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Three Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men

Three Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men [Kindle Edition]

Jack Caldwell
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"Caldwell stays true to Austen's original characters here, but modifies them in ways that help them evolve in the new story lines he has created for them. They are fresh and fun, and fully dramatic, with plenty of intrigue and backstabbing to go around on the international stage... Readers will enjoy revisiting some of their favorite characters, seeing new sides of old characters, and being introduced to new, engaging characters. Overall, a unique novel that brings some action to the upper echelons of society." - Savvy Verse and Wit

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"A heart–pounding romance...Pemberley Ranch is both fresh and a great history primer."-Publishers Weekly


Love reigns supreme for Colonels Buford, Fitzwilliam, and Brandon as our brave fighting men are enjoying their courtships and early married lives with three beloved Austen heroines. The couples lead tranquil loves-until Napoleon escapes from exile.

As the colonels set out to meet their destinies on the fields of Waterloo, Anne, Caroline, and Marianne defend their hearts against the fear of losing their loved ones forever.

From the serenity of Regency England to the scandal and intrigue of the Congress of Vienna, three gentleman live, love, fight, and defend their country from Napoleon's voracious ambition.


"A surefire page–turner...Jack Caldwell's heart-pounding standoffs and heart–racing romantic moments are bested only by his real gift in clever nuances and subtle references."-Austenprose

"A spectacular integration of romance, war, history, adventure, and conflict...I was enthralled."-Austenesque Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 677 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (1 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OI2AKU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, professional economic developer, playwright, and like many Cajuns, a darn good cook. Born and raised in the Bayou County of Louisiana, Jack and his wife, Barbara, are Hurricane Katrina victims who now make Florida their home. His nickname--The Cajun Cheesehead--came from his devotion to his two favorite NFL teams: the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers.

Always a history buff, Jack found and fell in love with Jane Austen in his twenties, struck by her innate understanding of the human condition.

When not writing or traveling with Barbara, Jack attempts to play golf. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, Jack is married with three grown sons.

Jack's blog postings--The Cajun Cheesehead Chronicles--appear regularly at Austen Authors.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, Recommended 25 Feb 2014
By Dickens
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The author, Jack Caldwell, has taken characters from many of Jane Austen's books, blended them, and created a tale centered around the last days of the Napoleonic War. He has done so, in a credible and entertaining way. All of the characters are believable and retain much of their original style. Caroline Bingley becomes central to the plot and is allowed to mature and develop nicely. Overall this is an excellent book, with something for everyone. Five stars - thoroughly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay 1 July 2013
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I found it difficult to switch between the characters, and it's quite frustrating how the book goes between places all the time. I like the part of Caroline Bingley for a change, that storyline is pleasant.

I'm not sure why Willoughby was brought into the story at all and General Tilney is mentioned too. There really is no need to bring all of JA's characters into it, I find that to be too contrived and annoying.

It was an easy read and quite enjoyable though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the colonels 30 Jun 2013
By katymay
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I gave this story five stars as it was a really riveting read with some historical facts inserted to make it more realistic. It is a brilliant blending of two of Jane Austin's novels. I would thoroughly recommend this Jack Caldwell novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Three Colonels 12 Jan 2013
A really interesting read. Two of the characters come straight from the novels of Jane Austen, Colonel Brandon and Colonel Fitzwilliam. The third, Colonel Buford, marries Caroline Bingley. The characters are all as you would have expected if Jane Austen had written this book. This is the tale of the three as they wade their way through marriage and the Napoleonic wars, including the Battle of Waterloo. I could not put this book down and enjoyed reading about these three couples. Caroline Bingley was a surprise and I enjoyed reading her journey throughout the book. This was a great amalgamation of characters and I highly recommend this book to all those who enjoy reading Jane Austen sequels. A great merging of characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious Jane Austen inspired romantic adventure 18 Mar 2012
By Jeffrey Ward - Published on
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From Jack Caldwell, the author who brought us Pemberley Ranch, comes a 3-alarm war-time romance: The Three Colonels, Jane Austen's Fighting Men. An amalgamation of two separate novels is often labeled a "mish-mash" but Mr. Caldwell's unique melding of the principals from Pride and Prejudice with those from Sense and Sensibility deserves a much classier description.

