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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2014
An interesting and enjoyable read in the Flashman style, exploring some of the unsavoury bits of Victoria's empire. Likeable, mostly believable, characters and a rollicking plot kept me reading and I would eagerly read this author's work again. However, it would benefit from a good editor to sort out issues such as the confusing timelines of some key events and a couple of plot devices that stretch credibility; without these I would have given it 4 stars. Also, as it's based on true events, I'd have appreciated a footnote or preface detailing the real historical facts behind the tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2014
Good but not quite great, ok start, decent build up hurried ending, but good potential, hopefully there will be a follow-up
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2014
Excellent read, colourful and laced with historical detail. The scrapes and escapes of Harry Flashman with the heroics of Richard Sharpe. I hope for a second installment soon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2014
I mostly enjoyed this book and would recommend it as a light holiday read. It was fast paced and switched from South Africa to India easily enough, but I'd have liked some more detail.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2014
A good read, well written and it maintains a good pace throughout, with limited historical knowledge on this period, it would appear to have been well researched too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2013
An interesting and fast moving story about the former colonial Army. I would like to see any similar books, maybe by the same author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2014
Having read a number of books related to the period
the story covered, l enjoyed the historical background
to the adventure. Moreover, I found the main characters
to be most interesting and funny. This is a great read
that all readers of historical fiction should take the
opportunity to enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2014
As previous reviewers have said, a very enjoyable read which is enhanced by the very authentic sounding soldiers dialogue and an eye for military detail.
Geoff Rouse has the mix just right. I finished this quickly and immediately bought others by him, all of the same high standard and a treat to read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2014
I am surprised at the other reviews of this book. To me it was extremely badly written, and seemed to have lacked a decent edit. The pace varies from the initial frantic to turgid while shipbound. The time in Lahore is very confusing with no clear indication of the passage of time.
As an example, the disappearance of the two white girls was known in Natal for what must have been weeks after the event, but nothing further happened to them until the last day, which must have been months later. Also the final arrival of Chelmsford is not clearly explained but just a convenient way of getting heroes out of a mess.
Sadly totally unbelievable and not in the same league as the Flashman books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2014
Enjoyable read, hope there are more Captain Carew books in the future. There are a several stories within the book that all connect so kept me guessing
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