Robert W. Mackay -- Book SigningSaturday Apr 20 2013 2:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park by the Cash Desk
Signing Soldier of the Horse (Torchwood Editions).
Winnipeg, 1914. When the call to arms comes, Tom finds himself hunched in the trenches, amid the mud and horror of the Great War. His prospects bleak, Tom serves with the Canadian Cavalry Brigade, in the thick of the stalemated struggles on the Western Front. In addition to the soldiers’ comradeship, Tom discovers the strong bonds of trust between the soldiers and their horses. With his own horse as his closest companion, he dodges a hurricane of shells, machine guns and swords, and in the clamour, faces his finest hour.
Inspired by his own father’s story and letters about fighting in Picardy, France, Robert W. Mackay has written a novel that brings to life the great military history and traditions of the Canadian Cavalry.
Robert W. Mackay’s interest in military history is deep in his roots. His father was in the Canadian Cavalry in the First World War, and his brother was a career naval officer. Robert served with the Royal Canadian Navy and the British Navy until 1969. He lives with his wife and two sons in Surrey, BC. Soldier of the Horse is his first novel and recipient of the Gold Medal for Military/Wartime Fiction at the 2012 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards.