A Tainted Dawn: The Great War (1792-1815) Book I

A Tainted Dawn: The Great War (1792-1815) Book I

by B. N. Peacock

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ISBN-13: 9781611792126
Publisher: Fireship Press
Publication date: 03/07/2012
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 398,937
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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A Tainted Dawn: The Great War (1792-1815) Book I 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
literaryladyPat More than 1 year ago
B. N. Peacock has done her homework. The descriptions, the dialogue, the actions all depict the era. As a reader, I became so immersed in this accurate description of late eighteenth century, I felt as I were part of the plot. Anticipating and then being surprised as events unfolded was my reward. So that was life prior to the first, in a series of wars, beginning in 1792? For me, history is, in a sense, biography. In this book, the depiction of the lives of three young men, boys awaiting manhood seems to run parallel to a world awaiting liberty and equality as opposed to the prevalent tyranny and oppression. History personalized; well done.
Literalman More than 1 year ago
Three young men—two English, one French—cross paths again and again in the late 1700s. The lad who gets the most attention is a sea captain’s son who inherits his father’s estate but struggles to keep it against the plotting of other relatives. Only a teenager, he is appointed a midshipman in the navy, and he faces severe disadvantages as he tries to prove himself. The other English boy is a fiddler and sometime carpenter who, mainly to escape troubles at home, runs away to sea and joins the same ship as the other boy. The young Frenchman is a revolutionary who is keeping his rebellion secret from his family; at one point he flees to the Caribbean, where the troubles in France are distant and revolution has not yet taken hold. Unknown to one another, they all cross paths in chapter one, and their fates are intertwined. Their personal conflicts take place against the background of the French Revolution and a threat of war possibly involving England, France, and Spain. Much of the action takes place on board Royal Navy ships; other scenes include Paris, London, and the Caribbean. Peacock seems to have done her homework, with convincing details and dialogue. This is a well-crafted novel with well-drawn characters. It is intended as the first book of a trilogy, and the novel ends with the immediate tensions resolved but the characters’ future uncertain. My only complaints were that the first chapter introduced so many characters that I had trouble remembering who they all were, and that the book contained quite a few typos. Once immersed in the story, however, I found it hard to stop reading. I look forward to reading the next two books in the saga.
eggsnhm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Tainted Dawn is the tale of three young men from very different walks of life who all end up in the Caribbean (at least for a time) shortly after the taking of the Bastille, with the Spanish, French, and English on the brink of war. Lyrically phrased, this novel was a quiet but quite gripping read. I found the story brisk and engaging. My only complaint was that, as the first in a series, it ended just when I most wanted to know what happened next.
LMHTWB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Tainted Dawn begins in 1789 with a chance meeting between three teens on the streets of London -- Edward, the grandson of Lord Evington, Jemmy, the son of an English carpenter, and Louis,a young supporter of the French Revolution. For various reasons, all three young men find themselves in the Caribbean, where they struggle with becoming men in a world of chaos.My only complaint with this book is that in a few of the later chapters, some of the background information relating to the French Revolution was a bit too long for my tastes. Also, there were the occasional typo.Other than these two points, the book was excellent and different from other Napoleonic Era naval novels. The plot moved at a brisk pace, without constant fighting. Many naval novels seem to rely on broadsides as a means to move the plot along -- this book relies on a finely crafted plot, with interesting passages, realistic events, and several unexpected twists. The characters were well-developed and interesting. Unlike other coming-of-age naval novels when the young man is either given everything because he is a noble or instantly grasps how to sail a 3-masted ship and becomes captain in less than a year, poor Edward struggles with most things, including relationships with his fellow midshipmen. The descriptive passages where vivid, without heavy use of naval jargon or detailed instructions on how to set studdingsails.Overall, this is one of the best naval novels I have read and is far better written than some notable authors of this genre. This is the first in a planned 5-book series, and I'm already anxious for book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing story. I have really enjoyed reading this book.. She really did me proud with this amazing book.
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Celticlady1953 More than 1 year ago
A Tainted Dawn is about three young boys, Jemmy a fiddler and the son of a carpenter, Edward, son of a sea captain and grandson of a Lord, and finally Louis, son of a French baker. Their paths cross early on in the story. Subsequent chapters focus on their separate stories.  Jemmy runs away from home because he feels that his father cares more for his sister than him. He finds that life aboard ship is not what he expected, so he jumps ship and finds his father and sister. He works with his father doing carpentry work but finds out that his father is a smuggler. His father is hung for his crimes and Jemmy and his sister are on the run.  Edward comes from a wealthy family, his parents have not been together for a long time and when his father dies, he inherits his fathers estate but his grandfather, Admiral Ben Deveare becomes his guardian and sends Edward to sea with no money, no decent clothes. Life aboard ship is harsh for Edward as he tries to acclimate himself to lot in life. Louis is a young man and a rabblerouser who defies his father and participates in the French rebellion against the English. He is blackmailed by his fathers servant and he loses everything to pay this ruthless man.    This is a maritime historical novel with a backdrop of the French Revolution in vivid detail. It is obvious that the author knows her history. Definitely well researched and it will appeal to the reader who love historical and maritime stories. This is the first book in a trilogy and it will be interesting to follow these three boys into adulthood.
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