Two of the three military heroes emerge straight from Jane Austen: Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam and Colonel Christopher Brandon. The third, Colonel Sir John Buford, has been conjured up from the author's fertile imagination. One is married; (Brandon) one gets married; (Buford) One wants marriage. (Fitzwilliam)

Colonel Brandon is enjoying domestic tranquility with his beloved Marianne and the two are doting on their newly-arrived infant daughter, Joy. Following an uninvited and intrusive encounter with John Willoughby, she weighs the merits of her husband against her former lover. ".....Colonel Brandon, however, said little but did much....//......His deeds spoke volumes. He was the true romantic...."

Colonel Sir John Buford is a handsome war hero, multi-talented, and a notorious rake. As he reforms his philandering ways, he falls in love with none other than Caroline Bingley. Miss Bingley is also ridding herself of her prickly reputation as a haughty and prideful social climber. Initial suspicions of each other's marriage motives dissolve away as they're lovingly mentored by the role models in their families and friends. "....He was aware of Miss Bingley's reputation, but her actions showed a desire for improvement, and Colonel Buford wondered if they might be fellow souls, striving for redemption...."

The author's account of Colonel Fitzwilliam's escapades at Rosings are brilliant and the high point of the book for me. The colonel's own romance is just too wonderful for me to want to reveal anything of it here. Initially he is dispatched to Rosings by his father, Lord Hugh Fitzwilliam, (the rightful owner of the estate) to audit Rosings which has been mismanaged by Lady Catherine. The grand lady's turf war and her explosive dialogues with Fitzwilliam and virtually everyone else are Mr. Caldwell at his best. During this time, Mrs. Jenkinson, Anne DeBourgh's companion, stumbles upon the source of Anne's poor health and the unexpected details are wildly funny. To my delight, a maturing Anne acquires some steel against the controlling machinations of her overbearing Mother: ".....Silence, Mother! Your schemes are not to be borne! Let us have a right understanding between us, madam. I will NEVER go to Bath with you. The day Mrs. Jenkinson leaves this house is the day I do. You have a choice before you - suffer my companion or lose both of us...."

By the time I was half-way though the novel, I was so thoroughly in love with the colonels, their ladies, and the endearing camaraderie amongst them all, I wished it never to stop. However, their tranquility doesn't last long as the dreaded news of Napoleon's escape from Elba and his massing of another army galvanizes the officers into action and strikes terror into the women. The author's helpful dramatis personae includes a list of actual historical figures who are skillfully interwoven with the fictional characters into the spectacle of Waterloo, one of history's pivotal battles. The slaughter of men and livestock was almost incalculable and it was into this horrifying inferno that the heroic three colonels descended as their women waited in England for news....any news of their whereabouts at the front.

One of the techniques I appreciated was the author's use of place name markers which he introduces in italics, to signify sudden changes in the location of the story. Because of this, the action, at times, takes on the characteristic of a fast-breaking contemporary news event. Without these markers, I would have been hopelessly lost.

The only drawback worth mentioning was the sexually explicit nature of the honeymoon bedroom scenes of Colonel Buford and Caroline which added little for me and seemed to actually detract from the lofty overall spirit of the story.

The author has possibly presented the most historically accurate account of Waterloo in a work of fiction since Georgette Heyer's An Infamous Army, which is noted in the author's bibliography and does he pay homage to it here? ".....Green troops, green cavalry, green officers - that is what we have here, Colonel! An Infamous Army, what?....." And, I still think Colonel Fitzwilliam's unexpected but glorious romance is worth the price of the book alone. Achingly romantic and breathlessly paced, the story ate me alive with alternating feelings of dread, mirth, tears, and joy....just what a great read is supposed to do.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Colonels 2 Mar 2012
By Blodeuedd - Published on
Now this one was a bit different from the JA books I usually read, and that is always something I approve of. I do like change.

This book is all about Colonel Fitzwilliam and the lady he loves (yes yes we can all figure it is Anne), Colonel Brandon and Marianne, and Colonel Buford who falls for Caroline. Really Caroline?! That was my first thought, but if Darcy can change then so can Caroline and she does change. She actually becomes a really sweet person and I liked her. Which I never thought would happen.

