James Boschert is the author of the Talon Series, set in 12th century Palestine and includes, Assassins of Alamut, Knight Assassin, and Assassination in Al-Qahirah. Boschert recently published When the Jungle Is Silent, a novel on "The Confrontation," the Jungle War in Malaysia in the 1960's and where he served as a young soldier.
James Boschert grew up in the then colony of Malaya in the early fifties. Post war Malaya was going through the turmoil of a Chinese Communist insurgency that threatened the future of the country. He learned first hand about terrorism as the CCO were fighting the British Army for possession of the dense jungles of Malaya and attacking convoys of food trucks and any other soft targets they could find. His school was burnt down and the family while traveling, narrowly survived an ambush. They were saved by a patrol of Gurkhas which drove off the insurgents.
Boschert joined the British Army as a boy soldier at 15 and three years later was posted back to Malaysia which was now independent to serve in Borneo and Malaysia for four years. Later, he served in other remote places such as Oman.
Boschert spent a lot of his leave hitch hiking around Europe. At one time he hitch hiked from the UK to Cyprus just to see what it was like. He spent many years in the Middle East in countries such as Lebanon, Israel, and finally Iran where he worked with the Shah's army. He served as an adviser with a Tank battalion during a local conflict with Iraq before being posted to Shiraz where, "We only worked in the mornings and played polo almost every afternoon!" The team he coached and captained for the Shiraz garrison distinguished itself by taking second place in the annual Royal Tehran polo tournament.
Boschert developed a passion for the remote Assassin castles dotted along the high Alborz mountains, sometimes walking for days to find a particular castle, which included a visit to the notorious castle of Alamut where the infamous Hassan e Sabah lived out his days. It was these castles and the interest in the Ismaili Assassins that prompted the first book The Assassins of Alamut.
He also traveled on skies across the same mountains during the freezing winters that locked villages in for the duration.
In 1978 the revolution in Iran was taking off and by the winter it had overturned the Shah and the new regime was showing its true colors by executing those of the former government officials and many senior officers in the armed forces who could not escape. Boschert escaped from Iran during the winter of 1979 and made his way back to the UK. He went on to become an engineer and now lives in Arizona on a small ranch with his family and animals.
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"This is a rare first novel that not only is well written and crafted by a confident author but is also solidly based on research and the life experiences of the author. Boschert draws on both his childhood and time in the British army, when he lived in Iran for more than five years, and this gave rise to his fascination with the time period for this story: the Crusades from the vantage point of the Persians." --Review of Assassins of Alamut, Historical Novel Society.
When Jungle is Silent : Set in Borneo of the 60s during a little known war called “the confrontation,” this story tells of the British soldiers who fought in one of the densest jungles in the world. Jason, a young soldier of the Light Infantry, is stationed in Penang, an idyllic island off the coast of Malaysia until his regiment is sent to Borneo. Ill prepared for the grim horror of a war in the jungle, he finds himself “Up Country” close to local populations of Iban headhunters, and in the path of a determined Indonesian offensive. Fighting erupts along the border of Sarawak and Jason has to learn to survive in a world gone mad.