The first of the colourful exploits of jack crossman,
the devil's own
sees him in the thick of the fighting during the notoriously brutal & bloody crimean war. In an uneasy nineteenth century alliance with the french & the turks, the british troops faced the dreaded cossacks on the battlefield & debilitating diseases such as cholera in their campsites. Sergeant jack crossman, referred to by his admiring comrades as 'fancy jack', is a tough, shrewd & skilful soldier, part of the proud 88th regiment, the connaught rangers, also known as 'the devil's own.' when crossman is selected to lead a covert operation, he knows that his success or failure could determine the outcome of the war. Whether he & his men will survive their mission is another matter.