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True Soldier Gentlemen

True Soldier Gentlemen [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Goldsworthy
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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"Take a distinguished historian, a long and bloody war against an apparently invincible enemy, and you have a good recipe for what promises to be a classic series." --"Good Book Guide"

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A brilliant new Napoleonic military fiction series from one of the UK's brightest young historians.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 730 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (27 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K1EJ52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Liked it 11 Jun 2011
At first I was sceptical, I have heard that Adrian Goldsworthy can be a bit dry and too mired in the detail. After a couple of chapters I was wondering if they were talking about a different chap?

Not that the book lacks detail, just that its so well written flows so well, that the detail does not drag you down. Much as he may hate the comparison, this for me was like a Sharpe prequel, and I very much enjoyed it, even though it probably meandered along for about 50% of the book, but while meandering it introduced you to each character and the characters are compelling and draw you in, you give them that emotional connection that immerses you fully in the story. Then the latter 50% the run in at the end was truly excellent almost breathless in its finish.

If I had to criticise one major plot line it would be the inclusion of the Russian angle, I felt it was not needed, enough could have been written and in such a way that this side plot was not fact this made it even more Sharpe like...again not a bad comparison to have, but surely he is looking to stand alone not follow in steps already taken? (but thats a purely personal opinion, and not a detraction from an excellent book) I look forward to book 2, because despite the Russian angle this was an fantastic read, well written, well laid out and absorbing from start to finish. (Parm)

Description: (from back of Book)
The year is 1808, and Hamish Williams is a 'gentlemen volunteer' in the 106th regiment of foot, a man serving with the ranks but living with the officers, and uncomfortable in both worlds: looked down on by those with the money or influence to buy their rank, and distrusted by the common soldiers who know he is not one of them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite. 16 Jan 2012
By J. N. Bullock VINE VOICE
To be fair it does say on the back cover Jane Austen meets Bernard Cornwall but lot of fans of Bernard Cornwall's Sharp series who may be attracted to this novel will alas be disappointed.

The story of 4 aspiring young officers of the fictional 106th Regiment of Foot at the start of the Peninsular War is for the most part dull. The younger characters are wooden, lacking depth and are to use a phrase "as thick as two short planks". The story rambles and has several very improbable turns such as a sub plot dealing with a group of Russians who are almost like special forces.

The writing style is much more Austen than Cornwall and there were several areas when I was just bored with the whole thing. The history has been quite well researched however and that made it a little more interesting for a keen Napoleonic fan but all in all this book promised much but delivered little.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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There has been much debate for and against on the narrative of this Adrian Goldsworthy's first foray into the Napoleonic wars, and so there should be. For myself as a Napoleonic historian and ex soldier I fully concur with the reviewers who are for.

In the first place Goldsworthy's descriptive powers of the life and times of British soldiers (officers and other ranks) serving in a line regiment in Napoleonic Spain, are for me, far more realistic than that of say the Sharpe series, where Bernard Cornwell depicts officers as total buffoons (as one reviewer rightly puts it). If this was the case then how on earth did the British defeat time after time (for the most part), the veteran French corps, and victors of countless European battle fields. Also the actions of the officers and men in the engagements that take place, are more rationally portrayed,(to my mind).

The authors characterization of the interaction between officers and men is thoroughly believable, as can be attested by the many memoirs (from officers and men) published just after the Napoleonic wars.

I am particularly pleased with the way in which Goldsworthy illustrates the inaction between engagements, (which is for the soldier the much greater part of his military career), he describes in great detail the every day to day running of a platoon, company and battalion, logistically and militarily, with dry humour and engaging subplots, combined with a thorough working knowledge and a great perception of the times.

When the Battle/engagements take place, the authors grasp of Napoleonic tactics (both British and French) is to be commended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History and Fiction combine really well 8 Dec 2013
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All four books in the series are written by someone who obviously knows their history and the information about the British Napoleonic army.

Goldsworthy also has the skill to develop stories within the historical framework, about characters who are believable and situations that spring out of the main historical situations the army found itself in.

Very readable, with great characters (a great "Band of Brothers") and interest is maintained throughout. One not only gets a good story, but an interesting background to the period. this is delivered in such a style that it doesn't detract from the story. Newcomers to the period will get a good introduction to events during the Napoleonic wars.

All 4 books in the series are highly recommended by me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoyed following Richard Shape in the Peninsula...
...then the likelyhood is that you will enjoy these books too. I was not aware of the status of 'Gentleman Ranker' before I started reading this series. Read more
Published 28 days ago by James Bilsland
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good yarn
Always enjoy these books from this author based around a fertile piece of history. Great characters and plot. Look forward to the next one
Published 5 months ago by Stuart Young
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter dross.
A pale imitation of a Sharpe novel. Very little plot stretched too thinly across far too many pages. Leave well alone.
Published 8 months ago by Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars True Soldier Gentlemen
Inevitably I am bench marking this book against similar novels from the same era. Bernard Cornwell, Patrick O Brien, Julian Stockwin etc. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. A. Botham
1.0 out of 5 stars David Review
This is rubbish. Nice idea but the execution is very slow and the characters irritating. Don't waste your money!

Published 11 months ago by David R Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written opener
Not having read any of the authors work, I had reservations about ordering this, but I shouldn't have worried. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Graham
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish it
I was very bored by this. Very dry. I am a big fan of Cornwell's Sharpe. Whilst the Sharpe series may be less serious but this was very boring
Published 13 months ago by Martin Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I found this and the following books to be extremely entertaining and gave a great view of the wars. A brilliant alternative to Sharpe.
Published 14 months ago by Jeremy
3.0 out of 5 stars True?
Picked up towards the end but a bit of a drab read!
Ok if you have nothing else to read not a patch on Sharpe!
Published 15 months ago by Mr Alan R Proudler
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull
I am a big fan of military type novels and have also read some of the author's historical works (which were good).

I have abandoned this. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Jackson
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