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- Print Length: 676 pages
- Publisher: Review (8 Jan. 2009)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755324382
- ISBN-13: 978-0755324385
- ASIN: B002TXZRLI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 99 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fire and Sword (Wellington and Napoleon 3): (Revolution 3) (The Wellington and Napoleon Quartet) Kindle Edition
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an excellent book to the backdrop of one of the most interesting points in history!
Both a hit and miss for me. Told in tandem, whilst the book followed closely the military careers of both men it was the Wellesley's life story (and in particular his relationship with Kitty) that had me totally gripped. Following his personal and political life much more closely than that of Napoleon I could have quite happily skipped the chapters regarding the Emperor of France and concentrated on his story.
An epic read of over 500 pages (and from what I can remember the two previous novels were of similar length). Because of the very nature of the book at times it did verge on reading like a text book and yet at others felt almost like I was reading the plot of a film/tv series.
Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
Away from military campaigning, the sections on Napoleon remain the more interesting (and has done throughout the eries for me). We have Napoleon growing increasingly megalomaniac, broaching no opposition and seeing himself as invincible, a man destined for greatness. He also seems at time deluded, hell-bent on war at any cost, just to further his own ambitions, for which France and his family are merely tools. As a result much of Europe and some sections in France, are determined to thwart him. His personal life is also interesting, his affair with Countess Walewska, the barrenness of his wife Josephine and the growing need for an heir to the throne.
As for Arthur Wellesley, this is where the book slows down a bit. Of course Scarrow has to stick to history and at this time Wellesley's life was rather hum-drum - his family was in the political wilderness due to possible irregularities of his brother in India, his military prospects were dictated by promotion by seniority rather than meritocracy, Parliamentary factions and the Treaty of Cintra cast a shadow over Wellesley's victory at Vimeiro. The troubled marriage between Wellesley and Kitty (whom he felt honour-bound to marry) is slow reading but is necessary as it was an important part of his life. It is not until when Wellesley it put in command of the Peninsular Campaign that his life has any real purpose - for the defeat of France.
In summary excellent and recommended.
Meanwhile, Arthur Wellesley is a successful military tactician and proving himself as astute a politician as well. His marriage to Kitty is less fruitful and by means of escaping he longs for the army's campaign in Europe. Glory for the army in Portugal and Arthur is now in command of the army in a series of successful battles in Spain and he receives public acclaim.
There are a lot of things I really enjoy about this series of books and a couple of them are that the reader can almost feel the intensity of the writing on the page as it describes the battles and the emotions of the central characters. Also, the writing is such that you can almost taste the the musket smoke as they're fired by the troops. There's also plenty of passion and bags of excitement as the reader is literally transported back 200 years.
Simon Scarrow has proved himself to be a very fine writer of historical fiction. His research and know-how is second to none and comparisons with Bernard Cornwell and Patrick O'Brien are surely worthy for this exceptional writer. I'm looking forward to book 4 now.
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