Young bloods gives you a view of how Wellington and Napoleon grew up, what events influenced and molded them into the 2 of the greatest generals of our time.
The story begins with the 2 protagonists at a very young age simply being young children, even though they live worlds apart some very similar events cause them to settle onto a collision course at Waterloo. We all know what happens at that fateful meeting, but very few of know how they got there, the horror and heartrending decisions that they made/had imposed upon them to create the cool calculation generals that history remembers.
Simon weaves the story masterly, taking you from rural Corsica to central London/Ireland with ease and you never find yourself thinking how did I end up here. You really get a sense of watching the events unfold in front of you and you root for them equally, wiling them on to succeed, and feeling the emotions well up when things go wrong.
For readers of Simon's Eagle series, this is a different look at a different era, and shows us that the author can cross the classes and the centuries with ease. Everyone has read the excellent Sharpe books from Bernard Cornwell, because this is set in the same time line, you'll recognise many locations and events over the series that will remind you of the Sharpe books particularly the early ones from India and the siege of Seringapatum and onto waterloo, over the series.
Young Bloods is the first in series of 4 books, and knowing what i know of the exploits of these 2 generals we've got plenty of great reading ahead of us from a master story teller. Highly Recommnended!!
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