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I am warming to this series and I found this book a more enjoyable read than the previous one. The characters are developing nicely and gaining depth while the story is largely well-paced and this time offers additional intrigue. It's important to note that this really isn't just "another Sharpe", Iain Gale has found a fascinating niche with his main character having gone from being a soldier of the line to a guide or intelligence officer. Spy to you and me.
This gives the author some considerable latitude for the plot of these books and I think it's fair to say that he pushes the bounds of that considerably more in this second volume. It's an entertaining book and given the variety of character backgrounds and accents David Timson does a very credible job.
It's not perfect though by any means and in pushing the boundaries the author does stretch credibility just a little too thin at times and I would like to have seen more time devoted to the major set piece battle.
If you do need high levels of realism this book delivers with some intriguing insights into the period, especially communications this time, but you will have to forgive the plot for perhaps skating on some pretty thin ice for much of the final quarter.
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