True Soldier Gentlemen
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True Soldier Gentlemen

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by Adrian Goldsworthy
     
 

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A brilliant new Napoleonic military fiction series from one of the UK's brightest young historians.

The year is 1808, and Hamish Williams is a 'gentlemen volunteer' in the 106th regiment of foot, a man serving with the ranks but living with the officers, and uncomfortable in both worlds: looked down on by those with the money or influence to buy their

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A brilliant new Napoleonic military fiction series from one of the UK's brightest young historians.

The year is 1808, and Hamish Williams is a 'gentlemen volunteer' in the 106th regiment of foot, a man serving with the ranks but living with the officers, and uncomfortable in both worlds: looked down on by those with the money or influence to buy their rank, and distrusted by the common soldiers who know he is not one of them.

But Williams is determined to prove by deeds alone that he is a man worthy of advancement, and when the 106th embarks for Portugal to begin what will become known as the Peninsula War against Napoleon, he knows his chance of glory is at hand. Soon he is receiving a sharp lesson in the realities of war, as the 106th undergoes a bloody baptism at the hands of the French - and he realises that his single-minded devotion to honour may not, after all, be the quickest route to promotion.

Combining the vivid detail of a master historian with the engaging characters and pulsating action of a natural storyteller, TRUE SOLDIER GENTLEMAN is the first volume in what promises to be a classic series.

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From the Publisher
In this Jane Austen-meets-Bernard Cornwell novel, Goldsworthy brilliantly evokes the reality of life - and death - in the early 19th century British Army—DAILY MAIL

Take a distinguished historian, a long and bloody war against an apparently invincible enemy, and you have a good recipe for what promises to be a classic series—GOOD BOOK GUIDE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753828366
Publisher:
Phoenix
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Series:
Napoleonic War Series, #1
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
787,153
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"In this Jane Austen-meets-Bernard Cornwell novel, Goldsworthy brilliantly evokes the reality of life—and death—in the early 19th century British Army."  —Daily Mail

"Take a distinguished historian, a long and bloody war against an apparently invincible enemy, and you have a good recipe for what promises to be a classic series."  —Good Book Guide

Meet the Author

Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR, was recognised by John Keegan, the General Editor of THE HISTORY OF WARFARE, as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. His other books include THE PUNIC WARS, and the volume on Roman warfare in John Keegan's CASSELL HISTORY OF WARFARE series. He has lectured on Roman history in both the UK and USA.

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True Soldier Gentlemen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of all the Richard Sharpe novels by Cornwell. This is along the same lines but instead of a liw born private becoming an officer it is about a gentleman volunteer along with the officers and men of his company. Is a pretty good read and i recommend giving it a try. It is the first in a series and look forward to reading the rest!