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Fire and Sword Audiobook

Fire and Sword: Wellington and Napoleon, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Napoleon and Wellington are one of history's most fascinating pairings, vividly symbolising the adversarial nature of French and English relations in the 17th century. Simon Scarrow brings this revolutionary time to life in this vivid historical account.

Fire and Sword is the pause-resisting third novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Wellington and Napoleon Quartet. A must-listen for fans of Robert Harris.

It's 1804. Napoleon Bonaparte is emperor of France, his ultimate aim to rule Europe. After defeat at the Battle of Trafalgar, he wins a glorious victory against Austria at Austerlitz. He then deposes the Spanish king and places his own brother on the throne. But he is yet to triumph over his most hated enemy: Great Britain.

Arthur Wellesley (the future Duke of Wellington) throws himself into the British campaign in Europe. After glory in Portugal, he commands the army in a series of triumphant battles across Spain. For those living reluctantly under French rule, his victories suggest that Napoleon's progress is not inexorable: freedom can be restored....

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    L. D. Otter 04/06/2017
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    "A surprise to me ...."

    I wouldn't have chosen this book but decided to take a listen when the first book in the series was a Daily Deal.

    I have now listened to 3 of them so far (of which this the 3rd).

    The narrator is brilliant and really brings the story alive.

    Surprise yourselves and have a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Uhtredson 22/05/2017
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    Because I couldn't put it down... can't wait until December for the next release


    Masterful

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    stuart 13/12/2017
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    "Addictive"

    I can not wait to start on the next book in this series . What a good way to study hostory.

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    A 18/10/2017
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    "brings early 19th century history to life!"

    loved it from start to finish. fantastic writing and really well narrated. A must read can't wait for the release of Fields of Death!

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    T. Beran London, UK 05/10/2017
    T. Beran London, UK 05/10/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed it even more than the first 2"

    ... and I really enjoyed them too! Can't wait for book 4! Well read and produced

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    "Very good but a touch irritating"

    Superbly told but SS habit of using recognisable quotes in the wrong persons mouth irritates me a bit.

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    Morgan 06/09/2017
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    Good series as the story goes on.
    would recommend this as use it in traffic

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    very enjoyable and awaiting the next installment eagerly. December can't come soon enough for the final chapter in Belgium.

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    Watcher 22/06/2017
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    "Excellent novel"

    Well read as were the first two. I have much enjoyed this latest examination of these famous men and much look forward to the final book

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    Hooked on the whole series! Awaiting the final book in anticipation. It's going to be a long wait....

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  • Jean
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    "Historical Fiction at its Best."

    Since childhood I have read everything I could obtain about Napoleon Bonaparte and Arthur Wellesley, The Duke of Wellington. I have devoured Scarrow’s historical fiction series about the two men. This is book three of a four-part series. It is best to have read these books in order to fully enjoy the history and learn about each man.

    The book takes place in the years from 1804 to 1809. The French revolution is over and Napoleon becomes Emperor of France and now wants to acquire Europe. Wellesley has just returned to England after his nine years of service in India. The chapters of the book alternate between the two men. I agree with Scarrow that Napoleon had an enormous ego just as Wellesley was equally arrogant. Napoleon was the first to promote his army on merit not by the title a person was born with. I found the information about Prime Minister Pitt most interesting. Now I will look for a biography about Pitt so I can learn more about him.

    The book is well written and meticulously researched. Scarrow is continuing to build his characters. Scarrow is a great storyteller and he brings this period of history to life. The historical picture and battle scenes are all from the viewpoint of either Napoleon or Wellesley, therefore, it is the broad perspective. If you are interested in the viewpoint of a soldier I would recommend the historical novels series “Sharpe” by Bernard Cornwell. It covers the same time frame with Wellesley in command of the army.

    The book is long at almost twenty-two hours. Jonathan Keeble does an excellent job narrating the book. Keeble is an actor and audiobook narrator. If you are interested in the Napoleonic Wars and Napoleon, this book is for you.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sean McCrory
    13/07/17
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    "Very Good - Stays On Course"
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    As always, Jonathan Keeble is amazing. I love when he yells orders to the troops! Simon stays on course with his tale, and really makes you feel like you are behind the scenes of history. He's starting to bring out the cruelty and arrogance of Napoleon, and he's making me see Wellesley as a very good General, but a little lacking in normal life when it comes to being a husband, or a father. I think this is the best installment so far, and can't wait for the next!

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  • snowman
    22/05/17
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    "Amazing retelling of Epic Tale"

    I can't remember when I've been so entertained about reading historical events put into a fictionalized style. Simply put, masterful storytelling at its best. Bernard Cornwell Lookout!

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  • james
    Chandler, az, United States
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    "I can't wait for the final book in this series "

    This series of stories by Simon Scarrow about Napoleon and Wellesley is by far the best I have ever read (heard).

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