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Thunder at Sunset

(1974)
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The Queendom of Mingora, South-East Asia, 1950s.

An ancient state long linked by treaty of protection to the British Crown.

Brigadier David Jones is the new officer commanding British forces in Mingora, at what proves to be a time of acute crisis.

The aged Queen cannot live for long, and Communist terrorists are preparing invasion and rebellion.

The British presence is more critical now than ever.

But David, having to deal on his arrival with a mutiny in his command, is confronted with the realities of his government's policy of retreat 'East of Suez': the century-and-a-half-long treaty is to be abrogated unilaterally and the British troops withdrawn.

For Mingora, that will mean certain disaster.

But does David's duty lie to his civil superiors - immediately to Sidney Wilson, the Resident - or to the people of Mingora ?

And how far is his vision of his duty clouded by Princess Kumara, the heir to the throne, with whom he has fallen deeply in love?

'Thunder at Sunset' is a thrilling historical novel that deals with death, duty and honor.

Praise for John Masters:

"A splendid storyteller and a master at describing battles and campaigns" - Daily Telegraph

John Masters, who was born in Calcutta in 1914, is of the fifth generation of his family to have served in India. Educated at Wellington and Sandhurst, he returned to India in 1934 to join the 4th Prince of Wales's Own Gurkha Rifles. He saw active service in Wazirirstan in 1937 and, after tile outbreak of war, in Iraq, Syria and Persia. In 1944 he commanded a brigade of General Wirigate's Chindits in Burma, and later fought with the 19th Indian Division at the capture of Mandalay and on the Mawchi Road. Masters retired from the Army in 1948 as a lieutenant-colonel with the DSO and OBE. He went to America and turned to writing.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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July 1974 : USA Hardback
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Title: Thunder At Sunset
Author(s): John Masters
ISBN: 0-385-09030-7 / 978-0-385-09030-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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May 1974 : UK Hardback
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Title: Thunder at Sunset
Author(s): John Masters
ISBN: 0-7181-1191-5 / 978-0-7181-1191-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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March 1976 : UK Paperback
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Title: Thunder at Sunset
Author(s): John Masters
ISBN: 0-552-10096-X / 978-0-552-10096-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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