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Bitter Defeat, Writing

Reviews from fellow authors matter


Buy this book. It's really rather good.

Buy this book. It’s really rather good.

Especially if they’ve come from authors whose writing you respect and enjoy. In this case, David Guymer, author of the excellent City of the Damned (Gotrek & Felix Novels) has given Blaise Maximillian: Bitter Defeat it’s 3rd FIVE STAR review!

Bitter Defeat is a series of connected short stories telling the story of an alternate World War 1 in which the result (as you might figure from the title) is very different to that which took place in our universe. What grabbed me from the off is that Sylvester really seems to understand what it means to be a soldier in a warzone. Whether it’s clearing a German trench, taking an artillery barrage, fighting for his life while half-blinded and suffocated by his gas mask, every chapter of Blaise’s war-time experience is brilliantly and believably told. Even once the Germans start to turn some frankly awesome dieselpunk weaponry onto the trenches of Northern Europe, these are worked seamlessly into the fabric of WW1 as we know it and the end result is believable and brutal. I love it, and I’d highly recommend it.

If you’ve been wondering about whether to buy the book, surely this recommendation will make the decision for you!

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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