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Old February 24th, 2015, 04:19 AM   #11
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Scarrow has some excellent books on the Napoleonic Wars, keep a close eye out for Sharpe in one of them!!!!

Having said that I detest the Sharpe books and refused to read Cornwall as a result, but then I read "The Fort" set in the American Revolution and thoroughly enjoyed it. Makes me wonder if that Sharpe book I read was ghost written by someone else because it really was crap.
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Check out Christian Cameron, and be entertained.
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Amen. What I said! Cameron is the best writer of historical fiction out there today, for my money.
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@Macconermaoile: nice to see a fellow Irishman here! (from Louth.)
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Look at his Uthred novels. Good stuff.
Standard Cornwell fare. Good battle scenes exciting plot... Poorly written females. He can't write women well Cornwell... He has his Arthurian series too.

Sharpe and Starbuck are Napoleonic and Civil War. Read Sharpe first and then move on to the ACW... A couple of sharpe characters descendents appear.

He's not Cornwell... But Death To The French is also a good read.
' Death to the French ' is by C.S. Forester, another great writer on the Napoleonic days.
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Colleen McCullough series Masters of Rome are pretty good.



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If you are looking for generally military type, Horatio Hornblower series by CS Forester is a true classic series, and very fun to read. It's what inspired Mr. Cornwell to write his Sharpe series.

If you are looking for general historical fiction, I strongly suggest:

Edward Rutherford's Sarum and The Forest. Two epic collections of historical short stories and novellas involving the descendants of five or fictional families. He begins in say 10,000BC and creates three families, and then each successive story includes the descendants of each of these families dealing within certain time frames and making note of earlier stories.

I also highly prize The Physician, by Noah Gordon, one of a series of a family saga. The Physician follos a young barber-surgeon's apprentice across medieval England and on into Europe, leading him to Isfahan and beyond.

I also enjoy mystery series and there are some great historical ones, Paul Doherty's The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, the Hugh Corbett medieval mysteries, and the Canterbury Tales of Mystery and Murder, are all very good. They're very much set to a standard formula for mysteries but the ones I've read have each been very good.

If you want to read a fantasy series that has the feel of historical fiction, the Song of Ice and Fire by GRR Martin is very well written
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Ben a chara,

Have you read his fantasy books ? They are great as well, under the name Miles Cameron.


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Don't just read the "Hornblower" stuff - the other Forester stuff is well worth a read - The Gun, The African Queen, Brown on Resolution etc.
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Scarrow has some excellent books on the Napoleonic Wars, keep a close eye out for Sharpe in one of them!!!!

Having said that I detest the Sharpe books and refused to read Cornwall as a result, but then I read "The Fort" set in the American Revolution and thoroughly enjoyed it. Makes me wonder if that Sharpe book I read was ghost written by someone else because it really was crap.
Early Sharpe books were good but then they turned into formula and paying the rent.

Thats probably why Cornwell ditched them, the Harlequin/grail quest books were fairly good.

He does suffer from revisitning Sharlpe in all his heroes but hes doing his best.
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