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Posted February 28, 2013
James Mace in his new book, “Forlorn Hope: The Storming of Badajoz” Book One in the Captain James Henry Webster series published by Legionary Books takes us into the life of Captain James Henry Webster.
From the Preface: In the spring of 1812, the British army under Sir Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Wellington, has driven the French from Portugal. With Napoleon obsessed by the invasion of Russia, Wellington turns toward Spain. The way is barred by two fortresses, Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz. When Ciudad Rodrigo collapses after a short siege, Wellington prepares to break the fortress of Badajoz, the most formidable stronghold in Europe and commanded by the seasoned warrior, Baron Armand Philippon. Despite a shortage of engineers and equipment, Wellington must seize Badajoz if he is to have any chance of driving into Spain. When he learns that an army under Marshal Soult is en route to relieve Badajoz, Wellington risks being caught between Soult and Philippon and must execute the attack on Badajoz immediately. If he fails, the British will be trapped between two armies and lose everything for which they and their allies have fought for the past three years.
Lieutenant James Webster is in mourning following the loss of his wife, and he volunteers to command the small group that will lead the assault. Second in command is Sergeant Thomas Davis; recently diagnosed with a fatal illness, he prefers a valiant death in battle. Breaches have been blown into the walls of the southern bastions, Trinidad and Santa Maria, and here Wellington will unleash the 4th and Light Divisions, while launching diversionary assaults on the northern San Vincente bastion, as well as the Badajoz castle. Together with one hundred volunteers, the Forlorn Hope, Webster and Davis will storm into the breach.
There aren’t many but there are some historical battles that have made a strong impression on me: The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Alamo and now The Storming of Badajoz. “Forlorn Hope” is exciting, action, adventure, historical fiction. I had no knowledge of this battle. Actually my knowledge of Napoleon and Wellington was limited exclusively to Waterloo so this is an eye-opener. James Mace knows how to write history and not give us a lecture nor is it boring. Mr. Mace shows us the events that led to the battle, the battle itself and its aftermath through not only Captain Webster’s eyes but the eyes of quite a few other characters as well to give us the full flavor of what is going on. There is action galore, military escapades and thrills as we are given this historical page turning adventure. Be prepared this story will touch you as, I feel, it is more than just an historical battle story. It is emotional and very human, when you read it you will know what I mean. I am glad I found James Mace and am already looking forward to more from this talented author.
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Posted February 11, 2013
FORLORN HOPE: THE STORMING OF BADAJOZ by James Mace is an interesting historical fiction set during the Napoleonic War of 1812,Badajoz,Spain. A novella,which is the prelude to "I Stood With Wellington" by this author. The battle of 1812 will always loom over Badajoz. This battle set the stage for the downfall and defeat of Napoleon. What an interesting and detailed story of the tragedy at Badajoz,Spain. The men who fought that battle,their challenges,their struggles,their loss and the heroism of that dreadful day. If you enjoy the Napoleonic War history, the history of Badajoz,Spain,and battles you will enjoy this title. This is my first read by this author,and I hope to read more by him. With his vivid descriptions,and his attention to details, you feel as though you where there. These where brave men who risk all, some lost all to save their country. A must read for all and any history buffs,and fiction readers. Received for an honest review from the author and Pump Up Your Book.
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews