The third book in Richard Howard's Bonaparte series. Recalled to Paris for the first time in four years, Alain Lausard and his heroic cavalry unit look on as Bonaparte stages the coup d'etat that dissolves the existing regime.
The battle scenes are well described and Luassard is an interesting charachter. However there are a few things that bugged me about this book.
1)Karim this a sterotype in the extreme (Noble wise savage who fights for the French and the Author does not really need this charachter.
2)The dialouge is pretty poor with a lot the charachters seeming to say the same thing over and over again with a lot of self analisying. For instance Delpiree and Delcor growl at Laussard yet always back down you do just wish that they would hurry up and fight. 3)Laussard seems an extremly cappable soldier yet he is still only a sergant In Napoleon's army's it was quite common for common soldiers to rise from the ranks why is he still a sergant. Also if his faimily was murdered by the Revoultionarys would he not be fighting against them than for them.
4)All the French charachters seem to be invincible that the Author is indanger of losing any tension over there fates he should kill some off.
Otherwise this is an extremly well plotted well described story and am looking foward to more of the French version of Sharpe
The action scenes are well told but it has to be said that and the story is quite good but it has to be said that
1) The supposed main villian of this novel is pretty weak and is not given enough time or space to get ethier a good feeling or respect so that he does not give an impression.
2)As in all the other novels Lausard and his college Delpire stare and growl at each other then back down.Indeed they do this so much you just wish they would get on and fight.
3)Also Lausard and his company despite several times being surrounded by enemies nearly all the time all seem to survive with barely a scratch. In war this would just not happen he should maybe kill one or two charachters off to add tension in the Novel otherwise his is indanger of losing his reader's suspense and rsiks traveling down the road to predictability.
Apart from all this is a well told novel and if not as good as Cornwell or O'brien yet Howard is getting there.
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