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The Snare

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It is established beyond doubt that Mr. Butler was drunk at the time. This rests upon the evidence of Sergeant Flanagan and the troopers who accompanied him, and it rests upon Mr. Butler's own word, as we shall see.
Paperback, 172 pages
Published August 14th 2006 by Echo Library (first published 1917)
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Donna
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, sabatini
I've enjoyed all the other Sabatini books I've read so far, unfortunately this one was a bit of a clunker.

It starts with some praise of Wellington and background information about the Penninsular War. This beginning would probably make perfect sense to someone who was familiar with those subjects, but it was lost on me. Then we meet foolish young Lieutenant Butler, only to find out that he's not the main character either and his entire section is also just backstory.

Things picked up when we fina
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Julie Davis
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are multiple snares in this swashbuckler by Rafael Sabatini. Set in Portugal, under Wellington's command as he forms a clever trap for Napoleon, this is a tale of jealousy, love, betrayal, and friendship ... all set into motion by one stupid, selfish brother.

I really enjoyed it although the trial toward the end was a bit lengthy for my taste. I didn't expect military strategy to form such a big part of the plot but was fascinated by this look at the Napoleonic wars.

Definitely recommended a
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Robert Hepple
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Snare is set in 1810 during the Peninsular War in and around the British Army Headquarters. The plot is a romance involving dishonour and redemption set against a background of espionage and treachery. Real characters feature from time to time – the Duke Wellington takes an active part in the tale. Other Sabatini novels that I have read have been out and out swashbucklers, and it is these that he is best associated with. This story is definitely not a swashbuckler – it has a lot more talk th ...more
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Well written, interesting character psychology and interaction.
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Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages. By the time he was seventeen, he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language - English - to his linguistic collection. After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the ...more
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