Ricky Balona is the author of hard hitting and graphic military fiction novels. Steele is a military fiction series centered on the character Sergeant Steele. It charts Steele's experience as a Templar during the Crusades where he is cursed to an eternity of military servitude. We follow Sergeant Steele's battles in the French Foreign Legion, all based on some of the Legion's most epic and bloody battles.
French Foreign Legion Adventures is collection of short stories beginning with the Legion's involvement in the Crimean war through the North African desert era, W.W.1 and W.W.2 through Indochina and Kolwezi and Sarajevo. Written from a simple soldiers point of view caught up in merciless combat using the names of fellow Legionnaires I had the honour of serving with as the characters in the stories.
Ricky Balona was born in South Africa, now living in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Served in 1 Para S.A.D.F and 5 years in 2 Parachute Regiment of the French Foreign Legion. Author of By Blood Spilt series Steele's Dien Bien Phu, Steele's Verdun and Steele's Death March.
A Knight Templar in the Holy Land, discovers the Ark of the Covenant. Cursed to an eternity of military servitude. Centuries later Steele is fighting in the French Foreign Legion at the battle of Dien Bien Phu. Amidst the horrors of war, Steele must keep the location of the Ark secret while fighting a formidable foe and the Brotherhood.
Caught between the lines a Legionnaire is captured by the “Wild Men of No-Man’s Land”, deserters from both sides living in the hell of mud and blood during W.W.1. On the deadly R.C 4. in Indochina a Legionnaire fights to the bitter end against the Viet Minh. A Medic fights for survival at the bloody battle of Dien Bien Phu.
Sergeant Steele and the 5 Regiment Etrangere d'Infanterie are caught up in the treacherous Japanese coup d’état in French Indochina. Steele and the Legionnaires must fight their way to safety over more than one thousand miles of mountainous terrain and thick jungle relentlessly pursued by the Japanese and the brotherhood led by Steele’s sworn enemy, Jean.
Sergeant Steele is thrust into the carnage of World War One with the French Foreign Legion fighting a desperate battle at Verdun. Based on the Legions incredible advance through heavily defended German positions fact and fiction are intertwined. Steele must face the enemy and the Brotherhood in an attempt to rescue a young woman taken prisoner by his nemesis, Jean.
Set in the year 996 A.D the story takes part on the borders of Saxon and Mercian held territories in Britain.
The newly introduced Christian religion is fighting to replace the old gods and convert Pagans to their own faith.
A once peaceful village is thrust to the forefront of the war. A Pagan priestess, Viking captive and a warlord all strive to survive the turmoil.