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October 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm #1601
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Tony Roberts
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First review from Amazon this weekend:

5.0 out of 5 stars Casca’s continuing tale,October 5, 2012
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This review is from: CASCA #38 The Continental (CASCA The Eternal Mercenary, 38) (Paperback)

This is a follow on to Casca 36 a tale set during the American Revolution. While telling Casca’s story it also is a good history lesson. I liked the fact that the author included tales about the foreign support of the american cause. Keep up the good work Tony.

October 13, 2012 at 11:43 am #1608
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Tony Roberts
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Review from Kevin Schmitt.  I like his comment about choosing which people to leave in the lifeboat.

 
5.0 out of 5 stars Casca on this side of the big water. October 12, 2012
Format:Paperback
Tony Roberts has developed into a very descriptive writer over the past six years. Combining that with a top of the line knowledge of world history he continues to inform as well as entertain both first and second generation Casca fans. Perhaps his greatest challenge as a Casca author is deciding what he will place in a historic event and what could be left out. For Tony, that is like deciding who gets a place in the life boat and who goes down with the ship. Still, he has to choose.
A good example might be the fighting that took place around Monmouth Courthouse in New Jersey. General George Washington ordered his forward units to attack the British rear column as the enemy attempted to flee to New York. Those advance American units were commanded by Major Gen. Charles (Cry Baby) Lee. Ok, in all fairness I should mention that the British had Lee outnumbered two to one, so there was some logic in Lee’s decision to hold back unil the main body caught up. But that was not what Washington wanted.
Lee got his butt chewed off in front of witnesses. Perhaps because he had a history of backstabbing Washington. (He had gone after Washington’s job at the beginning of the war) Or maybe Washington was just in a foul mood after the fight.
In any case Tony didn’t cover that, but as always he refers to hundreds of people, places and things that bear out his prowess as a historian.
Great work as always.

 

October 14, 2012 at 10:06 am #1609
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Tony Roberts
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Al Roy did a review last night:

5.0 out of 5 stars CASCA #38 the Continental,October 13, 2012
This review is from: CASCA #38 The Continental (CASCA The Eternal Mercenary, 38) (Paperback)

Tony does it again in this tale, there is only so much you can put
in a book to hold the interest of the reader. Since the history of
our coming into freedom of the colonies, the book would have to be
very long, Tony chooses the times and places in the story with care
and the characters become like friends and some not so.

I have been a reader of the CASCA/eternal mercenary since book #1
when they were written by Barry, it’s like there is something
guiding Tony’s hand to tell the story like the way Barry did.

I await number #39.

November 11, 2012 at 10:31 am #1632
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At last, the conclusion to the minuteman! Casca battles his way through skirmishes and corporal punishment to avenge Pete Courtney and ultimately free Rose from the evil clutches of sir Richard.

Great start to the book, and a jump back in time to explain how he fell into captivity. Luckily he has friends in the right places, who put him back on track. The battle of Monmouthshire courthouse looms as the story weaves in and out of the American countryside as it counts down to an inevitable face-off on the battlefield. Strong endings are what leaves a book lodged in your mind and there is a definite sense of finality about this one that will make you reminisce over the two-part story, with mixed emotions.

Brilliant fight scenes as the story ebbs, Tony’s descriptions help paint a clear picture of what the scene would look like, especially when he is in the kitchen with Bradbury.

The minuteman gets 4.7/5.0 from me, a good mark for a strong story. The ending is typical of a second generation Casca story, possibly could of had a reference to Pete when casca and Sir Richard clashed but that’s plucking at straws. The only definite negative on this project was the cover art work, the picture of casca was a little below-par for me.

Great effort Tony!

November 26, 2012 at 8:21 am #1650
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Tony Roberts
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This one appeared on Amazon overnight:

5.0 out of 5 stars casca #38,November 25, 2012
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This review is from: CASCA #38 The Continental (CASCA The Eternal Mercenary, 38) (Paperback)

just like all the other books very good and entertaining liked very much waiting for the next casca to come out

December 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm #1678
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Tony Roberts
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Another Amazon review – Casca fan Dale Crawford posted this 8 December.

