Fire and Sword: Wellington and Napoleon, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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|Listening Length||21 hours and 18 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||15 May 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 27,514 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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This book continues from the year AD 1804, and for Wellington (formerly Wellesley), although times are hard politically he will find solace as a military in Copenhagen, Portugal and Spain, while Napoleon has already established himself as a genius on the battlefield.
Emperor Napoleon is on the rampage throughout Europe and taking control, and now there's only one enemy left across the channel, Britain, while Wellington must try to oppose him and establish a foothold for Britain and his allies in Europe.
The time will come ever closer for the ultimate battle, but before that in this book many hard fought and desperate encounters will be fought out between the British forces and its allies against the might of Napoleon and his French Army.
What is to follow is a tremendous tale in which Wellington and Napoleon will show their geniuses and failures in battles to come and in their domestic lives, and all this is brought to us a most fascinating fashion by the author.
Highly recommended, for this is another great addition to this wonderful series, and that's why I like to call this episode: "A Magnificent Fire And Sword"!
The detail is extraordinary and as the writer shifts from Napoleon to Wellington it all flows seamlessly. It also highlights Napoleon's dictatorial style of leadership (some of it reminiscent to Nazi Germany) in contrast with Wellingtons desire for fairness and doing the right thing which accentuates their early developmental patterns and their rise in the previous two books from their birth and early experiences. Great exciting descriptions around numerous battles and the strategies undertaken - at times, if a book can, it leaves you breathless. Brilliant read, just brilliant. Can't wait to read the final book, the prelude to and final chapter, Napoleon's ultimate demise and Wellingtons greatest moment - Waterloo.
an excellent book to the backdrop of one of the most interesting points in history!