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In The Great Fire of Rome, Dando-Collins takes readers through the streets of ancient Rome, where unrest simmers, and into the imperial palace, where political intrigue seethes, relating a pot-boiler story filled with fascinating historical characters who will determine the course of an empire. It is an unforgettable human drama that brings ancient Rome and the momentous events of 64 AD scorchingly to life.
At the kennels, Caesar the chocolate labrador doesn't look special. But Corporal Ben Fulton sees something different - an intelligent dog whose curiosity will make him an excellent sniffer dog in the Australian Army.
On operations in Afghanistan with Ben, Caesar proves his worth, finding hidden explosives and saving the lives of the soldiers. Then, during a Taliban ambush, Caesar is separated from his master. Ben and his best mate Charlie are seriously wounded and evacuated to hospital.
But where is Caesar? From their home in Australia, Ben and his family search for clues that might reveal whether their beloved dog is still alive and surviving Afghanistan's bitter winter cold and capture by the Taliban.
It will be a long road home, and Caesar will face many hardships along the way, but for this brave and loyal dog, anything is possible.
Caesar the War Dog is based on the true story of Australian military dog Sarbi and its experiences in Afghanistan, combined with the factual experiences of Endal, the devoted British dog who cared for his wheelchair-bound ex-serviceman master and became the most decorated dog in history.
'I loved this book. It's one of the best war stories I have read and it's Australian ... Verdict: fantastic.' Herald Sun
Julius Caesar was nothing if not bold. When, in the wake of his defeat of Pompey at Pharsalus his victorious legions refused to march another step under his command, he pursued his fleeing rival into Egypt with an impossibly small force of Gallic and German cavalry, raw Italian recruits, and nine hundred Spanish prisoners of war-tough veterans of Pompey's Sixth Legion.
Cleopatra's Kidnappers tells the epic saga of Caesar's adventures in Egypt through the eyes of these captured, but never defeated, legionaries. In this third volume in his definitive history of the Roman legions, Stephen Dando-Collins reveals how this tiny band of fierce warriors led Caesar's little army to great victories against impossible odds. Bristling with action and packed with insights and newly revealed facts, this eye-opening account introduces you to the extraordinary men who made possible Caesar's famous boast, "I came, I saw, I conquered."
Praise for Caesar's Legion
"A unique and splendidly researched story, following the trials and triumphs of Julius Caesar's Legio X. . . . More than a mere unit account, it incorporates the history of Rome and the Roman army at the height of their power and gory glory. Many military historians consider Caesar's legions the world's most efficient infantry before the arrival of gunpowder. This book shows why. Written in readable, popular style, Caesar's Legion is a must for military buffs and anyone interested in Roman history at a critical point in European civilization."
-T. R. Fehrenbach author of This Kind of War, Lone Star, and Comanches
When injured war hero Charlie finally returns to SAS service, he no longer needs Caesar’s help as a care dog. Caesar can go back to what he does best – as a super-sniffing explosive detection dog in the Australian Army.
On their first mission back together, Caesar and his handler, Ben, discover a bomb at the Sydney Opera House, targeted at the visiting Secretary-General of the United Nations.
A little later, while on a peace mission in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General’s helicopter goes down and he is captured by the Taliban. Caesar, Ben and Charlie join an international team to rescue him. Will they succeed? An experimental mini-submarine might help – and Caesar’s famous nose is sure to sniff out trouble along the way.
This is the true story of three Australian soldiers, the Searle brothers. One brother was killed at Gallipoli, another on the Western Front. One came home a decorated hero. Viv, a gifted poet who was planning to be a clergyman before the war, became a deadly efficient sniper. Ray shot himself and was charged with desertion. Ned was a true Australian larrikin, up for anything, and the black sheep of the family. The Searle boys had to crack hardy, as they fought in one grueling campaign after another - from the first wave of the Gallipoli landings to Lone Pine, from Ypres to Messines and Hill 60 in Flanders, to bloody Somme battles at Mouquet Farm, Bullecourt, and Hamel, with their brothers and mates falling all around them.
Back home in an Australian country town, their mother, father, sisters and remaining brother also had to crack hardy, as the bad news from the front just kept coming, and coming. Told from the heart by the Searle brothers' great-nephew, award-winning author Stephen Dando-Collins using the letters and journals of the Searle brothers and remembrances of other family members, Crack Hardy is a compelling book that defines Australia and Australians during the making of our nation on the far-flung battlefields of the First World War.
Mexican crime lord Carlos Marron, known as the Green Parrot, decides that the world-famous labrador can protect him from the kind of bomb attack that targeted his brother. Carlos orders his subordinates to dognap Caesar - and when Ben leaves Caesar in quarantine, the gang swoops.
Now, Ben, Charlie and the GRRR team have to locate and rescue Caesar in Mexico, in the middle of a deadly crime cartel war.
When Sergeant Ben Fulton’s family joins him on a cruise ship holiday, Ben, Josh, Maddie and Nan travel in luxury among the islands of the Caribbean while Caesar is in quarantine.
But a gang who have broken out of a Cuban prison have other ideas. They hijack the massive ship and hold its three thousand passengers to ransom.
With passengers of all nationalities in danger, only the United Nations can step in to help. Ben’s best friend, Charlie, and the rest of the GRRR team assemble. Charlie will need super-sniffing explosive detection dog Caesar with him as he parachutes in to sneak aboard the ship.
Will Caesar and Ben be reunited in time to find the hidden explosive devices that threaten the ship? Can Operation Black Shark capture the modern-day pirates before it’s too late?
Sembra impossibile, ma è una storia vera
La storia vera della più grande evasione da un campo di prigionia tedesco della seconda guerra mondiale
Oflag 64 era il nome di un campo per prigionieri di guerra costruito durante il secondo conflitto mondiale a Schubin, in Polonia. Fu occupato quasi esclusivamente dagli ufficiali dell’esercito americano: erano migliaia all’inizio. Nel gennaio del 1945, il comandante tedesco Fritz Schneider ricevette l’ordine di trasferire i prigionieri con una lunga marcia verso la Germania occidentale per sfuggire all’avanzata della Russia. Per i detenuti era l’occasione ideale per tentare di riguadagnare la libertà e alcuni, con una buona dose di fermezza e astuzia, si misero a progettare incredibili piani per sottrarsi definitivamente alla sorveglianza dei loro aguzzini. Le evasioni da Schubin sono passate alla storia per essere di gran lunga le più spettacolari della Seconda guerra mondiale, più ancora della famosa “grande fuga” del 1944. Con l’avvicendarsi di personaggi come il braccio destro di Eisenhower, il genero del comandante Patton e il figlio maggiore di Hemingway, Stephen Dando-Collins narra le commoventi vicende di eroici soldati e di coraggiosi polacchi disposti a rischiare la propria vita pur di salvarli dai nazisti.
L’orrore infinito dei campi di prigionia nazisti
Un grande desiderio di libertà
L’evasione più spettacolare della seconda guerra mondiale
Una storia vera di coraggio ed eroismo mai raccontata prima
è uno storico specializzato in eventi militari e ha già pubblicato con successo numerosi libri, tradotti in oltre dieci Paesi.