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Bonaparte's Warriors (Alain Lausard Adventures) Paperback – 3 Jan 2002

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (3 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751529486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751529487
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The action is...excellent. Combat is something Howard is very good at. He presents an exciting and realistic view of the brutal business. His research is also exceptional...Overall a highly entertaining read. (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW)

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* In the tradition of Bernard Cornwell's bestselling Sharpe series.

* The fourth novel in this powerful and vivid account of the Napoleonic campaigns - impeccably researched.

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Bonaparte's Warriors is the fourth book in the "Bonaparte" series, the previous volumes being Bonaparte's Sons, set in the Italian Campaign, Bonaparte's Invaders, taking place during the Egyptian Campaign, and Bonaparte's Conquerors, in the Marengo campaign. Each of these chronicles the adventures of Alain Lausard, a sergeant in the French dragoons. In a conscious reversal of the formula followed in Bernard Cornwell's "Sharpe" series, Lausard is a former aristocrat who had turned thief in order to survive the ravages of the Revolution. "Dragooned" out of prison with a rag-tag group of fellow inmates-thieves, murderers and rapists-Lausard and company are trained as cavalrymen and sent to reinforce Napoleon's army in Italy. Lausard's squadron includes a motley gang of former prisoners and outcasts: Bonet, the former schoolteacher; Giresse, the horse thief and ladies man; Delacor, the rapist; Roussard, the forger; Rostov, the Russian; Karim, the former Mameluke slave; the religious fanatic, Moreau; and others. This cast of characters has remained fairly constant throughout the series.
Bonaparte's Warriors opens with the dragoons enjoying an uneasy peace and Lausard chafing from inactivity in the camp at Boulogne. He and his hard-bitten band of former prisoners are given, by Napoleon himself, a special assignment: penetrate neutral territory and kidnap the ci-devant Bourbon prince, the duc d'Enghien. Completing their task our merry band of what Wellington would have called the "scum of the earth" kick their heels in Paris until war inevitably breaks out. Lausard and the French army march against Austria and Russia and the book culminates with the battle of Austerlitz.
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The Bonaparte series by Richard Howard has been brilliant and this is his best Novel yet. Set against the back drop of Napoleon being crowned Emperor and his triumpph at Austrelitz it delves more in to Lausards past than the prevoius novels and shows how only through fighting he can regain some Honour he thought he lost at the death of his parents. The story and battle scens are well told and the Author has a brilliant eye for detail.
A couple of things that are missing from the book are
1)A Villian Lausard could do with a good opponent the other books as well as this one were lacking in them.
2)In the french army it was quite common to rise from the ranks Lausard really should be an pofficer after most of the things he has peformed.
3)The entire squadron always seems to miracuasly survive. And in war this would not happen he should kill off one or two charachters to help add tension in the novel.
Overall though this a well written book and I cannot wait for the next one in the series. Note to Bernard Cornwell watch out your mastership of Historical fiction is being challenged.
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Enjoyable book to read albeit the repeat phrases of certain characters is slightly irritating - overall worth reading and worth buying
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