Point of the Spear by Dave Hayward

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A novel set during the Malayan Emergency, five years after World War II, Corporal John Barr and his men search for the elusive communist terrorist forces while protecting local British interests.

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A Novel of the Malayan Emergency

An Infantry corporal, is at the point of the spear. He commands eight rifles and a light machine gun. He is the first commander to face the enemy. He is often the commander on whom the battle depends. He is young and strong. He is a warrior.

Five years after World War II beautiful and exotic Malaya is torn by rebellion. Corporal John Barr and his men are at the point of the spear as they search for the battle-hardened and elusive communist terrorist forces led by the ruthless Major Goh Chu.

Gruelling patrols deep into the jungle-covered mountains of a dangerous land force them to depend on each other for their very lives. Called upon to protect local British interests, John Barr encounters  Patricia Marsters, the beautiful, headstrong daughter of a plantation owner. Despite the differences in their backgrounds, romance blossoms.

Wounded in an ambush, an enraged Goh Chu hits back. The Marsters plantation is attacked and Patricia and her mother are taken hostage. John Barr leads a desperate rescue attempt that culminates in an attack on Goh Chu’s jungle stronghold.
Against the authentic background of a country at war, as strong men clash will love overcomes all odds?


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