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I'm a 62 year old guy, so please bear with me when I say I've always loved naval stories of the Napoleonic Wars. I was brought up on Hornblower. I thought Cornwell would be almost as cool. Big disappointment. The story of a young officer who gained a battlefield commission, saved the life of a Navy captain and seduced an aristocratic lady on board (under the nose of her old husband) is preposterous. Perhaps it appeals to Disneyland sensibilities of the 1950s. The one good part of the story is the battle of Trafalgar. Nonetheless, Paul McGann does a magnificent job of narrating. So, if you're willing to suspend disbelief and listen to a fast moving story, you might like this book. But keep away if your standards are modelled on Hornblower novels.
Now finished number four in the Sharpe series and number five already loaded ready to go.
Having read or listened to many of Bernard Cornwell's books this is yet another in the same vein.........that's not meant as any criticism but appreciation for his style of writing. Not all fast paced action but still plenty of it, loads of historical details, a great fictional story line blended with factual events.
Richard Sharpe continues his adventures and instead of just jumping from India to England, makes a long sea voyage a thrilling chase ending with the predictable battle.
A very different story in this series of books than those fans of the TV series would know but the original story is so much better. The characters from the TV series were so well cast as they instantly spring to mind as the narrator takes you into Sharpe's world.
A great listen.
It's a great listen a strong bold storyline with plenty of imagery going of in your head it just makes me buy the next one going from land battles on India to sea battles to trafalgar brilliant