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4.0 out of 5 stars OK in fits and starts, 11 Feb. 2009
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This review is from: Fire and Sword (Wellington and Napoleon 3) (Revolution) (Hardcover)
I felt this series started fairly well and then improved hugely with Book 2. Sadly, I feel this one is a slight blip ahead of what I'm confident will be a barnstormer to finish. There's a lot of politics here, inevitably I suppose, both in Britain and France and I'm afraid I tended to lose interest in Napoloeon's long slog in Austria. Whether it's me, or Scarrow, or both [?] but I felt he was much better when dealing with Sir Arthur. However, one thing the book achieved was to make me dislike both leaders who come across [probably rightly] as avid warmongers when the common people of both Britain and France were crying out for peace. Scarrow's research throughout is excellent but it's important to realise that this series is non-fiction. He's tried fairly successfully to make it read as a novel but there can be no getting away from the facts, given what he's set out to do. There is no Sharpe here, who can do more or less what he likes within broad historical parameters. Wellesley can't do that, any more than Napoleon. Book 4 will clearly be about the Peninsula and as such I look forward to it very much. Those who've read Sharpe will be at home! One more thing - the cover. It mentions that the book is about Wellington [sic] and Napoleon's attempt to dominate Europe. Then adds the idiotic question 'Who will win?'. And anyway, he won't be 'Wellington' until Book 4. It's the publishers' fault but I'm surprised Scarrow allowed it.
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