I felt that the book was mostly about Buford and Caroline, then came Fitz and Anne and last the Brandons. But then these two were settled and happy so no drama there. While there sure was drama around Anne and Richard. And of course the romance of Buford and Caroline. What was also fun was that everyone knew each other. Lizzy was friend with the Marianne and Elinor. There is a mention of Tilney and the Elliott family and I do love that. Like they all were there and could have met.

As for the story there was romance, drama and then last, Waterloo. I liked to see all the characters I love and to see new people find happiness and to hear what happened to others. One thing though, something happened that I did not like one bit, I am still a bit upset, sadly I can't say what. Then again another thing also happened which made me really glad so I guess those two things take themselves out. And there was also a love scene that felt a bit awkward. But I have never been one for details. All in all a fun Jane Austen variation. Though even if not a colonel, I still missed Wenthworth, he is a fighting man after all.

If you want more than just Lizzy and Darcy then this might be JA variation for you. Jane Austen's fighting men sure needs love too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Brave Colonels and the Strong Women Who Love Them 22 Mar 2012
By Meredith - Published on
Leaving behind stetsons, western ranches, and cowboys, Austenesque author Jack Caldwell picks up his pen to compose a sequel for two of Jane Austen's most beloved military men, Colonel Fitzwilliam from Pride and Prejudice and Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility. Included in this integrated sequel is a character of Mr. Caldwell's own creation, the knighted and reputed bad boy Colonel Sir John Buford. What do these three men all have in common? Obviously...they are all colonels. But they also have the distinction of being in love with Austen women, some of which may surprise you! In addition, all three men are good friends (or related to) the Darcys. (Yes, readers will see a little bit of Darcy and Elizabeth in this novel!) And lastly, all three of these brave men are called to serve their country and their king in the Battle of Waterloo.

I must admit, even though I adored Jack Caldwell's Pemberley Ranch, I was a little anxious that this novel would be all battles scenes and fighting, and not enough romance. Boy, was I wrong! The hopeless romantic in me was most assuredly satisfied with this exhilarating and engrossing saga! There was so much more than war going on; there were estate wars, adulteress wives, newborns, lovers who want to rekindle the past, weddings, murders, and the constructing of lifelong friendships. In addition, I love how Mr. Caldwell related this story! With three heroes to follow, readers were constantly traveling from Delaford, to Rosings, London to Belgium, Newcastle to Vienna, and Pemberley to Longbourn. I appreciated seeing action from all the lead characters' perspectives and took pleasure in every single one of the exciting and cleverly crafted subplots - even the one for Lydia and Wickham!

One element of this novel that really pleased me was seeing the camaraderie that existed between all the lead men and all the lead women in this story. The three colonels all knew of each other and were friends before they went to battle, but to see their reliance and support of each other strengthen during the ugly, devastating scenes of battle was heartwarming and inspiring. And they weren't the only ones establishing close-knit relationships and overcoming obstacles! Each of the three heroines in this novel were faced with their own share of trials and predicaments. Whether it was schooling themselves to be a kinder person, defiantly fighting for control of their lives, or resisting a strong temptation each of these ladies brilliantly showed us their strength and integrity. Readers will not be able to help but admire these Austen ladies!

Brimming with romance, action, and drama Jack Caldwell once again delivers a spectacularly epic Austenesque novel! And when I say epic, I mean epic! I most emphatically recommend this novel to readers who want to see a novel about the Brandons, Bingleys, Bennets, Fitzwilliams, Collins, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the Iron Duke, and Napoleon, with the Darcys in the heart of it all!

(Note: Due to one or two brief intimate scenes, I'd recommend this novel for Mature Audiences only).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sure to Delight Lovers of Austen, Romance, and Historical Fiction 29 Mar 2012
By Laura's Reviews - Published on
This book had me at its title The Three Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men. A book about Austen's beloved heroes in uniform, count me in! Then I noticed who wrote the book - Jack Caldwell. Caldwell is the author of the wonderful Pemberly Ranch. I couldn't wait to read what he had in store next for Austen's characters. Add to that a beautiful cover and I couldn't wait to read this novel.