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read,December 8, 2012
This review is from: CASCA #38 The Continental (CASCA The Eternal Mercenary, 38) (Paperback)

Good story. Getting through the first 20-30 pages was a little rough, but after that I finished the book in 2 straight nights. The story kept me interested and there were few spots where I thought I could guess what was coming next.
I prefer the Casca stories set prior to the invention of guns, but I still find the story the author has wriiten set in post-1700 well written and easy to read.
Looking forward to the next installment and Casca’s next adventure!

December 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm #1699
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Tony Roberts
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Another review I’ve pulled from Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Casca # 38: The Continental, December 22, 2012

 

 

This review is from: CASCA #38 The Continental (CASCA The Eternal Mercenary, 38) (Paperback)

I had expected “Casca #38: The Continental” to follow “Casca #36: The Minuteman,” as it was obvious that Tony Roberts needed at least two books in order to relate the adventures of Casca Rufio Longinus (Case Lonnergan at this time), during America’s Revolutionary War. Yet, it was “Roman Mercenary” that came out as #37 and though surprised, I devoured that tale of the last of the Roman Legions in Western Europe.

“The Continental” picks up shortly after events chronicled in “The Minuteman,” at a low point of Casca’s in Robert’s Revolutionary War saga. He has been condemned by his current arch-foe, Major Sir Richard Eley, Baronet of Sandwell, to an anticipated short life of torment in the hulk of the HMS Jersey. The first portion of this novel depicts how it happened that Casca had fallen into the villainess hands the financially strapped and sexually depraved Sir Richard and the impact on this incarceration had on his former lover, Katherine Maplin. her daughter Rose (Sir Richard’s estranged wife)and others in their tragic circle. These flashbacks that bring the reader to Casca’s imprisonment are chock full of battles, some won some lost, all historically accurate as is usual for author Tony Roberts.

The last half of “The Contintal” takes place after Casca’s escape (we all know he must and will), and continues the story of Casca’s involvement with the Revolutionary War and his determination to gain vengeance on Sir Richard and to provide justice for Rose and her son Cass.

I also admired the humor strewn throughout. The British were probably unaware but so many of their mannerisms, sayings and thought processes struck me as quite amusing and I smiled often as I wended my way through the bloody battles, due to the humor parceled throughout.

How this all goes down is yet another example of Roberts regaling the reader with a lesson in history while weaving a damn fine story throughout.

January 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm #1745
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Tony Roberts
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Amazon review:

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another excellent page turning read, January 8, 2013
By Mark H. Lynn “Mark Lynn” (Oldsmar, FL) – See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) This review is from: CASCA #38 The Continental (CASCA The Eternal Mercenary, 38) (Paperback)
Casca #38: The Continental is a well organized and thought-out follow-up to Casca #36: The Minuteman. I found myself picking up right where we left off following the trials and tribulations of Casca as he tries to focus on the war at hand and the responsibility he feels to protect Rose and her son. Casca already had more than enough reasons to want to choke the life out of Sir Richard Eley, Baronet of Sandwell but to make it even worst the self centered Baronet goes about having him incarcerated on a prison barge, continually raping and beating Rose, and killing her father. Casca’s driven focus finally finds him face to face with the Baronet allowing him to exact his revenge.

As a lifelong fan of Casca I find Tony to be an exceptional author that has provided the breath of new life the Casca series needed that no other author before him has been able to do since Barry Sadler created it. After finishing any of Tony’s books I am anxiously awaiting his next contribution to the series; eager to see where and when he will masterfully insert us into Casca’s next historic adventure.

January 11, 2013 at 8:27 am #1750
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Tony Roberts
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Here’s a review of Casca 38: The Continental from the History of War website:
https://www.historyofwar.org/bookpage/roberts_casca_continental.html

February 3, 2014 at 9:39 am #2160
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Tony Roberts
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Another amazon review – the link is here: https://www.amazon.com/CASCA-The-Continental-Eternal-Mercenary/dp/162407149X/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

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