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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 18 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Headline Digital
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 9 May 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CPGQV32
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The Scarlet Thief Audio Download – Unabridged
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The battle scenes are relentless, with blood, mud and entrails splashed over the pages, as the troops are scythed down by rifle and cannon fire.
Paul Fraser Collard does not shy away from the horrors of warfare, and the details that pepper the storytelling give the novel an real sense of authenticity.
At the core of the story is Jack Lark's quest for acceptance in a world that has little to offer one such as he -- a low class lad from the slums of London. Lark is ingenious, daring and loyal to his friends and you cannot help rooting for him.
The first in a series, THE SCARLET THIEF, is an easy 5 stars.
I am looking forward to reading more of Jack's exploits as he travels the great British Empire of the nineteenth century. I am sure of one thing, where Jack Lark goes, adventure will be sure to follow.
The world sends a strange thrill through you, doesn't it? Especially if you're English, I suppose. Makes you want to start singing 'Rule Britannia'. And the redcoat era of the British army covers some pretty momentous times. The Jacobite rebellion in the 1740s? The war of American Independence in the 1770s? The Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century? The Raj? The Zulu wars? And then there was the Crimean. Funny thing is that few people if you ask them in the street will be able to tell you much about that war. They might remember that Florence Nightingale served in Scutari. They might know names like Raglan, Lucan and Balaclava? Few will know anything and it's possible that it would hardly be remembered at all but for Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade. It's an odd period for most of us as it's still carrying the feel of the Napoleonic era but the army more resembles the defenders of Rorke's Drift.
Not for me. Strange, really, but I reckon the number of people who will even have heard of the battle of the Alma before reading this book will be surprisingly small. And yet as a kid our family often went to a pub by the river that was called The Alma and it had a profound effect on me. You see every pub sign seems to be a coloured animal or some craftsman. The pub sign at the Alma showed redcoats crossing the river in the face of the Russian hordes. It was a stirring thing to see on regular occasions and it coloured my image of the Crimea from a young age.
On to the tale. This debut offering from Paul Fraser Collard is the first tome in the Jack Lark series.Read more ›
Firstly, Sharpe cannot hide his true character and that is a source of friction with his fellow officers and I find that utterly believable. Jack Lark, however, seems to have little difficulty in carrying off his charade and it requires a bit of suspension of belief to accept that all of the officers are quite so stupid.
My second, and more glaring, grumble about the character is that he is a rough and tough 'Jack the lad', grown up on the hard streets of London and steeped in violence. Yet, when persecuted by a much stronger and brutal soldier, to the point where Sergeant Slater is bent on murdering our hero, Jack Lark apparently never even considers just killing his oppressor. When Lark has Slater at his mercy, in the chaos of battle and after only just surviving one of Slater's attacks, he states that he just can't murder a fellow soldier. Really?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply brilliant, another classic in the making here. from a great new author.Published 1 month ago by David Phillips
Mr Paul Fraser Collard is responsible for many a sleepless night due to my inability to put this book down. A thoroughly enjoyable read.Published 1 month ago by Ron
Great concept. It's not enough that Jack Lark has to avoid dying in battle, or making a stupid mistake that exposes his lack of experience, he also has to avoid his past catching... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carl Allery
The great thing about Jack Lark is that he could potentially go anywhere there's a conflict in the mid nineteenth century. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David W. Slater
Excellent read that doesn't take long to get you engrossed. It contains some unexpected twists which keeps you entertained till the last word. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr B.