July, 1946. Sergeant Harding of the Royal Signals returns from an undercover mission on the Assam/Burma border. His assignment: to gain co-operation from tribal headmen in reporting sight of Indian National Army (INA) stragglers still at large in the jungle. He has been advised of unidentified aircraft using an abandoned airfield at Tamu. On his way to report, a chance encounter with Laura, the young wife of a missing tea planter, results in his being invited to the tea estate, where his suspicions are aroused by the behaviour of the manager and the apparently strange circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the husband, Mark Erskine. A detailed recce of Tamu airfield, where other intelligence suggests a groundswell of co-ordinated INA resistance is taking place, reveals a Junkers 52, a Dakota DC3 and a conclave of unknown men. Harding must return to the chilling austerity of post-WW2 Britain to work with Army Intelligence to identify the men. Will he track down Mark and uncover all the secrets Tamu has to hide? KINGSMAN is based on personal experience and covers a critical time in British history and the rise of nationalism in South East Asia.
It will appeal to fans of political and espionage thrillers and its genre is comparable to the work of John le Carre and Tom Clancy.
Eric Firth, now deceased, served in the Royal Corps of Signals from 1944 to 1969. His army career pattern largely echoed the 'Retreat from Empire' - India, Pakistan, North Africa, and the Malay Peninsula. KINGSMAN reflects much of Eric's experiences as a sergeant in India. He served at many of the locations and in some of the situations narrated in the novel.
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