight.
Meanwhile, Rance’s boyhood friend, Ah Fat, a member of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) and a government mole, seditiously edits a new MCP newspaper, Red Tidings, and passes secrets to a government preparing for self-rule. Can Rance and Ah Fat meet before the Baling Peace Talks and can secret files from USSR and China be handed over in time for the new Malayan government to take appropriate action?
About the author
Lt. Col. JP Cross is a retired British officer who served with Gurkha units for nearly forty years. He has been an Indian frontier soldier, jungle fighter, policeman, military attaché, Gurkha recruitment officer and a linguist researcher, and he is the author of nineteen books. He has fought in Burma, Indo-China, Malaya and Borneo and served in India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Laos and Nepal where he now lives. Well into his nineties, he still walks four hours daily.
Paperback 9781912049943 Ebook 9781912049950 Extent 288pp Category Military Fiction