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Since I was a child I have read everything I could find about Lord Wellington and Napoleon. I must admit that when I was younger it was Napoleon I read the most about. I was so happy when I came across Simon Scarrow’s series called Wellington and Napoleon. This is the second book in his historical fiction series.
The book begins in 1796. Arthur Wellesley (Lord Wellington) has been sent to India as Commander of the 33rd Regiment of Foot. Wellesley displays his skill and bravery that launches his movement up the ranks. Another excellent historical fiction series about Wellesley in India and fighting Napoleon in Europe is “Sharp” by Bernard Cornwell.
Scarrow opens the first section on Napoleon with his saving the seat of government from rebelling Royalist. Then they appoint Napoleon as Commander of the Army in Italy and then the Army of Egypt. He then returns to France to begin his rise to power. The sections alternate between the two men.
The book is well written and meticulously researched. Scarrow blends and weaves his story into the history of the two men and brings history to life. Scarrow writes excellent a battle scene that makes me feel as if I am right in the middle of the battle. There is so much written about both men but it is a delight to read this historical novel. If you are interested in either or both men and the Napoleonic War, this is a book for you. This is a fairly long book at about 21 hours.
Jonathan Keeble does a good job narrating the book. Keeble is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. Keeble narrating this first book in the series.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
so far having listened to youngbloods and the generals they are a good book jonathan keeble has done a good job of reading these bringing characters to life via words will need the next book to continue .
I was long overdue in returning to this series but well . . . too many books too little time! It's excellent and this second helping of The Generals is possibly even better than the first. I love the way that the two storylines are interspersed and at how thoroughly different the two characters are.
Of course what's just as fascinating given the different cloths these two were cut from is the similarities between them and Scarrow brings this to life in fine detail without ever bogging his story down. They were both great innovators and in an age where custom and tradition often over-ruled common sense they were both capable of thinking a long way out of the box. They saw crucial details that others didn't even realise were there and worked through them. Neither of them allowed petty obstacles to deny them or their men what they needed though in dealing with harsh terrain perhaps Arthur's considered invention scores him an early point against Napoleon's bluff refusal to consider it a problem!
Jonathan Keeble. He is an invaluable aide to the imagination. One of my favourite narrators of all-time and this is just the kind of magnificent performance I have come to expect of him.
So, halfway through and I can only commend this heartily as a particularly fine and well-thought out example of the genre.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
Simon Scarrow has always impressed me with his writing style and I've read all of the Under the eagle series, this is yet another winner. Jonathon Keebles narration is outstanding and he brings any book to life.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Jonathan Keeble is simply fantastic, no cringe worthy accents and perfect metre. Truly immersive historical fiction.
A brilliant series depicting a fascinating point in history so vividly captured by Simon Scarrow!