Officer Jack Lark has to act immediately and decisively. His life and the success of the campaign depend on it. But does he have the mettle, the officer qualities that are the life blood of the British Army? From a poor background Lark has risen through the ranks by stealth and guile and now he faces the ultimate test....
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By Ian on 12-07-16
Its Not Sharpe, Its different
What did you like most about The Scarlet Thief?
As its mid-19th century British army, and shows things have not improved much since the days of Waterloo
What did you like best about this story?
How the incompetence of the Army commanders shone through. Along with the Hero is not some uber warrior death machine....
Which character – as performed by Dudley Hinton – was your favourite?
Slater, as he got the evilness of the character bang on
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The death of Tommy Smith.
Any additional comments?
Unfairly the hero in this good series could be compared the a certain other hero of a slightly earlier period. Yes I am talking about a certain Richard (You bloody bastards) Sharpe. Jack Lark is different, more moral in some ways. Ok he stole his commission (big plot point ops). But certainly no less a hero. In fact could be said in more than one way he is better. As debut novel its a cracker, rips along at pace and the final battle scenes are fanstaic in the way the horror of 19th century warfare is conveyed, along with how bad the british officers behaved to each other much less the men under them.
Jack lark I shall be hearing more of your exploits without doubt. I have the books just the audio books make work less of a dragg...
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By meticulus on 30-11-17
listen to this book!
really enjoyed this book! I listen to audio books every day going to work and although I try to concentrate on absorbing the story I confess my attention sometimes wavers. Not this one! its a highly entertaining story with great characters and a brilliant narrator that brings the story to life.
this is a series I recommend!
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