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Redcoat [Paperback]

Bernard Cornwell
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5 Jun 2008
In the winter of 1777 the British Army marched triumphantly into Philadelphia the Redcoats had won the battles against the rebellious colonists and forced them to winter in the cod hills, while they danced in Philadelphia. Christopher Vane and Sam Troop both meet women that winter who change their lives. It was crucial that the Redcoats should show spectacular victories to prevent the French alliance with the Americans. But some of the Redcoats are torn in their allegiances…


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (5 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140177221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140177220
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.

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About the Author

Bernard Cornwell is the author of many historical thrillers, including the SHARPE series which was a highly successful television drama. He was born in London but now lives in America.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a revolutionary tale 14 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
'Redcoat' is an example of Cornwell's earlier work, it being one of the first non-Sharpe titles he wrote since that series began. Since the late 80s he has gone on to prove that he can write more than just one character - for instance the King Arthur trilogy he wrote was particularly excellent.
This book is set during the American War of Independence and follows a series of characters as they react to the English occupation of the US capital Philadelphia. From the view of an officer, private and rebel a story unfolds of war, treachery and love - the usual Cornwell combination then!
This book does not show Cornwell's best as the story is just not stong enough. It is very reminiscent of other books he has written. Normally this does not matter as the characters are fleshed out so well but in this case it does as you end up feeling little sympathy for anyone. The pacing of the book is a bit off and not that much seems to happen. Although not the best Cornwell book I have read worse historic fiction - I think it could put a first time Cornwell reader off looking at other of his titles so I suggest sticking to Sharpe or the King Arthur trilogy first.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Cornwells best 28 Sep 2000
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This book is set during the American Revolution and during the Battle of Germantown and the British occupation of Philadelphia. The charachters are well fleshed out and of course Cornwell excells in the battle scenes but I found the ending dissapionting (It was if you will excuse the pun a bit of an American ending) E.G Christopher Vane who was interesting charachter and Cornwell could have done a series on him set during the American war ended up as a ruthless villian determined to win with the view that end justifies the means. A bit of a waste in my opinion but there you go. His other main charahcter the hero Sam Gilpin I found very hard to like and sympathise and with and who jsut struck me as some dumb country bumpkin. Unlike Sharpe,Derfel and Starbuck his other characters from different books. Some bits of the story were good though showing the effects of faimly riven by civil war and the tradgedy of what would happen to them. Overall an enjoyable book but certainly a far cry from Cornwells best.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Redcoat by Bernard Cornwell 16 July 2011
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Having read many of Bernards books I ordered this one through Amazon not being able to find it locally.
It was delivered with the usual excellent service and did'nt disappoint.
Concerning the American War of Independence it revolves around the torn loyalties on both sides and impresses both with Cornwell's usual excellently researched blending of fact and fiction and plenty of action.
I've never been too keen on his Sharp sagas as they tend to be too incredible for me, but he certainly hits the spot with this and his saxon v viking novels.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars At the lower end of a high standard 1 Jun 1999
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Format:Paperback
Bernard Cornwell must be incredibly dedicated to write fiction at the pace and in the quantity he does, considering the research involved and the high standard he maintains. However, this novel seems to be somethiing he has produced at a pace consistent with him while possibly being rather unfresh. If you're familiar with Cornwell then nothing will be surprising by mid way through this book. As usual he develops characters to a humanly recognizable level so that we all realise we are all the same anbd war is a terrible futility, but this pales before the warlord trilogy. For Cornwell, very average, but in the wider context, very good indeed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Cornwells best! 11 Feb 1999
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The book features an english redcoats adventures in North America during the war of independence. Very much Cornwell by numbers and lacks the charm of the Sharpe/Starbuck and especially the Warlord saga - ok but you will not rush to reread it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redcoat, 22 Jun 2013
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Bernard Cornwall at his best. Cannot understand why I missed this book when it was first published, but well worth waiting for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Another of Cornwell’s books that evokes an image of the time.

Very interesting, very enjoyable and well worth the read. Cornwell captures a certain realism and weaves fact with fiction in a perfect manner.

The characters seem to come to life and portray the times in such a way that you either want to be there or are glad you were born in this century not theirs.

A long with The FORT, this is a detailed and interesting read, one I would recommend if you enjoy the colonial wars or the 18th century…
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 12 Jun 2014
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Always good stories from Bernard Cornwell. A good companion when travelling, Delivery prompt and quick, Recommended to all who like a good plot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant
Vivid historical portrayal and master storytelling. This might just be his best work! Can't praise this book enough. More stand-alone works please Mr Cornwell!
Published 3 months ago by Ben Desrosiers
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't wish to write more words but I am prepared to give it a star...
I don't wish to write more words but I am prepared to give it a star rating n n n
Published 4 months ago by Bhdc
5.0 out of 5 stars Redcoat
A great tale from the beginning with several twists and surprises along the way plus Cornwell's usual accuracy. Riveting stuff!
Published 5 months ago by M. Bates
1.0 out of 5 stars More Mills & Boon than Swash & Buckle
I am a reader & collector of all titles by this author & have never been so disappointed by one of his books. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anthony Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved Redcoat
Brilliant writer always well researched and written, never dissapointed with Bernard Cornwell books. Only one problem,
He does not write them fast enough. Read more
Published 7 months ago by William Graham Massey
5.0 out of 5 stars Redcoat five star read
Redcoat changes the perception to what weve seen of them in movies.facinating detail of their existence eg.how they plastered their hair with flour . Read more
Published 10 months ago by James macdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars good historical novel
four stars for (as usual) a well researched Cornwell novel. the plot is compelling if a little biased on the pro patriot side. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter Johnston
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed the book
read it on holiday,new some of it was near the truth,i will read more of his books,blah blah blah ok.
Published 11 months ago by eddie391
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
this is a good product & I checked prices on other websites and I am more than happy with it
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Kerry Stylianou
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I was never a book reader as a kid, but Bernard Cornwall changed the with the Sharpe books, now I am hooked and cannot wait to see what is out next....
Published 15 months ago by derrick roland wilks
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