Malcolm MacPhail WW1 series


A War for King and Empire

(1915-1916) – Book 3

He enlisted to fight. Their fight became history.

Early 1915.
The most dangerous place on Earth.

Malcolm MacPhail enlisted in the army to fight the Hun and get out of town – not necessarily in that order. Now he’s arrived in the infamous Ypres Salient. It’s pouring, he’s up to his shins in mud and he’s had his first terrifying acquaintance with the enemy howitzers. The Great War is proving less glorious than he imagined.


If he’s to survive on the deadly front lines of the Western Front Malcolm must become a soldier. However, when a shady acquaintance from home turns up to remind him of his past and looking for trouble, suddenly he faces enemies in front and behind.


Unbeknownst to the Allies the Germans are readying a secret weapon, bent on conquering the Salient. Malcolm and a close-knit band of soldiers are all that stand between them and a devastating victory…


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My Hundred Days of War

(1918) – Book 2

He just wanted to go home. The generals had other plans

August 1918.
Amiens, France.

Allied armies have driven a massive hole in the German lines. But the enemy is regrouping. Major Malcolm MacPhail of the Canadian Corps is an intelligence officer, a veteran of countless battles and too outspoken for his own good. Now he’s worried. Every Fritz on the Western Front seems headed their way, bent on preventing the breakthrough that might just end the war.


As the attack resumes and friends start to fall, Malcolm fears his own luck may finally be running out. It doesn’t help that he’s somehow stomped on another general’s toes. So when captured German booty goes mysteriously missing, and the nephew of an old nemesis appears with searching questions for him, the dangers at headquarters suddenly rival those of the battlefield.


The Great War is entering a pivotal and deadly new phase. For Malcolm, even victory may not be enough…


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Best Books of 2018This second adventure of WWI Canadian intelligence officer Malcolm MacPhail is richly textured and atmospheric… Duthie has created a wonderfully convincing central hero, and he shades and deepens MacPhail expertly in this new book.” – STEVE DONOGHUE, Open Letters Review, Best Books of 2018: Mystery! (number 3)


An impressively researched and well written historical novel of Canada’s Hundred Days, 1918.” – J.L. GRANATSTEIN, author of The Greatest Victory: Canada’s Hundred Days 1918


Malcolm MacPhail’s Great War

(1917-1918) – Book 1

Fall 1917.

The Western Front is in stalemate.

Captain Malcolm MacPhail of the Canadian Corps has been in the trenches for longer than he cares to remember. He’s just landed a new job on the intelligence staff, but if he thinks staying alive is going to become any easier, he’s sorely mistaken.


The rain is pelting down, the shells are flying and the dreaded battle for Passchendaele looms. Malcolm reckons matters can still get worse. Which proves to be an accurate assessment, especially as his unruly tongue has a habit of making enemies all on its own.


The Allies are fighting desperately to swing the tide of war, and Malcolm’s future hangs in the balance, so keeping his head down is simply not an option…


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“Darrell Duthie skilfully blends history and fiction… He brings his invented hero, Malcolm MacPhail, into conjunction with real characters, to inform and stimulate readers… Malcolm MacPhail’s Great War is realistic and often gripping… deserves a Mentioned-in-Despatches at least!”DR. PETER STANLEY, professor, former principal historian of the Australian War Memorial, author


“The concept of trench warfare…is a prominent theme in this very readable work of ‘faction’… The friction between HQ politics and the front line resonates throughout this tale. All in all, it is an enjoyable read.” – SOLDIER MAGAZINE (magazine of the British army)




Canadian Military Family Magazine, Winter 2018


Amersfoort Nu, January 2018

Winnipeg Free Press, September 2018



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