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Soldier of Fortune
Europe is in the grip of the coldest winter for a century. Mutiny and desertions rattle the French army leaving Louis X1V to search for peace on almost any terms. Captain Daniel Rawson acts as an interpreter at the negotiations in The Hague, feeling acute frustration when the talks collapse. While the resumption of war looms c While the resumption of war looms close at hand again, Daniel is given a personal mission by Marlborough himself which takes him deep behind enemy lines.
If he survives, the Battle of Malplaquet, the bloodiest yet, awaits him Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Very Murdering Battle , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about A Very Murdering Battle.
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Constantly repeating the same back stories, long tale of a missing tapestry so final huge battle is rushed in the last few pages, another weird stalker for Amalia Nov 21, Stephen Coleman rated it it was ok Shelves: I enjoyed this novel but sadly each one in this series seemed to gradually become more about love relations rather than focused on the battle. I had the growing feeling that the whole series could have been completed in 3 books but were artificially extended to meet the publishers need for 5 books.
This series is just garbage, I'm glad I've got to the end of the five I bought.
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Lazy writing from an experienced author. Apr 17, Dex rated it it was ok Shelves: Many elements of the whole Captain Rawson series disappoint me. They say you ought not to judge books by their covers. For a series set during the War of the Spanish Succession you may be forgiven for wondering why the cover features uniformed soldiers from the Napoleonic period. On the whole it's a fairly linear two-dimensional plot with very little sense of the universe beyond the worlds of the main characters.
Sharpe quality adventure this is not.
There is very little evidence of any real his Many elements of the whole Captain Rawson series disappoint me. There is very little evidence of any real historical research of the type that would give you a true feel for the period. For example, when encountered French soldiers are described multiple times as wearing blue coats.
Prior to the French Revolution and this series is set several decades prior to that revolution gray-white was the primary colour for French uniforms. There are also several references to Captain Rawson leading a battalion. A captain commands a company not a battalion. Niggles like this may seem minor but they serve to undermine the suspension of disbelief so critical to good story telling. Language is also a factor in that.
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In one scene we have our eponymous hero setting fire to a waste-paper basket to cover an escape. Waste-paper baskets enter the vocabulary in the Victorian period. During the time this book was set paper was still a fairly valuable commodity; waste not, want not! All in all the five books in the series give one the impression that they are very much a hack job.
Someone has seen the market for military fiction and has sought a slice of that action. I really think the original intention was to set the series in the Napoleonic era but, for whatever reason, a last minute switch was made to the army of Malborough. Setting the historical inaccuracies aside for a moment, there is a certain degree of action and adventure in the books. It's very easy reading with the kind of vocabulary that makes me wonder if it was written for the teenage market.
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Every character is a stereotype and every scene a pastiche. Capitan Daniel Rawson is a soldier, spy, linguist and ladies' man. Soldier of Fortune By: Add to basket failed.
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