“The Unknown Soldier” is my first novel and I hope very much that you will enjoy it. To tell you a bit about myself, I was born in Yorkshire in the UK and after a lot of travelling find myself now living in York with my wife Marilyn. I read Law at Leeds University and taught Law for a while before joining the British Army. Having survived the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, I served for 16 years as an Army Oficer, leaving as a Major. A friend and I then set up a walking and cycling holiday business which I still run. When not writing or reading my main interests are mountain biking, walking, skiing and motorcycling. I have a Triumph America which only comes out when the sun is shining.
Spring 1971. As the snows melt on the Tibetan Plateau, the last desperate chapters of a secret and forgotten war unfold. After twenty years of fighting, a few Khampa rebels, with ever dwindling CIA support, are now the only resistance to the Chinese, occupiers of Tibet for twenty years. Eager for adventure, an ex-British soldier known only as Smith is drawn into this alien and fast disappearing world. In constant danger, he and a small band of rebels range across the harsh Tibetan landscape, harrying the Chinese wherever they can. But as a web of intrigue stretching from London to New Delhi, Kathmandu and Lhasa begins to engulf him, Smith comes to realise that the Chinese are not his only enemy. If he is to survive, he must escape from the Land of the Snows. And a young nun is determined to make the journey with him so that her culture will survive in the West.
Allie Sumner in the Indie View said:
“This book was a fresh look into a world I haven’t travelled before. I have never read anything based in Tibet or about Tibetan culture. It was fascinating. I found myself looking up customs and other various items from the book. What a vibrant culture!
The book is magnificent. Robertshaw is a true master at detail and he draws you in further and further as the book progresses. I found myself outraged at what the Chinese were doing to this ancient culture. Robertshaw has a way of making you care very much in a very subtle manner. It sneaks up on you. Before you know it you are hooked and turning pages so fast the book may go up in flames from the friction.
I give this book the full 5 stars.”
“The Unknown Soldier has everything you could want from a well-written adventure novel – suspense, danger and action straight off the pages of a ‘boy’s-own’ story, but with so much more to commend it: three dimensional characters you actually care about, complex relationships, beautifully descriptive prose and a setting that tells its own story on so many levels. All this is coupled with a level of detail and accuracy that only comes with knowing your subject backwards. All of this makes for a truly enjoyable, exciting and inspiring read!”
Charley Downey Ohm Books