I was not disappointed by the story, especially as a great fan of Caldwell, Austen, and historical fiction. The Three Colonels blends together the worlds of Austen's beloved novels Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. The three colonels include Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility, Colonel Fitzwilliam from Pride and Prejudice, and a new hero Colonel Buford. Military men Denny and Wickham from Pride and Prejudice also make an appearance.

Marianne and Colonel Brandon are happily married and enjoying their young daughter Joy. Colonel Buford is soon to be married to a reformed Caroline Bingley, and Colonel Fitzwilliam is discovering that love has been right in front of him all along. The romance in the novel is very enjoyable. When Napoleon escapes form Elba, the three Colonels are called to their duty and to the horrific battle of Waterloo for God and country. Will they survive and how will this battle affect their loved ones?

I loved the story in this novel and thought it was a very unique spin on Jane Austen's tale. I love historical fiction and it was intriguing reading about Napoleon and the infamous Battle of Waterloo as fought by Austen's beloved characters. I loved how so many of my favorite characters returned including Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy, the Bingleys, the Collins, etc. I also like how Caroline Bingley was given a great depth and an ability to redeem herself. Anne de Bourgh is also fleshed out and given a great depth. Napoleon is not the only villain in this novel with appearances from Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Wickham, and Willoughby. If I had to face Napoleon or Lady Catherine, I'm not sure which would be the safer route!

The only complaint I had about the novel is that there are a lot of characters with a lot of story going on. I want to learn more. How about a sequel, The Three Colonels and a Captain, with Captain Wentworth?

Overall The Three Colonels is sure to delight lovers of Austen, romance, and historical fiction. This book is another winner from Jack Caldwell.

Book Source: Review Copy from Sourcebooks. Thank-you!

This review was originally published on my blog, Laura's Reviews.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and romantic Austen spinoff. 25 Mar 2012
By Naida M. - Published on
The Three Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men was a delight to read and I could not turn the pages fast enough.

Author Jack Caldwell takes Austen's original characters and gives them his own special twist. You can easily see the author is a Janeite. This was a refreshing Austen spin off, and I know this genre is generally dominated by the ladies, so it was nice to see a guy's take on it. The author captures Austen's characters voices very well.

The story mostly centers around three couples John Buford and Caroline Bingley, Marianne Dashwood and Colonel Brandon and Anne de Bourgh and Richard Fitzwilliam.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the once sickly Anne de Bourgh from Pride & Prejudice finally find love! I enjoyed this take on her character. Her romance was newly budding and it was sweet to see how she and Richard get together. Marianne and her Colonel Brandon are too cute in this book. They have an infant daughter whom they openly lavish affection on.
Other Austen characters are weaved in and out of the storyline beautifully. Wickham is married to Kitty, and the unhappy couple is on their third child.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh is obnoxious as always and has Mr. Collins kissing her butt as usual. She still harbors her hatred of Lizzie.
Although they don't take center stage, Lizzie and Darcy are in here too.

I was surprised to see Caroline Bingley turn a new leaf in this story. She has put aside her wicked side, but unleashes it only as needed. Making Caroline nicer and forgiving is a tough sell, but it worked well, I totally bought it. Caroline is happily in love.

When Napoleon escapes his exile, the men are called off to the battlefield leaving their ladies hoping and praying for their safe return.
It's funny, the last two books I've read have been historical romances and have been set during the Napoleonic war. Napoleon has been popping up in my recent reads.

One of my favorite scenes in the book is when a certain heroine confronts someone from her past, and she tells him off. So as not to spoil it, I won't name names.

"A calming sensation flowed over her. She was not afraid of him. She knew herself; she was no longer anyone's victim."
p.257, The Three Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men

Lastly, the romantic scenes were wonderfully written and saucier than I expected. I was pleasantly surprised. I'm always up for a sweet romance and this book delivered a few different Austen couples.
"To pleasure thee is my delight."
-John speaking to Caroline on their wedding night.

All in all, a fantastic Austen spin off that I'd recommend to fans of this genre. A+++ The storyline was fun and entertaining.
Note to self, I must read Pemberley Ranch by this same author.

I recommend The Three Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men to fans of romantic historical fiction and to fans of Austen spinoffs.
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