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Rules of War (Jack Steel #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In the early 18th century, the British army led by John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, were the leaders of a wide-ranging and very successful alliance. Jack Steel, maverick gentleman and superb soldier, was in the middle of any fight. Ramilles 1706—one of the great victories of the British army, a signal battle honor for the regiments who were there. But for Captain Steel ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by HarperCollins UK
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Sonny
Dec 14, 2016 Sonny rated it liked it
Mildly entertaining. Probably worth reading some books by this author.
Duzzlebrarian
Dec 01, 2010 Duzzlebrarian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The person who read this before me shook his head and said, "Too much like Sharpe." I disagree. It's not too much like Sharpe - it's exactly like Sharpe. If I was Cornwell, I'd be seriously pissed off. Fanfic is all very well and good - I enjoy both reading it and writing it - but you don't go and publish it!

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Phil Martin
Jan 05, 2010 Phil Martin rated it it was ok
A poor imitation of Bernard Cornwell. Disappointing.

All the ingredients were there and I should have enjoyed it but it didn't quite work for me. Dialogue is poorly written and at times jarring as it tries just that little too hard to convince. It doesn't.

Story was a little contrived, elements like the obligatory 'love interest' are inserted and shoe-horned in. They do not blend or unfold as a progression. They are just a writer 'hitting his marks'. Sadly for me, the book missed the mark as a res
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Roy Gore
Mar 07, 2016 Roy Gore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid sequel

I chose 4 stars as it was a great follow up from Man of Honour. It had everything in it to make a great sequel and was rounded off nicely for the third book. The only thing stopping it from receiving 5 stars was that I felt it was not as gripping as the first. I'm looking forward to finding how his relationship goes with Henrietta. And will he finally see Stringer hang?!
W. Nicol
Jul 12, 2014 W. Nicol rated it really liked it
Very well written. The hero cleverly parodies a derring-do officer in one of Europe's most pointless wars while the background of the misery inflicted upon countries and their populations is brought to life. The callous measuring of a person according to social class is revealed in the horrific bombardment of Ostend as well as Marlborough's careless disreegard for the life of the ordinary soldier.
Ian Willey
Apr 13, 2016 Ian Willey rated it liked it
The second book continues to have a lot of Sharpe like events but also continues to be a fairly good read
Garry Le Maistre
If you like Sharpe you will like this one. This was so easy and enjoyable to read that I had finished I fairly ripped through it!
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Iain Gale has always had a passion for military history. He is the Editor of the National Trust for Scotland magazine and Art critic for Scotland on Sunday. He lives outside Edinburgh with his wife and children. His first novel, Four Days in June,is a stand-alone military adventure set on the battlefields of Waterloo.
He is also the writer of eleven non-fiction books.
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