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Merdeka by [Gunn, Lachlan]

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Length: 319 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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'Merdeka' (which means freedom or independence in Malay) is set in Malaya in 1957. The story covers both sides in the conflict and moves from jungle combat to romance on a tropical beach..... it shows the emotional cost of war.

Acting on secret intelligence a Gurkha patrol from the British Army is sent deep into the jungle to ambush a group of Chinese Communist Terrorists. It is accompanied by Alick Gordon, a young officer from the Scottish Border Regiment, Arthur Bryant, a seasoned District Superintendent from the Special Branch of the Malayan Police and Jalil, a tracker and guide from the local orang asli people.

The Communist Unit is led by Hor Too, a renowned and ruthless jungle fighter and is accompanied by Ah Sim, a female member of the Politburo. The tide has turned for the Communists due to the successful counter-insurgency campaign, where the phrase winning the 'hearts and minds' of a population was first coined.

The outcome of the ambush is unexpected and Alick Gordon is deeply affected by some of the deaths. In the days after independence (Merdeka) he takes a short break and makes a journey across Malaya. He finds comfort and solace in the company of those he meets, and one person will change his life forever.


“Merdeka is an excellent first novel from an exciting new author about the Malayan Emergency - a forgotten war and an emerging theme for contemporary fiction.”
The British Army Rumour Service

“This is a crisply told tale with a strong narrative line and a cast of well-drawn characters.”
Trevor Royle - Broadcaster and Author

"Merdeka is a military book that smoothly finds the balance between love, history and warfare."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 898 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Lachlan Gunn in association with BenAlpin Books; 2 edition (16 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,54,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bob in eastern Washington
4.0 out of 5 starsJungle warfare impacts fighters
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Maria Powers
4.0 out of 5 starsA Must Read
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Linda Bahnan
5.0 out of 5 starsThe war that wasn't a war..
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Leslie Jones
5.0 out of 5 starsA great story, evocative of a forgotten era.
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4.0 out of 5 starsMerdeka is a book well worth the read
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