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This review is from: The Fort (Hardcover)
I'll get straight to the point with this review. The Fort is as well written as anything else by Cornwell, but the problem is the source material. While the book may tell the story of one of the biggest American military disasters in history, sadly it doesn't quite translate to the gripping, dramatic tales that we expect from the man who's previously set the bar with Uhtred, Arthur and Sharpe.
The writing is good, the facts may be present and correct...but sadly, not alot really happens. That's not to say that the book is boring, it's certainly not. It's interesting from the point of view of seeing how a lack of decisiveness, a breakdown in the chain of command, cowardice and general incompetence can invite disaster, but in terms of what we expect from Cornwell, it falls short.
I applaud Cornwell for doing what he does (I'm a fan of just about every book he's written), but on this occasion I think he just picked the wrong battle.