Small War, Far Away

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During the Falklands War, to save his wife and child, and his friends and their women, Lance must run and fight like he has never run and fought before, several thousand miles down the spine of Argentina to the only safety a stone’s throw from the Antartic at Punta Arenas on Cape Horn. In this brand new Lance Weber novel Andew McCoy is writing at the peak of his form. More

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Words: 127,490
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311909855
About Andrew McCoy

BOSS, the security police of the apartheid regime in South Africa, twice sent assassins after Andrew McCoy on publication of Atrocity Week and The Insurrectionist. South American Nazis hunted him for Cain's Courage.
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Novels by Andrew McCoy
Atrocity Week
The Insurrectionist
African Revenge
Blood Ivory
Lance of God
The Meyersco Helix
Cain’s Courage

Literary Criticism
STIEG LARSSON Man, Myth & Mistress (with André Jute)

International Press Reviews of Andrew McCoy’s novels

“Mr McCoy gets on with the job of telling us exactly what it is like in the Heart of Darkness. He has the soldier's eye for terrain and the soldier's eye for character. This has the ring of truth.”
John Braine Sunday Telegraph

“Very rough, exciting, filmic, and redolent of a nostalgie de boue d'Afrique...experienced only by the genuine old Africa hand.”
Alastair Phillips Glasgow Herald

“Like the unblinking eye of a cobra, it is fascinating and hard to look away from, powerful and unique.”
Edwin Corley Good Books

“I found this work excellent. I recommend it as a book to read on several planes, whether of politics, history or just as thriller -- every episode is firmly etched on my memory. It is certainly a most impressive work of fiction.”
“H.P.” BBC External Service

“Like a steam hammer on full bore.”
Jack Adrian Literary Review

“Something else again. The author has plenty of first-hand experience of the conditions he describes so vividly.”
Marese Murphy Irish Times

“Totally convincing fiction.”
Colonel Jonathan Alford
Director, Institute for Strategic Studies
BBC World at One

“The reader is in good hands.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Even in an entertaining thriller he makes us see ourselves anew.”
La Prensa

“Graphic adult Boys Own Adventure.”
The Irish Press

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Review by: Matt Posner on Jan. 31, 2016 :
What a pleasure to read Andrew McCoy's Small War, Far Away. I've been following his Lance Weber novels for some years now as they have been rereleased by Cool Main Press, finding them truly different from anything else I have read before. Authentic period details are woven into tense stories of brutality and survival. Andrew's style is always smooth and transparent, allowing ready access to the fast-moving and compelling plot and the well-drawn characters.

In this case, we get a change of setting and mood from the books set in Africa, as Lance and his supporting cast, including his new business partner, the Israeli pilot Tanner Chapman, are forced out of their home territory by a combination of criminal trial and political machinations. They settle in Argentina on a cattle ranch and get very well established there at the expense of a corrupt and wicked military governor, Colonel Hernandez, and his perverse and wealthy lover, Dona Ana.

Then comes the war that most Americans think of as the Falkland Islands war, between Argentina and Great Britain. When Argentina goes onto high alert, Hernandez sees his opportunity to take the ranch and destroy all of Lance's family members and allies.

This doesn't work out. The result is a high-stakes scenario in which the heroes -- including the best of Lance's African friends, Jimmy, Pierre, Boo, and Mwanzo -- are forced alternately to run and hide from soldiers led by Hernandez and his repellent henchman, Jerez. Lance's wife, the highly competent Esmeralda, and their innocent daughter, Emmy, and Tanner's wife Ruby are also along, and Jimmy's useless French girlfriend, Jeanine, provides tension with her city ways. Their compelling story alternates with glimpses of the 1980s geopolitics involved in the war itself, which was no more than a curiosity to me at the time but which I do believe, based on Andrew's accounts, to have been of major import to the Argentine junta.

This book, with its alternation between running and hiding, is slower-paced than African Revenge and Blood Ivory, the previous two that I have read. It is less brutal (except if one considers certain elements regarding teeth) and less focused upon murderous vendettas, racism, and violence against women. These elements would indeed not have sustained interest in three books in a row: the change is a good thing, given that at this point, I am invested in the characters themselves and desperate that nothing bad should happen to any of them. Hernandez, while not so loathsome as the previous books' villain Theodore Bruun, is more than repellent enough with his small-minded cunning to maintain my interest in continuing to read to see whether he will get polished off at the end or return as a recurring villain.

This is one of the two new Lance Weber novels commissioned by Cool Main Press over the last few years. Comparing it to Andrew's earlier work, I find that he has not lost his step in any way with 30-odd years of life experience under his belt. The style is consistent, the characters as sharp as ever. Although I knew that he had written two more for Cool Main -- I receive all that publisher's books for review -- I initially thought this was one of the older ones. I was impressed in particular by the feeling of accuracy I derived from the depictions of 1980s politics and technology. Not that I expected any different, but for sure, Andrew McCoy knows his stuff.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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