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Merdeka (English Edition) di [Gunn, Lachlan]
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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."


Lachlan was educated in Edinburgh, except for two years spent in Malaysia and Singapore where he attended the Royal Naval Primary Schools in Johor Bahru and Singapore. He was awarded a University Cadetship by the Royal Navy, and went to Edinburgh University. A six month deployment to the Falkland Islands convinced him to join the Army, and he was commissioned into the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. During his military career he saw active service in Northern Ireland, before seconding to a Gurkha battalion (1/2 GR) in Hong Kong. He finished his Army career in charge of a Rifle Company and commanded a UK Contingent on a major international training exercise in New Zealand. He also attended a military training exercise in Malaysia, based at Terendak Camp near Malacca. He left the Army in Hong Kong and started work as a management consultant, before taking up a management position in a regional joint venture between Securicor plc in the UK and Jardine Pacific Ltd in Hong Kong. After nearly seven years in Hong Kong, he was sent to Taiwan where he set up Securicor Taiwan Ltd. Four years later he was sent to Thailand where he ran Securicor's businesses for two years. After a short spell in India, he returned to the UK at the millennium and, in July 2000, set up his own business, BenAlpin Ltd, a UK based independent consultancy providing commercial security advice and business support & advisory services. In 2004 Lachlan co-founded the European ATM Security Team (EAST), which gathers and provides security related information for the European ATM industry and facilitates effective representation of ATM related security issues at relevant European central institutions. He is a Director of EAST and manages the group, which now has representation from 28 countries. Married to Becky, and father of Neil and Craig, Lachlan now lives in Scotland on a hill overlooking the River Tay. Neil M. Gunn, the acclaimed Scottish writer, is

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 319
  • Editore: Lachlan Gunn in association with BenAlpin Books; 2 edizione (16 novembre 2013)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
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4.0 su 5 stelle Jungle warfare impacts fighters 24 giugno 2014
Di Bob in eastern Washington - Pubblicato su
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The heat and humidity of the Malaysian jungle comes through as last days of British rule are spent fighting insurgents wanting freedom from their British rulers. The communists start to wonder if they should continue the struggle as independence day approaches. the story focuses on one British soldier and a woman who is a communist guerilla. Both the heroism the fighters and the ultimate futility of the war come through.
I was concerned when the climactic battle took place and there was a large part of the book left. But the author used those pages well to show how the survivors dealt with the psychological aftermath of the war.
I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 because at times the narrative got bogged down in excessive detail that added little to the story line or to the feeling of the environment -- such as dragging the reader along on a drive lasting most of the day, but during which nothing much happened.
4.0 su 5 stelle A Must Read 19 agosto 2014
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Very good book.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The war that wasn't a war.. 2 agosto 2013
Di Linda Bahnan - Pubblicato su
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...for reasons of insurance.
I bought this book because my father died in that conflict. His body has only been found recently and I went to the memorial service in Kuala Lumpur last year - but that's my story. Merdeka means independence and that was what it was all about - independence from capitalist, as well as communist imperialism. The book deals with the background to this independence and straddles the date of Malay(si)an liberation. The story - the nitty gritty of the plot - is very professionally set up, which is not surprising, considering that this writer is the great nephew of Neil Gunn (Look him up!) The characters are believable, easy to empathise with, whatever their political affiliations and introduced in a way which is manageable to the reader. Nothing about this book annoyed me - surely, a first - not even the small punctuation errors (I'm notoriously nitpicking) - and I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of reading it from the very unusual beginning, in which events are predicted, to the classic ending - classic, not clichéd. It's got everything I love in a book: adventure, disaster, romance and all the loose ends sewn up - very satisfying. This conflict, I'm told, is almost virgin territory as a subject for novels. I hope so because I've started doing the research for my own.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A great story, evocative of a forgotten era. 7 settembre 2014
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A great story, and very well written with good pace and a believable narrative. I particularly liked the balance of descriptive narrative, which brought the story alive with its evocation of a forgotten era, and the face-paced action and story development. Great stuff Lachlan - when's the next novel coming out?
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4.0 su 5 stelle Merdeka is a book well worth the read 9 dicembre 2011
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Merdeka was recommended to me by a friend. Initially I thought it was going to be a book for the boys! Not so.....yes there is plenty of action, but there is also a real depth of feeling and sensitivity to the characters which the author manages to get across. The hot pursuit through the jungle, kept me turning the pages and I began to really live the story having been to that part of the world. I would definitely recommend this book as it reaches all the emotions!
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