I *really* liked the premise of this book when I read the "blurb", I mean who doesn't love a maverick hot headed card sharp leading a bunch o..Show More »f misfits?
In the end though i did leave slightly disappointed. I will try the second book in the series to see how it develops because I did enjoy it but the author never really seemed to develop his characters to the level I thought they deserved. The battle scenes were decent though and the quality narration kept my attention throughout.
I can't strongly recommend this but equally it was worth listening to. The problem is that with the likes of Cornwell lurking around every corner books like this in the genre have to be pretty special to get a lot of attention. I don't think Iain Gale quite managed that in this volume but he did come up with an interesting concept that could be developed.
I am warming to this series and I found this book a more enjoyable read than the previous one. The characters are developing nicely and gaining depth..Show More » while the story is largely well-paced and this time offers additional intrigue. It's important to note that this really isn't just "another Sharpe", Iain Gale has found a fascinating niche with his main character having gone from being a soldier of the line to a guide or intelligence officer. Spy to you and me.
This gives the author some considerable latitude for the plot of these books and I think it's fair to say that he pushes the bounds of that considerably more in this second volume. It's an entertaining book and given the variety of character backgrounds and accents David Timson does a very credible job.
It's not perfect though by any means and in pushing the boundaries the author does stretch credibility just a little too thin at times and I would like to have seen more time devoted to the major set piece battle.
If you do need high levels of realism this book delivers with some intriguing insights into the period, especially communications this time, but you will have to forgive the plot for perhaps skating on some pretty thin ice for much of the final quarter.