Young Bloods

Young Bloods

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Europe in the late eighteenth century was a tumultuous place, with war and rebellions breaking out on many fronts. Young Arthur Wesley (later Wellington) and Napoleon Bonaparte grow up worlds apart yet immersed from youth in a culture where a military career is a natural choice for men of ambition. While Wellington is blooded in Ireland and Flanders, Napoleon is caught up in the dramas of the French Revolution and war with Prussia, Britain and Holland. None of this is enough to distract Wellington from his pursuit of Kitty Pakenham or Napoleon from his future bride, Josephine, for these men throw themselves into all aspects of life as enthusiastically as they rush to battle. A wonderful, multi-layered introduction to an epic series.
Publisher: London : Headline Review, 2006.
ISBN: 9780755324330
0755324331
Characteristics: 504 p. :,maps.

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May 03, 2013

Young Bloods: Wellington and Napoleon. Two Soldiers and One Destiny. --- by Simon Scarrow. Simon has turned out one very good novel. His protagonists aren’t cut- outs: they’re real. We see they too, have fears on the battlefield; misgivings about the outcome of the actions of war will produce. From the minute he was born, we follow young Naboleon in his village on Corsica; his schooling in France where he is perpetually the Outsider; and then his return, in support of the French, to Corsica. Young Arthur Wesley, nearly brushed by death at the very moment he is born, like Naboleon, is also somewhat at the fringe of society. Proficient in the violin, he never quite manages to please his mother especially after his father dies. Unfortunately, the time frame of this novel is such that we never actually get to see the two protagonists on the same stage. Both men are limed as gentle, having their reservations’ about the seamier side of war. Scarrow has written well: are there some sequels in the winds? It is to be hoped.

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