The Tuzla Run

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An uneasy truce between IRA assassin Declan Rath and ex SAS soldier ‘Spider’ Webb adds to the spiralling tension as a Tuzla-bound convoy battles through war-torn Bosnia to bring aid to the beleaguered city. Targeted for destruction by Croatian Military Intelligence and Serbian para-militaries, the convoy, unwitting carrier of smuggled arms, is prey to all sides. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781458004802
About Robert Davidson

I spent my boyhood on various farms on the east coast of Scotland as the son of an itinerant, and argumentative, labourer who could hold a job no longer than a few months. (Intoxicated, one Hogmanay, he was arrested, & held overnight in the cells for ‘being drunk whilst in charge of a bicycle’.) I joined a boxing club to develop a way of avoiding daily beatings. A spin-off benefit of this was winning the Midlands of Scotland Lightweight championship.

I left Caledonia at the age of fifteen, narrowly evading Borstal, to join the British Army where I spent two and a half years in Boys Service and was posted to adult service and on stand-by for the Suez Emergency. Fortunately, that ended rather ignominiously and I shipped out to Malaya, at the height of the communist insurgency there.

On the completion of three years my next port of call was Belgium, then the UK, where, after selection and training, I served with the airborne forces and passed some time in the North, Belfast mainly, during The Troubles.

Eventually I went to Germany, where I narrowly avoided being court-martialled for punching out a fellow warrant officer who had rather over estimated his own physical capabilities.

Hong Kong followed the Fatherland where I moonlighted as an extra and stuntman for Shaw Bros and Golden Harvest Film studios. I appeared, albeit briefly, in ‘Bruce Lee and I’, episode nine of Hawaii Five O, and a myriad of other features produced purely for consumption by the Chinese cinema goer.

Returning to Europe I was recruited by a head-hunter on behalf of the U.S. Government and after several courses in CONUS served in most of the European countries, Israel & Turkey. I managed at this time to obtain two degrees from the University of Maryland and travel extensively on mainland Europe as a tour manager for a holiday firm concentrating on American clientele.With the downsizing of the U.S. presence in the European theatre a friend offered me the job of convoy manager, ferrying humanitarian aid to the beleaguered cities and towns of Bosnia-Herzegovina, under the auspices of UNHCR, during the conflict in the early nineties in the former Yugoslavia.

I retired to the UK and took up golf, wrote The Tuzla Run and have offered my body, piecemeal, to medical science, which is currently in possession of three per cent of it, while I retain the rights to the balance — so far. Since then, life has become so boringly uncomplicated and decidedly humdrum that I’ve decided to write a sequel to The Tuzla Run with the working title of The Poisoned Chalice. Spider and Rath will appear on stage once more but the villain supplanting Colonel Paroski will be Liam McDermot, the older, nastier brother of Calum McDermot, deceased.

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Review by: Martha Marks on Jan. 27, 2011 :
Few novels offer what The Tuzla Run does: a potent combination of real-life adventure in a beautiful and exotic (to an American, at least) location; strong, believable characters; and obvious knowledge about a tragic, complex, and fascinating episode in recent history.

When I bought this book, I knew little about the Bosnian civil war. After finishing it tonight, I have a sharp understanding of the religious and political factions that tore the former Yugoslavia apart in the 1990s. It's as if I've been there… riding perilous roads with an international convoy on its mission of mercy. Flying low in a chopper along the coast. Inhaling the smoke and dust and grit of war. Getting to know two sworn-enemy colleagues, Spider and Rath, who inhabit the center of the story.

This is a powerful, well-written book. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it, and I heartily recommend it to others.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Annmarie Banks on Jan. 08, 2011 : (no rating)
The Tuzla Run reads like an action movie. I felt and could see the characters loading weapons, firing shots, and tumbling down mountains. The masculine swagger of some of the characters reminded me of James Bond and there is an Ian Fleming-like pace that flings the reader from place to place, scene to scene and action to action. I was truly afraid many times as I read, and when I breathed a sigh of relief, I found I had been holding my breath. This novel is sure to please the reader with its tight plot and colorful characters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Wendy Bertsch on Dec. 17, 2010 :
Even readers like myself who don’t seek out action thrillers will love this book about a convoy making a dangerous run through war-torn Bosnia. There’s excitement enough for anyone, right from the beginning, but the focus on the intriguing characters adds great dimension to the story of a dangerous episode I, for one, had never given much thought to.

Davidson’s personal experience allows him to weave a compelling tale that pulls us into the action and confronts us with a cast of characters that most of us would take pains to avoid in real life. And he has the skill to draw from us a grudging respect for some of those characters.
But not all. Oh, definitely not all! We’re gripped by the tension between the two major players, and this dynamic does not fail us to the very end . . . which I loved!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carol Dance on Nov. 17, 2010 :
This is the sort of thriller that you start reading on the tube and suddenly find yourself at Morden; then you think 'oh blow work', get off the train and find a coffee shop to carry on reading. Smashing stuff. Ceeds
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Judy Adams on Nov. 16, 2010 :
I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who enjoys realistic, timely, suspense-filled drama that is populated with highly believable scenes and characters. I've grown extremely fond of Declan and Spider and wish I knew them personally. In addition to being a fast-paced thriller, The Tuzla Run can definitely be described as a true work of literary fiction. It is an excellent read and well worth coming back to over and over. This is a riveting, poignant story that ought to be made into a sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat movie.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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