The Generals is the compelling second novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Wellington and Napoleon quartet.
In the turbulent aftermath of the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte stands accused of treachery and corruption. His reputation is saved by his skill in leading his men to victory in Italy and Egypt. But then he must restore order in France and find peace or victory over her enemies: England and Arthur Wellesley (the future Duke of Wellington).
Wellesley is leading a vast army in India, where British interests are under threat. The campaign will result in the creation of the Raj - the jewel in the British Empire's crown. Wellesley returns to England a hardened veteran and more determined than ever to end France's domination of Europe. Both Wellesley and Napoleon intend to win - whatever the cost. Who will ultimately succeed?
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Narration too was excellent I enjoyed the twin themes and look forward to hearing the rest
"Great Historical Fiction"
Since I was a child I have read everything I could find about Lord Wellington and Napoleon. I must admit that when I was younger it was Napoleon I read the most about. I was so happy when I came across Simon Scarrow’s series called Wellington and Napoleon. This is the second book in his historical fiction series.
The book begins in 1796. Arthur Wellesley (Lord Wellington) has been sent to India as Commander of the 33rd Regiment of Foot. Wellesley displays his skill and bravery that launches his movement up the ranks. Another excellent historical fiction series about Wellesley in India and fighting Napoleon in Europe is “Sharp” by Bernard Cornwell.
Scarrow opens the first section on Napoleon with his saving the seat of government from rebelling Royalist. Then they appoint Napoleon as Commander of the Army in Italy and then the Army of Egypt. He then returns to France to begin his rise to power. The sections alternate between the two men.
The book is well written and meticulously researched. Scarrow blends and weaves his story into the history of the two men and brings history to life. Scarrow writes excellent a battle scene that makes me feel as if I am right in the middle of the battle. There is so much written about both men but it is a delight to read this historical novel. If you are interested in either or both men and the Napoleonic War, this is a book for you. This is a fairly long book at about 21 hours.
Jonathan Keeble does a good job narrating the book. Keeble is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. Keeble narrating this first book in the series.
"Way better than the first book in the series."
Way better than book one. The battles were actually not the most boring parts of the book this time around.
I have read many historical fiction accounts of the Napoleonic Wars This is my favorite.
"Napolean had a temper"
Simon Scarrow does for Napolean and Wellington what Shaara did for for Lee and his generals in the Killer Angels.It is a worthy 2nd installment of a series which began with Young Bloods.Scarrow further develops Napolean's development from a Corsican Patriot into a meglomaniac genius rising to greatness on the blood of his soldiers .Not that he doesn't care for them but his attitude and philosopy contrasts with Wellington who is depicted as another great commander but with a totally different approach.
The Generals is a great way to learn and/or brush up on a period in the Napoleanic era and be entertained at the same time. One thought I had was that rising from the brutality of the French Revolution, if Napolean had not Seized power he probably would have been assassinated or executed.
"Well written and read l would recommend this book"
Very well narated well portrade history by Simon Scarrow. I alway enjoy
his books when ever I get hold
A good story made in to an absolutely brilliant story thanks to Jonathan Keebles narration.
"I can't believe its getting better"
yes its well good
pressing play the first ... the saddest was
This book was about Napoleons rise so has to him ...
I havent been so immersed since Conns Ghengis series ... Well played sir !
A truly superb listen on every level. 15th May 2017, book 3 release!!! Bring it on!
loved everything about it, funny, tense never boring. even when discussing seemingly mundane affairs like military logistics I was completely enthralled. amazing
"Just really good"
Jonathan brings Simons excellent writing to life with enjoyable oration. This standard of collaboration is the reason I have my Audible account. Please sir can I have some more?
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