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The Last Cavalier: Being the Adventures of Count S&hellip by Alexandre Dumas
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2.0 out of 5 stars This is not a novel!, 17 Feb 2014
There are glimmers in this book of the Count of Monte Christo and, to a lesser extent, of the Musketeers novels. There are parts that race along and are genuinely exciting, but the (far, far too many) pages published were never intended as a novel without severe pruning and editing.

Added to this is the fact that the novel/serial was never finished and could have gone on to rival the length of the unabridged version of Les Miserables! I never read the ending first, so the unfinished aspect wasn't apparent until it was too late. An ending to an episode has been supplied by Claude Schopp - frankly (for me) he needn't have bothered.

I actually feel a little sad that this… Read more
The King's Henchman: Henry Jermyn, Stuart Spymaste&hellip by Anthony Adolph
I really am at a loss as to how an author can take the life of a truly interesting man, in a fascinating period of history, with major shifts in political and social power - and turn out a book like this. I realise that it is the work of 20+ years, but the output in no way matches the input!

So lacking is this book that I skim read the last 100 pages. (I literally could not face the pain - or, frankly, boredom - of reading every last word).

So what is wrong with it:

1) Guesswork - there will always be rumours about famous people and their spouses. I feel that AA really needed to show me the proof that Charles II was a Jermyn and not a Stuart. Pictures of the… Read more
The Four Days' Battle of 1666: The Greatest Sea Fi&hellip by Frank L. Fox
This is a great book showing a considerable amount of research and knowledge.

The Four Days Battle is, at best, normally a footnote in books concerning Restoration history. Frank L fox shines a very clear light on a glorious - perhaps unnecessary - action in the early years of Charles II's reign. The description of the battle rivals O'Brien, Kent & Co - the only difference being that these were real men who took sensational, and almost unbelievable, risks.

The book traces the history of the Second Anglo Dutch War (in particular) to give the Four Days Battle its proper context. With Appendices giving the full details of participants (i.e. ships and captains) and the… Read more

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