This bookcover image by Marti Adrian Gregory is perhaps the most difficult horse character of Into the Dark.
It is of a cavalry horse wounded on a WWII battlefield.
Horses on this battlefield probably did not suffer more than on others, but the ultimate folly of war was shown most clearly—and further folly too—as our ancient partner fell to man-made machines.
In the early 20th Century, the bright hope of liberating humanity from the tyranny of fanaticism, corrupt wealth and war was darkened by those same forces … in this era technological change swept away the last major remnants of mounted cavalry.
Horses were already being replaced by motorized horsepower when war came … the saying that ‘Generals always fight the last war’ was tragically played out as mounted units and draft animals mingled with tanks, artillery fire and aircraft.
Cavalrymen knew the situation: there were no massive waves of doomed galloping charges against superior weaponry as enemy propaganda claimed. However in countries such as Poland in the early days of WWII, there was no time to adapt, and tragic scenes of onslaught–metal against blood–gave mankind’s insensate use of horses in battle its final tragic setting.
The last part of “Into the Dark enters a recent historic change that seems to be already blended in memory with ages past; we are careless with our history. The scene is only three short pages, included because it was a turning point in the modern world that should not be forgotten.
Into the Dark (Book #3 of The Legend of the Great Horse) is to be published on July 20th, 2012 … the book’s new cover images and excerpts from the book will be shared in the run-up to the launch date…