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Fields Of Gold by Fiona McIntosh
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At the end of the Great War, two young men find themselves far from home, with everything to gain or everything to lose
Reviewed: February 2010
This probably deserves a 4 ½ star rating (McIntosh is a highly regarded fantasy and crime author) but I felt that her foray into general fiction, while good, was just a bit lacking in originality. It didn’t prevent my overall enjoyment of the book; I just seemed to have read similar storylines over the years. This is a saga, and it will have appeal for many of our readers, so please don’t be put off by my review. Jack Bryant, a mining engineer from Cornwall, and Ned Sinclair, an electrician from Scotland, arrive independently in India in 1918, meet at The Bangalore Club and strike up a friendship. They gain employment at KGF (a gold mining company) and maintain a very close bond, until some years later, when they fall in love with the same girl. There is enough Indian background to keep it interesting, and although almost 600 pages long, it’s an easy read. I really enjoyed her two crime novels, Bye Bye Baby and Beautiful Death, and hope she returns to that genre in the future.