'A good old-fashioned thriller, this title is fast paced and action-packed from the start...this is a good, easy-to-read book which is well worth getting hold of.'
'This is a good old fashioned thriller which actually lives up to this claim...this is a cracker of a book, if you are into thriller novels.'
'5*: Breathtaking read. Couldn't put it down! A real page turner. Had me on the edge of my seat throughout.' (review dated 19 Jun 20)
'5*: Brilliant! A fantastic read. If you like politico thrillers, with action, sex, travel and a Bond-like hero, then look no further.' (review dated 15 Apr 20)
'5*: Enjoyed by everyone and a great read! The perfect antidote to being ‘locked down’, a great page turner, lots of action and Gurkha heroes. Malta, Kathmandu and Kabul enable well researched virtual travel. Highly recommended read.'(review dated 24 Apr 20)
'Craig Lawrence, a modern Major General, draws on his army career and bursts onto the literary scene with a novel that begins with skulduggery in the city and ends in the snows of Devon...Inspired by Lee Child, Craig turns out a fast-paced adventure.…’
‘...a hard-to-put-down adventure that contains just the right mix of mystery, romance and intrigue. Verdict: This absorbing yarn should appeal to all tastes.’
'5*: First Class Debut Novel: Having been a military non fiction addict for many years, this is the first novel I have read for some years. It made me realise what I had been missing. A first class debut novel from Craig Lawrence. The plot is pacy, imaginative and intricate, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing as to what might happen next.. The use of short chapters makes it an easy book to pick up and read, but not put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will ensure that I now read his second novel “Reasonable Doubt”.'
‘Think dogs of war and Bourne Series.’
‘Craig Lawrence will grip you from the moment you open this book and read the first page...the story that unfolds will keep you mesmerised to the very end.’
‘...a high altitude, high octane fiction novel, The Legacy, which involves an ex-Gurkha Army Officer, a story that promises to captivate from the first page.’
‘As I reflect upon the Regiment's first quarter century, it is sometimes difficult to remember exactly just how much has been achieved. This is why this book is invaluable…it will perhaps help the reader to understand my deep personal pride in being Colonel-in-Chief.’
‘A pictorial celebration of 25 years of The Royal Gurkha Rifles, this book is crammed with more than 500 images of the brave soldiers past and present… Gurkha includes sections on kukri fighting, snipers and tracking, all of which go into shaping this elite unit.’
‘[A] fine study...Maj-Gen Lawrence, the third of the (so far) four honorary colonels, tells the story of the new regiment’s first 25 years and packs it with illustrations.’
‘What he has skilfully produced is a magnificent record of the famous and fearless fighting men from Nepal…This is neither a, so-called, coffee table book nor is it a detailed regimental history but provides a lively narrative which simply sets the outstanding illustrations into context. Gurkha is compelling reading and sure to become an essential reference work.’
'With a foreword by the Regiment’s Colonel-in-Chief, Prince Charles, this lavishly illustrated history makes engrossing reading. This is Lawrence’s second gurkha book; the first, The Gurkhas: 200 Years of Service to the Crown, looked at the whole history of gurkha service. This volume, which marks a celebration of the 25 years of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, covers a period coinciding with his own service, which began in 1984, and brings his own experience to bear. It is all the better for it. His empathy with and love of his subject shine through on every page and his own career – holding regimental appointments at every level including command – serves to illuminate the story and bring it to life. Lawrence’s sense of pride and privilege at having served alongside and commanded the Gurkha rifleman, outstanding for his exceptional bravery and complemented by his humanity, is a feature of the book. The Regiment’s operational tours and worldwide deployments are recorded in meticulous detail in the 19 appendices, together with a list of the 14 members of the Regiment fatally wounded in operations, the Regiment’s battle honours and awards and other fascinating detail. It is a very proud story, expertly told. '
‘It's gorgeously photographed, it's illustrated massively, it's not just a great heaving history book and it's a riveting read, beautifully written and prepared...it is absolutely fantastic.’
‘No wonder enemies just turn and run! Felling four foes with one bullet. Slicing off heads with a swing of a knife. As they mark 200 years as our most awesome warriors, a new book reveals why you should NEVER cross a Gurkha.’
‘This large, picture-filled book gives a fascinating insight into the history of the Gurkhas....This book is a fitting tribute to those who made and continue to make the grade.’
‘This sort of stuff is meat and drink to this fantastic book by Craig Lawrence....This is one of those paving slab size books you cannot ignore. So don’t!’
‘The history contained within captures the ethos and distinctive identity of the Gurkha soldier…The narrative is interesting and engaging but this is above all a visual history and in that respect it is superb.’