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Napoleon's Pyramids by William Dietrich
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Dec 28, 11

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bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction
Read from December 20 to 28, 2011

This was a Nook Friday free book. While I like historical fiction, it tends to be Naval fiction during the Age of Sail, i.e. Horatio Nelson, etc. This is set during the same period of time, so I gave it a whirl.

The first third of this book was slow going, but, I managed to push through. I won't spoil it for others, but, I did read it with more interest in the last two-thirds. The book touched on many aspects of the French invasion, it also made use of made use of various scientists and mathematicians. Ben Franklin's electricity experiments were alluded to many times,

The characters are in turn likeable, relatable, maddening, and interesting. The main protagonist, an American that was pulled into the French expedition to Egypt. The author has him speaking with Napoleon a number of times and Nelson a couple of time.

As a reader of historical naval fiction in this time period, it was also interesting to read an account of the French point of view, not to mention Napoleon's varied interests. Granted it was mostly fictional, but, I feel that it was not far from the mark.


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2.0% "I like historical fiction, and thought I'd try this. It's about an American in France during the Napoleonic wars, shortly after the French Revolution."

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