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Book Review: Of Honest Fame by M.M. Bennetts

, by Mystee



Book Description

 October 8, 2010
Gambler, gaoler, soldier, sailor, smuggler, spyman, traitor, thief
A battle of wits against the brutal forces of Napoleon’s tyranny over Europe


On a summer night in 1812, a boy sets fire to a house in Paris before escaping over the rooftops. Carrying vital intelligence about Napoleon’s Russian campaign, he heads for England. But landing in Kent, he is beaten almost to death.

The Foreign Secretary, Lord Castlereagh, is desperate for the boy’s information. He is even more desperate, however, to track down the boy’s assailant – a sadistic French agent who knows far too much about Castlereagh’s intelligence network.

Captain George Shuster is a veteran of the Peninsula, an aide-de-camp to Wellington, now recalled from the continent and struggling to adjust to civilian life. Thomas Jesuadon is a dissolute, living on the fringes of society, but with an unrivalled knowledge of the seamy underside of the capital. Setting out to trace the boy’s attacker, they journey from the slums of London to the Scottish coast, following a trail of havoc, betrayal, official incompetence and murder. It takes an unlikely encounter with a frightened young woman to give them the breakthrough that will turn the hunter into the hunted.

Meanwhile, the boy travels the breadth of Europe in the wake of the Grande Armée, witnessing at first hand the ruination they leave behind and the awful price of Napoleon’s ambition.

This companion to M.M. Bennetts’s brilliant debut, May 1812, is a gripping account of deception, daring and determination, of intelligence and guile pitted against brutality. Bennetts brings to vivid life the harrowing devastation wrought on the civilian populations of Europe by Napoleon’s men, and the grit, courage and tenacity of those who stood against them.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1834 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Diiarts (October 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CLYO0U

Rating: 4/5

Review: What a book. I love historical fiction. I like almost everything, but historical will always hold a special place with me. I also really enjoy it when research has been done. I love the accuracy. 

This book had me from the beginning. Had I not had to get up and do other things that day, I'd have done nothing but finish this book in one sitting. The characters are developed so well for the time period. You love them, you may dislike some too. The ending is not as expected either. Another quality I absolutely love in a book.

This book left me screaming for a sequel. The last line. Priceless. {Not going to share it...go pick up your own book☺} Pick this one up for a great winter read.



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