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Disappointing for me
on 12 January 2016
The Sharpe novels are generally quite excellent and this is the author's personal favourite. Unfortunately I don't agree. Maybe it's because this is one of the very few in the series (I have read all 18 to this point, with only three to go) that is not based on an historical event, but the sense of credibility is not there for me. Neither in the battle not, for me, in the relationship with Jane. Feels like a potboiler for the TV series, not a part of the historical series.
I lived in Arcachon for almost a year and also stayed for some weeks in La Teste de Buch, so was particularly looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, the landscape also fails to impress. I do not regret reading it but could not wait for it to finish - unlike all the others. So, I'd say, don't begin here but work through from the beginning of a generally excellent series.