Friday, 13 January 2012

The Generals, Simon Scarrow

Publishers: Headline Review

Pages: 626 (Paperback 2008)

Main Characters:

Napoleon Bonaparte, Arthur Wellesley

The Generals, is the second book of Simon Scarrow’s Revolution Quartet. Based between the years 1799 and 1804, the book follows the life of two of history’s greatest Generals, Napoleon Bonaparte and Arthur Wellesley (future Duke of Wellington). The novel follows the development of the two men’s early military careers. It follows Napoleon through his campaign in Italy to his glorious invasion of Egypt as he fights off foes both at home and abroad. It follows Arthur half way across the world to India where he tries to expand British rule and influence in the subcontinent. Which sees him take on his first independent military command.
This was a good read. It took a lot longer for me to read this book than it usually does but that is because I read it over Christmas and New Year so I couldn’t read it as often as I would have liked. However it was still a good read building up the story started in Scarrow’s first book Young Bloods. Like Young Bloods, the detail in this book is brilliant really creating an atmosphere when describing the battles, making you feel like you are in the middle of one, trying to dodge lead bullets and round shot! The stories of the two young commanders is also gripping making you want to read on because these events really happened.
I would suggest this book to any Simon Scarrow fan or anyone interested in the Napoleonic Period and Wars. I would also suggest it to any fans of the Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell as they are both set in the same time period.
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