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Postby chuckie » Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:59 pm

Thanks Tony. Reason i ask is because i'm getting the books from the Library, so difficult to get them in order.
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:03 pm

Reading them in chronological order makes a degree of sense, but is not essential. You do see how Sharpe's character develops though. How he grows in confidence and what he's looking for out life and how the more battles he's in, the more he feels vulnerable. :)
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Postby chris.ph » Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:23 pm

just got my father the 15 sharp books that he didnt have
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:08 am

For all Bernard Cornwell fans - his latest book 'The Fort' is out in the UK today! I've just been to Tesco to get two copies - one for me and one to take to Tucson for Sharlene. Tesco has them for £12, but I had to get an assistant to get them from the stock room as they weren't on display.

The book was originally going to be called 'Captivate, Kill or Destroy in the UK, but the publishers and book wholesalers insisted on it being given the US title of 'The Fort'. It's set during the American Revolutionary War. Here's a blurb about it (with an explanation of the original title).

Captivate, Kill or Destroy (a quote from the official orders given to the Massachusetts Forces) is about the Penobscot Expedition of 1779. A small British garrison had been established in what is now Maine (and was then part of Massachusetts), and the rebel government in Boston was determined to expel that garrison. Seven hundred British redcoats were in an unfinished fort, Fort George, and the harbour beneath the fort was protected by three sloops-of-war. Against this the State of Massachusetts sent an army of around 900 men and a fleet of 42 ships, half of which were warships. In this early scene a handful of rebel ships feel out the British harbour defences. The Lieutenant John Moore who watches the fight is the famous Sir John Moore, of Corunna fame. This was his first experience of battle, when he was 18 years old.


You can read more HERE (if your web filter lets you). ;)

Paul Revere was commander of the land artillery in this battle and he was charged with cowardice and insubordination. He was cleared of all charges during a court martial and then left the military and took up silversmithing. :)
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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:56 pm

Excellent! Let us know if it's as good as his other stuff Tony
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:48 am

Sorry I'm so late getting back to this. The book is excellent! :D It's somewhat different to his other books in that he doesn't create too many fictitious characters.

The story is gripping throughout and I had a job to put it to one side. Most Americans (it seems) don't know about this part of the War of Independence as most of it was taking place further south at the time. Our friends from Mass. (Jeff and Doug) should enjoy it as although this is now part of Maine, it was then part of Massachusetts. The British were setting up a fort to protect Americans who wanted to stay loyal to the King and they planned to call the settlement New Ireland.

Cornwell, although a Brit, lives in that part of the world. It's a great tale and well worth checking out. The Penobscot Incident has been described as the biggest naval defeat America suffered until Pearl Harbour. :wink:
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:36 pm

The last week or so I've been creating a Google Map of all the places mentioned in the (so far) five book series about Alfred the Great. I've included tags that give the Saxon or Viking names of the places along with their current names.

It's still a work in progress, but I'd welcome feedback - especially from anyone who has read the books. :D
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri May 27, 2011 8:38 pm

The next book in the Saxon Stories (King Alfred) series is Death of Kings due out in September of this year. :D

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Postby meerkat » Sat May 28, 2011 7:42 am

Enjoyed the Last Kingdom. Not sdure if I want to continue reading on. Might get the next one from the library and see what I think.

p.s. There is a large collection of Viking names and a lot else on the DreamWorlds website under 'history myths and legends'! :wink:
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat May 28, 2011 9:42 am

The series continues to improve. I reread them all last year and enjoyed them immensely. :wink:
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Postby Garfiun » Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:52 pm

I haven't read any books by him yet but I have got two Sharpe books in my to read pile. So I'm looking forward to reading them.
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:42 am

Garfiun wrote:I haven't read any books by him yet but I have got two Sharpe books in my to read pile. So I'm looking forward to reading them.
Well it's a great way to soak up history and a cracking good read too! :D
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Postby chris.ph » Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:46 am

there are loads really cheap on amazon garfiun :D
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Postby turbochicken » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:44 pm

I'm a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell :)
My absolute favourite is the Grail Quest series.
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:55 pm

I really love the Arthur series. The Saxon books are excellent as well. And I enjoyed the Grail Quest series immensely.

Have you read Azincourt, turbo? I think that was the best battle scene that he's written. :D
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