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Rebellion by James McGee
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Authors:James McGee
Info:Harper (2011), Paperback, 400 pages
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Tags:Historical Fiction, Matthew Hawkwood, 13 in 13

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Rebellion by James McGee



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McGee seems to have set himself a task of writing 4 different types of novel within the historical fiction genre. This one was based on French 19th century fiction (Hawkwood uses the pseudonym Dumas) and was by far the slowest of the four. Still readable though. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 21, 2014 |
'Bon chance!' Indeed!

Captured by the French in Portugal, and taken before Marshall Marmont, an English Intelligence officer (in uniform) is ill treated despite have given his parole. Enroute from Salamanca, in the Pyrenees the officer escapes.
Three years later, 1812, Bonaparte has decided to move on Russia leaving certain Parisian factors seeing this as an opportunity to end his regime.
Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is about to be thrust into the political turmoil of Paris. It seems tension seethes below the facade of acceptance of Bonaparte as Emperor. The British want to cash in on it.
A storm at sea as Hawkwood is crossing the English Channel was a realistically terrifying picture. I was there with Hawkwood staring out into the night at the watery inferno, lit by lightening, holding on afraid at the unholy magnitude of the sea at storm.
Disguised as an American in Paris, Hawkwood meets up with an old friend. Life certainly takes an even more interesting turn as the mission and old friends combine.
I liken Harkwood to other reluctant hero's like Bernard Cornwall's Sharpe or C.S. Forster's Horatio Hornblower. Englishman cut from the same cloth who have a duty to King and country to perform.
Action packed, historically accurate, stimulating and a grand adventure. A bonus for me is that the historical background brings gravitas to my understanding of the political times and conditions behind the regency romances of which I'm so fond.
Sharply written, this thriller had me on the edge.

A NetGalley ARC ( )
  eyes.2c | Jan 21, 2014 |
The fourth book in the continuing adventures of Matthew Hawkwood finds our hero being seconded from his normal London beat to an agency for the Home Office. They have a mission that requires his unique talents and want him to go to Paris to see if the planned operation is feasible and to provide assistance if it is. When he finally gets to the French capital, let's just say that his travel plans were a little disrupted, he discovers that his contact is an old colleague that he thought never to see again. The plan of action? With France at war in Spain and Napoleon planning to invade Russia the time might be right to stage a coup and install a new regime that might be more favourable to a peaceful co-existence with England.

When you pick up a book to continue a series you, as a reader, have certain expectations of what you're going to get. By the fourth book in that series those expectations are pretty much set in stone. So what happens when the latest book takes things in a new direction is that it gives the reader a feeling of being let down. No matter how good of a story the writer provides there will always be a sense of disappointment over what has been altered. So what has changed in this new instalment? The first three books were fast paced action/adventure stories set in or around London that follow the former soldier turned Bow Street runner with occasional assistance from recurring subsidiary characters. This one, while there are some elements of this early on soon degenerates into a slow building political intrigue that doesn't centre around the titular character of the series and being based upon actual events (with most of the featured characters being real-life people) so if you already know the outcome of the event then the majority of the suspense has already been removed.

All that being said, this is not a bad story. Just not the one I quite expected. If it had been written with a different lead character then I would probably mark it a bit higher. The historical research by the author is once again very good and he does give examples for further reading for those that may be interested to learn more of the period and events portrayed. ( )
2 vote AHS-Wolfy | Feb 25, 2013 |
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October 1812. Britain & France are still at war. France is engaged on two battle fronts, Spain & Russia, & her civilians are growing weary of the fight. Rebellion is brewing. Since Napoleon Bonaparte appointed himself as First Consul, there have been several attempts to either kill or overthrow him. All have failed, so far.… (more)

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