Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

I am currently reading Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. It takes place in The small country of Borogravia, which is at war over a border dispute with neighbouring country Zlobenia, and matters are made worse when they destroy a number of communication towers belonging to Ankh Morpork which are banned because they offend their deity Nuggan. Such petty and bizarre abominations are updated frequently and often cause conflict between Borogravia and it’s neighbours.

Amidst the conflict Bar Maid Polly Perks leaves her job at The Duchess Pub, and secretly goes to war disguised as a male soldier, named Private Oliver Perks, in order to find her missing brother Paul, who joined the Borogravian army. (Which is not allowed Since women who dress up as men are considered an Abomination unto Nuggan). While signing up, Polly encounters the repulsively patriotic Corporal Strappi, the corpulent Sergeant Jackrum, Lieutenant Blouse, The Vampire Maladict, who is addicted to Coffee, the troll Carborundum, who can’t handle his drink and man of many parts, Igor. The regiment also includes Tonker” Halter, “Shufti” Manickle, “Wazzer” Goom, and “Lofty” Tewt.

Gradually as they make their way towards The Keep, where the enemy is based, they discover that the war is going badly. however an unwitting encounter with Zlobenia’s Prince Heinrich sees the Regiments exploits becoming known to the outside world through William de Worde and his newspaper. Their progress particularly piques the interest of Commander Vimes. Meanwhile Polly makes a startling discovery of her own regarding the other recruits and learns that none of the people in the Regiment are quite what they seem and Once they reach the Keep they come up with an audacious plan to infiltrate the Keep, and release the Borogravian soldiers…

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