Man of Honour

Man of Honour

Jack Steel and the Blenheim Campaign, July to August 1704

Book - 2007
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'Man of Honour' is the first in a stunning new series from respected military historian, Iain Gale, perfect for all fans of Sharpe. Meet Lieutenant Jack Steel -- gentleman, soldier, hero. Upper Bavaria, 1704. The British army, victorious, unbeaten since the Peninsula war, stands proudly to attention, ready to fight for honour and glory. Their enemy is Louis XIV of France, a megalomaniac intent on possessing all Europe. Among this proud group of men stands Lieutenant Jack Steel, admired by his men, the finest infantry in Queen Anne's army. Much praised for his courage, his strength, and his loyalty, Steel has come to the attention of his Commander in Chief, the Duke of Marlborough. Tasked with rescuing a letter whose controversial contents could destroy Marlborough, Steel leads his men through the battle of Blenheim, risking death and destruction in the fight for another man's honour. And along the way he is constantly threatened from within by the mellifluous Major Jennings, intent on destroying Steel and all he stands for. The first in a stunning new series featuring Jack Steel, Man of Honour is historical adventure perfect for all fans of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Publishers, 2007.
ISBN: 9780007201068
Branch Call Number: GALE
Characteristics: 336 p. : maps.


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Jun 05, 2014

Lieutenant Jack Steel is a born soldier. In the days surrounding the Battle of Blenheim, Steel is tasked with rescuing a letter whose controversial contents could destroy the Duke of Marlborough. Despite the odds and the malevolent Major Jennings, Steel completes the task with verve.

It is inevitable that characters and a story such as this are compared to Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe. I'm a big fan of Sharpe and Steel just can't stand up to the comparison. I am not against a good formula for a book but this just felt ripped off from Cornwell's series but without the grit and daring. A good attempt but it failed for me.

Mar 14, 2010

An attempt to duplicate Cornwell's "Sharpe" series. I presume the historical refs are somewhat accurate but unfortunately there are no endnotes to explain what happened and where he strayed from actual events

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