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Beat The Drums Slowly (Napoleonic Wars #2)

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Second in the series begun by TRUE SOLDIER GENTLEMEN, the story takes our heroes through the winter snows as Sir John Moore is forced to retreat to Corunna. Faced with appalling weather, and pursued by an overwhelming French army led by Napoleon himself, the very survival of Britain's army is at stake. But while the 106th Foot fights a desperate rearguard action, for the n ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 10th 2011 by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson
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I did a bit of speed reading and finished this book in 4 hours. It spent entirely too much time with Williams, Jane and Wickham and not enough on battle. I don't read Napoleonic war era books in order to spend half the book on Williams’s dog-like devotion to Jane.

It is unfortunate that this series took a wrong turn and went with relationships over action but at least I still have Sharpe.
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is the 2nd book in Goldsworthy's series of the Peninsular War. Here we find the heroes of the 106th, after their victory at Vimeiro, facing Napoleon who is forcing them to retreat from Spain back into Portugal at the end of which, they will fight at Corunna. We meet the real historical figures of Paget and Moore, and various others.

Our fictitious characters continue along in a mostly plausible part of the retreat, though our main POV character does take a little detour that seems brought wi
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Napoleonic history, those who prefer more drama than action
The novel tells the story of Ensign Hamish Williams, a former 'gentleman volunteer' soldier who had served in the British army's ranks in the previous novel. A gentlemen volunteer could enlist in the ranks and eat with the officers due to his status, but due to either lack of funds or connections is unable to purchase a commission. The major battle in that novel was Vimeiro, one of Arthur Wellesley's early battles in Portugal.

In Spain, Sir John Moore is commander of British forces and is sent to
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book couldn't really decide who it what it was about. First it was a book about war. Then it was a developing love story. Then it was about the French. Then about the English. Then the love story. Then more war. The author would be better suited to write screenplay if he intends to dart around between plot points. It also seems like as soon as there was sufficient flow to a certain plot point he purposely halted himself with the intention of writing another book. Instead of letting the stor ...more
Andrew Lloyd
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
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One reviewer put it best as, this book has no idea who it is about and what the main narrative is. Is it the war, the French, a love story between a naive girl and a misogynist or a book about one man's struggle amidst it all? The series started with great promise, the new Sharpe, but getting beaten at writing a good novel by Bernard Cornwell is a sorry sight. I think Goldsworthy should stick with writing his historical overviews of Rome or try something new. This series has lost its charm and i ...more
Dayton Larson
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another novel in historical fiction on Great Britain's Napoleonic Army.
David Ware
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2nd book in the series and the main characters are really taking shape, highly recommend
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Adrian Goldsworthy was born in 1969 in Cardiff. He was educated in Penarth and then read Ancient and Modern History at St. John's College, Oxford, where he subsequently completed his doctorate in ancient history. His D.Phil. Thesis was the basis for his first book, The Roman Army At War 100 BC - AD 200, which looked at how the Roman army actually operated on campaign and in battle.

For several yea
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