By Biyi Bandele
It is wintry weather 1944 and the second one international battle is coming into its most vital kingdom. a number of months in the past fourteen-year-old Ali Banana was once a blacksmith's apprentice in his rural native land in West Africa; now he is hiking in the course of the Burmese jungle. Led through the unforgettably charismatic Sergeant Damisa, the unit has been given orders to head at the back of enemy strains and wreak havoc. yet jap snipers lurk at the back of each tree—and whether the unit manages to flee, an infection and ailment lie in wait. Homesick and weary, the boys of D-Section Thunder Brigade refuse to renounce. Taut and fast, The King's Rifle is the 1st novel to depict the stories of black African squaddies within the moment international conflict. it is a tale of genuine lifestyles battles, of the lads who made the legend of the Chindits, the radical, quick-strike department of the British military in India. Brilliantly done, this vividly discovered account information the insanity, sacrifice, and darkish humor of that war's such a lot vicious battleground. it's also the relocating tale of a boy attempting to dwell lengthy sufficient to turn into a guy.