Keith McArdle was born in Sydney, Australia, in the winter of 1978. Joining the Army as an infantryman at seventeen, he soon learned what the real world was like. It was a very different place. He has had short stories published in the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force newspapers, the Australian Army magazine, 'Incoming!', as well as The Townsville Bulletin.
on Oct. 11, 2015 :
YOUNGER READERS would probably enjoy this tale of challenge, fight and comradeship. This could be the introduction to later tales, revealing the meeting of a group of mercenaries. As an older person, some things niggled. In a time when gold coins and swords and maybe even muskets were common, did innkeepers have beakers, taking 3 pints at a time? Did innkeepers use a measuring scoop to take beer from a barrel? It would have to be a strong animal that gave rise to a large drinking horn that did not shatter during fights. I ended with the idea that the demand for 3 pints was the author's way of showing how manly these guys were and the horn to indicate a Scandinavian background, as the spoken words/ dialects had served to identify the others. I did not question, however, the bounty being paid out with no trophy as proof.
(review of free book)