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Vagabond by Bernard Cornwell
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Jul 11, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 11 to September 13, 2011

As usual, the book is heavy on the well-researched battle porn (I don't know what else to call it). In this case, the book kicked off with it, so it took some time before proper attention was paid to the characters and the clever turn of phrase Cornwell does so well. Amidst the carnage, there are several truly amusing moments that keep the pacing manageable. Robbie Douglas was a nice addition to the cast, and the new bad guys are truly horrible. I thought it was interesting that while Cornwell pulls no punches in portraying battleground horrors, when it came to Thomas's torture, he focused on Thomas's emotions rather than on what was physically happening to him. I found that one of the few moving passages, but it still struck me as not in keeping with the rest of the book. I enjoy this series, but it never leaves me wanting to grab the next book immediately. I read the first one over a year ago. I'll try to read the next one sooner.

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