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... of the Dennis Wheatley books - Wheatley is a wonderful story teller and his books are something that are ...
on 27 July 2014
I bought myself a kindle especially to download all of the Dennis Wheatley books - Wheatley is a wonderful story teller and his books are something that are just so enjoyable to re-read, time and time again - a rare thing. I first read The Launching of Roger Brook when I was a very young man and followed it up with all of the Roger Brook series of books by Dennis Wheatley. At the time of reading I was totally absorbed in these novels - I've now read thousands of books, but the Roger Brook series of books draw me back time and time again and are still my absolute favourites. The stories follow the life of Roger Brook from the time he left school, through a number of amazing adventures working for the English government as a double agent. As fluent French speaker he was able to penetrate the French hierarchy under Napoleon Bonaparte, where as Chevalier de Breuc he became an aide-de-camp to Napoleon and was able to feedback incredibly valuable information to the government of England led by William Pitt the younger.
The Roger Brook series of twelve novels covers events leading up to the French Revolution as well as the Revolution itself and fall of Napoleon, life after the revolution and many other events of the time - it is acclaimed for its historical accuracy. The books take the reader back in time - they transport you to the French revolution, the grand court of Napoleon and many other fascinating aspects of those times. The novels bring everything to life and give the reader an insight into a fascinating era of history - reading these books is a simply wonderful experience.
Wheatley had been a member of Churchill's Joint Planning Staff during WW2, a period during which he accumulated a wealth of knowledge relating to war and politics. He was unable to use the actual information from the war due to the Official Secrets Act, so having an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of Napoleonic times, which he'd researched extensively, he decided to carry out even more in-depth research and incorporate this knowledge into the Roger Brook series of novels. Wheatley wrote many books during his lifetime, but his pièce de résistance was the final book in the Roger Brook series, Desperate Measures - this novel brought things together and was a fitting end to probably the best series of books ever written - having written this novel he decided to retire from writing, leaving behind a superb heritage. I wish it was possible to give more than 5 stars - this novel and the whole series deserves more! I hope that many more people will enjoy these books now that they are available on the Kindle...