From the filthy back streets of Dublin to the deserts of the Sudan to fight and die for the British Empire.

Found guilty of stealing bread to feed his starving family, Michael McGuire is offered the “Queen’s Hard Bargain”, go to prison or join the Army. He chooses the Army and, after training in Dublin Castle, his life is changed forever as he is selected to join the ‘Gordon Relief Expedition’ that is being sent south of Egypt to Khartoum, in the Sudan.

The first book in the Michael McGuire Trilogy



Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire is a Captain in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, stationed in Cairo in 1898. He didn’t start out that way. He was arrested in his native Dublin for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving mother and sister. Found guilty he was given the choice of the “Queen’s Hard Bargain”, go to prison or join the army. McGuire chose the army and joined the Grenadier Guards in Dublin Castle as a private. He found that he liked the life and became a useful soldier. He was selected to join the Gordon Relief Expedition to march to the relief of Khartoum.

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The Nile Expeditions

The Gordon Relief Expedition (1884–85), was a British mission to relieve Major-General Charles George Gordon at Khartoum, Sudan. Gordon had been sent to the Sudan to help Egyptians evacuate from Sudan after Britain decided to abandon the country in the face of a rebellion led by self-proclaimed Mahdi, Mahommed Ahmed.

Reviews - No Road to Khartoum

Sweeping Epic Military Fiction

No Road to Khartoum: From Dublin to the Sands of the Desert (Part I of The Michael McGuire Trilogy) is a sweeping epic military fiction by Nigel Seed. Set in Egypt and the Sudan from 1883 to 1898, it recounts major events of the Sudan Campaign, beginning with the massacre of an Egyptian force and the later fall of Khartoum to the Mahdi, and ending with the retaking of Khartoum years later.

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Well written and extremely well researched

After having read the Jim Wilson books, I was very interested to hear that Nigel had written an historical Trilogy. starting with the war in Sudan and the fall of Khartoum and the Battle For Omdurman.. And I was not disappointed!

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This really is a cracking read!

This really is a cracking read! Having been made an offer he can’t refuse, Dubliner Michael McGuire enlists in the British Army.

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If you like Wilbur Smith, you will love this

Do not pick this book up if time is short, you won’t be able to put it down, If you like Wilbur Smith, you will love this, please bring out the next book in the series now

If you like historical military novels this is a beauty

If you like historical military novels this is a beauty. The characters are well rounded and believable and the action is fast paced. Cannot wait for the Reconnaissance troop to ride again

Swap your armoured personnel carriers for camels

Swap your armoured personnel carriers for camels and follow the compelling story of Michael Maguire who took the Kings shilling instead of prison and made a name for himself in the British army in the middle east fighting the crazed local tribesmen. The author has gone to great pains in his authentic recollection of the campaigns in Egypt and the harsh conditions in the army. Readers with a particular interest in military history will enjoy this book, I needed to know how young Maguire got on and was intrigued by his adventures.

If you're a fan of historical fiction, this is for you

If you’re a fan of historical fiction with a complex and well-paced plot that will keep you engaged from start to finish, No Road to Khartoum is for you. Michael McGuire is a perfect military protagonist.

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