Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Review - Iain GALE – “Four Days in June”

Publ: 2006
Pensby Library
ISBN: 978 0 00 720104 4
Genre: Historical fiction; war
Pages: 366p
Found by Serendipity
Rating: ***** **

What led you to pick up this book?
I’ve read a few books about Waterloo of late and this adding another interesting view.

Describe the plot without giving anything away.
The four days leading up to the Battle of Waterloo, June 1815. The story is told from the perspective of a Napoleon, Ney, a Prussian and two British officers.

What did you think of the characters and style?

Many novels which jump from one character to another can get a bit messy but this was pretty seamless. The characters were well drawn with each of their backgrounds introduced skillfully as memories as the battle progressed.

What did you like most about the book?
A concise and clever look at a most complex battle.

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover.

Would I recommend it?

Yes to those who like their historical novels and fans of the Napoleonic wars.

IAIN GALE as always had a passion for military history. He is the Editor of the National Trust for Scotland magazine and Art critic for Scotland on Sunday. He lives outside Edinburgh with his wife and children. His first novel, Four Days in June, is a stand-alone military adventure set on the battlefields of Waterloo.

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