"The story is a ripping yarn which is hard to put down." - South Taranaki Star. "Cowie captures the manners, customs and language of the era skillfully, and importantly, establishes the essential nature of the conflict.....A number of real historical figures appear in the narrative, both Maori leaders and European military men, and it is fascinating to have them fleshed out into actual people...." - Peter Maxwell, Historian & Author. "First-time author Winston Cowie's book......is meticulously researched and he combines an impressive amount of detail with a wonderful story." - North Taranaki Midweek. "Cowie's book is a large and impressive work that makes a worthwhile contribution to our understanding of colonial New Zealand's troubled history." - Peter Maxwell, Historian & Author.