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The start of a great new series
on 28 March 2006
This is a cracking good yarn! Simon Scarrow has taken the known facts about the boyhood and early careers of Wellington and Napoleon and woven a fascinating pair of stories around them. He moves from one to the other and back again in a skilful way, making the reader want to know what comes next but still be happy to catch up with the other man's progress at the same period of his life. He makes both of them come alive for readers, and puts them in their respective settings so we can understand the attitudes to other people - soldiers, commoners and aristocrats - that they showed later in life. He captures the general thinking of the period very well, on both sides of the Channel and in Corsica, to show the influences around both young men and gives us some great action set-pieces to enjoy as well. I can hardly wait for the next book in this series. Highly recommended!