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True Soldier Gentlemen (Napoleonic Wars Book 1)

True Soldier Gentlemen (Napoleonic Wars Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Goldsworthy
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 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"

Book Description

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.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K1EJ52
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 28 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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4 of 4 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.
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10 of 11 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written opener 24 Mar 2013
By Graham
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Not having read any of the authors work, I had reservations about ordering this, but I shouldn't have worried. Any fan of Bernard Cornwell, et al will find this opener of Goldworthy's Peninsula war books an entertaining read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 13 Feb 2013
By Jeremy
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I found this and the following books to be extremely entertaining and gave a great view of the wars. A brilliant alternative to Sharpe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch out sharpie 9 Oct 2012
By Rigman
Only half way throught this book but it is shaping up nicely. Characters starting to flesh out. Slow start but helping it to add body and depth with out the more Gung-Ho approach of sharp. That said if its Gung-Ho side can match Sharpe this could be a welcomed addition to books of this period.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this period book.
Published 5 days ago by wolfguard
5.0 out of 5 stars Bless you Mr Goldsworthy xxx This isn't my comfortable genre but you...
Bless you Mr Goldsworthy xxx
This isn't my comfortable genre but you have made your characters important enough for me to follow this series and ensure my library have copies... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eve Barratt
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy
Very slow and extremely pedantic. Took ages for the story to develop and the narration is very stiff. Didn't enjoy it at all and just couldn't finish it.
Published 2 months ago by lovereading
4.0 out of 5 stars True Soldier Gentlemen
Good story took a little while to get going but build up into a really good book. Looking forward to be next one in this series about the Peninsular War
Published 3 months ago by KenB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Book will follow the series
Published 4 months ago by Andrew Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good read
Published 4 months ago by Peter Barton
3.0 out of 5 stars True soldier gentlemen
A bit slow to begin, taking a long time to introduce the characters. I can only hope that the next book in the series will have more action. No where near as good as Sharpe.
Published 4 months ago by Ceirion Parry
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid introduction to theseries
Good detail and explanation giving unusual insight into the doings of young men striving to better themselves from a pooe
Published 5 months ago by andrew miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable
I like the characters described in the story. They are all very credible. An enjoyable read at bedtime and I look forward to the sequels
Published 6 months ago by Mr Rupert A Wiles
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first in series
I love finding the first in a new series that is promising. This is one. It isn't perfect, a few dull bits, creating the necessary backdrop, but otherwise it is a good read and I... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dannunder
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