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5.0 out of 5 stars "Tom Pocock is a first-rate storyteller", 11 Dec. 2007
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The above is taken from the dust-wrapper of this book and in turn is a quotation from the 'Evening Standard'. It generally applies to all of this author's books and is particularly true about this one. The book deals with the aftermath of the battle of Trafalgar mainly as it was played out in the Mediterranean and up to the time of Napoleon's final incarceration. The historical tale is woven around a host of interesting characters, Captain (Sir) William Hoste, the flamboyant Sir Sidney Smith, the equally flamboyant Joachim Murat (Marshal, Prince, King!), the heroic Andreas Hofer and a cast of (un-named) thousands. With the possible exception of Lt-Gen Sir John Moore the army leaders do not shine quite so brightly as their naval counterparts but some of them did pretty well. I don't suppose we are any less brave nowadays than these people, I am sure our politicians are less astute and I am certain on this evidence we are drabber. The story itself is very interesting especially if you wondered "what happened next" and it is woven round the antics of these most colourful people. There is sea and land action a-plenty and the political and amorous shenanigans take over when the fighting flags which all serves to keep the narrative moving. There were of course a multitude of other things going on at the same time like Napoleon's little excursion into Russia and the Battle of Waterloo which more or less brought it all to an end but you will know all about that already. I would be surprised if this book doesn't whet your appetite for further reading on the subject. Tom Pocock has written a couple.
I think it's worth repeating: "Tom Pocock is a first-rate story teller." There is something about the way he writes that makes you realise that he is describing real people who may have lived to different rules to us but laughed and cried and hurt and loved exactly as we do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Pocock will take you there!, 9 April 2006
His style of writing creates an excellent history of the Mediterranean theatre of war in Napoleons time. If this period is an interest of yours you won't be dissapointed I'm quite sure. Coudn't find enough time in the day to read it!
Warning it will lead you into other interesting areas for further reading. Cpt William Hoste for a start, Napoleon in Egypt another, definately the Peninsular war, Napoli etc - Is life long enough I wonder? Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, readable account of the Napoleonic War in the Mediterranean, 27 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Stopping Napoleon: War and Intrigue in the Mediterranean (Kindle Edition)
Stopping Napoleon: War and Intrigue in the Mediterranean - Tom Pocock Kindle Edition

Tom Pococks account of the British minor campaigns amongst the islands and coastlines of the Mediterranean during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars is not just a history of the battles, amphibious landings and raids of this much overlooked theatre of the war but is a cracking good read, entertaining and enthralling as a novel.

I have reread this book several times over the years and am delighted now have it to hand in my Kindle library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid stuff, 13 Sept. 2012
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A well written and interesting account of the Mediterranean campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars, although more a conventional military history than the subtitle suggests. There's not a whole lot of intrigue. Note also that the book starts at Nelson's funeral, so there's nothing about the Egyptian campaign.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Oct. 2014
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A good telling of a bit of history I knew little about.
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