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If you're a fan of the Sharpe novels, you'll find this story eerily familiar
on 21 June 2016
In fact the storyline and characters are so close to those in Bernard Cornwell's first novel, 'Sharpe's Rifles', that he could probably sue. Successfully. There's the chisel-jawed super-warriror leading a the ragged band of Rifleman, whoops, sorry, Rangers marooned behind enemy lines. There's the teaming up with the locals on a missions that could change the war. Like Sharpe, Tanner is also an expert marksman.There's the appearance of a beautiful local lass as the obligatory love interest. The similarities are legion, to the minutest detail: Tanner even acquires his enemy's better-made boots. I could go on. And on. And on. All that's missing is a giant Irishman.
That said, it's a bit like watching an adaptation of 'Macbeth' set in a different place and period. Nothing wrong with that. It's still the same story. Still just an enjoyable. Just weird that an author should write an near-identical tale to a famous best-seller.
A lot has been said about the historical accuracy of the book's detail. So I also found it a little surprising that so many minor details were wrong. The Panzer VI (Tiger) did not come into service for another two years. The Junkers-88, so prominent in this book set in mountainous central Norway, did fly in the campaign but was restricted to a (very successful, unfortunately) maritime strike role. Again, I could go on and on...
I just hope the author did the right thing and split his royalties with Bernard Cornwell.