Praise for The Roadants
Dean ‘Deano’ Carriere
- RR entry 1961
I started reading it this morning and laughed so hard at
times that tears ran down my cheeks. It brings back some great
Col. (ret.) Joep
Diening – Royal Roads entry 1969
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, the richness of detail, the
language used, the scenarios and characters described, the feelings
expressed...it was for me like reliving my first two years at Roads!
Holmes –Royal Roads entry 1960
can't remember when I last read an 800 page book but I have to tell you that I
read every word of yours and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Furmanczyk - Houston Texas
Bamberger Raid was good enough to be a screen
The Roadants by Douglas ‘Copious’ Cope, 6611
My novel, The Roadants, covers one academic year in
the early 1960s at what was then Canadian Services College Royal Roads. It is
not a series of vignettes, but a novel that describes the actions, adversities
and activities of first and second year cadets from their arrival to
graduation. Those who attended went from being lowly recruits and juniors in
year one to being the cadet officers and seniors in charge in year two.
as some of the tales in the book may seem, all of the anecdotes are
fundamentally true. The story attempts to convey the shock for the new boys at
being thrust into a rigid system that gave them virtually no privacy and
harassed them almost 24 hours a day. It also describes the struggles of the
second year boys to adapt to their position of power. The result for all was a
step towards manhood that none of the cadets would ever forget.
time at Royal Roads had a profound and, some might say, traumatic effect on my
life, and I think this is true for the large majority of those who attended.
Royal Roads is no longer a military college, and, as time goes by, the stories
and the legends fade. By writing this book I am leaving a chronology
of my sojourn at Roads and I hope it preserves this little bit of Canadian
history. I also hope that it may help my old Roadant buddies and others to
remember what we went through.
advised that this novel is the story of a group of average cadets and tells the
tale of cadets ‘in the trenches’ so to speak. As such, both the events and the
language are colourful.
If you would like additional details or to order a copy
of the book please contact
Doug Cope at firstname.lastname@example.org
A detailed, independent review of The Roadants by Barbara Maisonneuve is available in the summer of 2015 edition of the RMC Club magazine Veritas. Pages 56 to 58 at https://rmcclub.ca/index.php/everitas-veritas/veritas/
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