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A Great series,
This review is from: Send Me Safely Back Again (Napoleonic War) (Hardcover)
I don't think anyone can ever accuse Adrian Goldsworthy of getting his facts wrong, it would take a brave man to even attempt it. Why? Who is Adrian Goldsworthy? (from Author Bio)
Adrian Keith Goldsworthy is a British historian and author who specialises in ancient Roman history. Goldsworthy attended Westbourne School, Penarth. After studying ancient and modern history at St John's College, Oxford, he completed a D.Phil in ancient military history from Oxford University in 1994, and then used his dissertation as the foundation of his first book, The Roman Army at War 100 BC - AD 200. Goldsworthy was a Junior Research Fellow at Cardiff University for two years, and he has taught briefly at King's College London and was an assistant professor on the University of Notre Dame's London programme for six years.
What i have seen written is that the story can be slow or tired, or overly picky on detail. I personally don't get that. I have enjoyed all three books in this series so far. I really enjoy the likable realistic characters, the camaraderie and the pace of the plot. Put all of this in a time period made mainstream by and dramatic by the fantastic Bernard Cornwell and for me you have a winner of a series. (do not read if you intend to just compare to Sharpe, its not sharpe, its its own series and in its own way as fun action packed and can stand with its head held high.
So come follow Hanley again as he takes a turn in a different war a dirtier war.
Highly recommend this series
The third novel in the series sees new challenges for the men of the 106th Foot, as the British army attempts to recover from the disaster of Corunna and establish a foothold in the Peninsula. Featuring the battles of Medellin and Talavera, the 106th will have their mettle severely tested on the battlefield. But if Napoleon is to be ejected from Spain, war must also be waged in more covert ways. For Hanley, the former artist who is a more natural observer than fighter, the opportunity to become an 'exploring officer' leads him into even more dangerous territory, the murky world of politics and partisans. And while Ensign Williams seeks to uncover the identity of the mysterious 'Heroine of Saragossa', a conspiracy of revenge within the regiment itself threatens to destroy him before he's even faced a shot from the French.