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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007320183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007320189
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Cooper on 10 Nov 2011
Format: Paperback
I must admit to having difficulty putting into words just how disappointed I am with the fourth instalment of the Hawkwood books!!! Imagine ordering a T-bone steak only to be served span fritters...and then be spat on by the waiter who served you. Yes, I'm talking that level of disappointment!
Like several other reviewers before me I had read the first three books and loved every minute of them...and then this came rolling along like a Tuesday morning after a bank-holiday weekend!
To say the fourth book is slow would be an understatement; it crawls along at a glacial pace with little, if anything, happening until the final third of book. Hawkwood himself may as well not be there as he is swept along by events seemingly with little or no handle on what is going on around him, uttering the odd monosymbolic witticism along the way.
McGee's historical research is as excellent as ever (it's the only thing that saved this from being a one star review!) but ironically it's the history that's one of the main problems. For anybody who knows anything about the period they will already know that there was no successful coup against Napoleon in 1812 and therefore you already know the outcome of the already painfully slow book right from page one. Indeed, given the morsel of new information about Hawkwood's past that is imparted on us right at the end, it seems that Rebellion could just be a lengthy, long winded intro to Hawkwood 5 and an excuse for the author to take his lead character to America.
All in all this was a highly anticipated book which failed utterly to deliver or to live up to the high standards previously set by Hawkwood 1, 2 & 3.
In fairness I will give McGee the benefit of the doubt, I loved his first three Hawkwood offerings and will read the fifth when it appears but he really needs to pick up the slack next time around lest fans start to abandon the series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LJ Gibbs on 1 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
I had been looking forward to another thumping good romp with our Hero Hawkwood, especially after such a long wait since the wonderfully evocative Rapscallion - only to find Hawkwood disappearing into the background of the piece very early on and then spent time trying to work out who was who, who wasn't who he/she seemed to be, who wasn't out for a fast buck etc etc etc. Every turn of the page I hoped Hawkwood would once again step forward and give the story some clout but he was drowning, drowning in a long, drawn out plot that I soon lost interest in. Once we got to the soldiers being told of the *plot* and then having them march around Paris and the general fall out that ensued - this really was bordering on the ... ridiculous is the wrong word and yes, I know it actually happened......I do commend James on his research, superb as always - and I look forward to more rollicking good yarns with my favourite Bow Street Runner - after all, there is that mysterious past we have to find out about isn't there...?? ;) and when is he going to make an honest woman of Maddie Teague??? ;)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jan 2011
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Rebellion is the fourth novel by James McGee featuring Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood. The previous three are Ratcatcher (Matthew Hawkwood 1), Resurrectionist (Matthew Hawkwood 2) & Rapscallion (Matthew Hawkwood 3). If you've not read any of these I would recommend doing so before tackling Rebellion. Its not vital that you do but they do flesh out the character of Hawkwood a great deal and in my opinion are superior to this latest adventure.

To be honest after more than two years of waiting for another Hawkwood adventure Rebellion has come as a huge disappointment to me. Whilst every Hawkwood novel has been different, and this is part of the series' appeal to me, Rebellion is a definite misfire.

The main problem is James McGee's decision to centre the novel's plot on a real-life attempted coup against Napoleon in 1812. Whilst the events he recounts with some accuracy may be interesting from a historical perspective they do not make for an exciting and action packed adventure. During the book's lengthy middle-section, which essentially involves a lot of French army officers wandering around Paris arresting other army officers and assorted politicians with barely a single shot fired in anger, I really struggled to maintain my interest in events on the page.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ben Peyton on 23 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
Gone is the excitement, adventure and energy of your previous three novels. Instead we get a tedious, boring pedestrian history lesson.

There's just far too much filler with the action, and indeed Hawkwood, taking a back seat.

I couldn't finish reading this book as I found I simply didn't care what happened next. I got halfway through before I decided enough was enough and passed it on to an unsuspecting passenger at Heathrow's Terminal 3. I wish them better luck than I had.

Mr McGee, keep the story in London next time. That's where Hawkwood works best.
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