Welcome to James Keane – card sharp and ladies’ man – and one of the finest soldiers of Wellington’s army. Keane – hot-tempered, a maverick, never quite accepted by his fellow officers – is in trouble for killing his man in a duel: An activity forbidden by Wellington.
To avoid court martial, he takes on an unwelcome assignment: to form an ill-assorted bunch of reprobates into an elite unit capable of operating behind the lines. A nineteenth-century Dirty Dozen. Keane’s Company is the first novel featuring James Keane and his band, whose adventures will continue in a series following the Peninsular War.
©2013 Iain Gale (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd
"Richard Sharpe would be delighted to have James Keane on his side! Iain Gale's creation is a wonderfully imaginative addition to the fascinating tales of Britain's defiance of Bonaparte" (Bernard Cornwell)
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I have sight problems so yes.
It obviously has to be compared to the Sharpe series and it compares well.
There are not many books I would like to listen to in one sitting.
"Not Overly Keane..."
A decent enough attempt to build on Bernard Cornwall's Sharpe's series however it failed to live up the expectations.
The premise for the story sounded good at the start and the narrator did a good job on maintaining interested however the biggest issue I had was that there were no plot twists at all! Everything that happened was extremely predictable and some sub-plots which at the beginning seemed like they would be a major point of the story were finished off rather to quickly and neatly for my liking.
It almost seemed like the central character had a charmed life and it never felt like a situation had arisen where he was in danger or having to rise to much of a challenge.
I managed to listen to the book until the end but it seemed to end with a rush like the author had suddenly realised the book was nearly finished and he had unanswered plots to resolve. A decent enough book for someone with an interest in the era who doesn't want to be taxed mentally or concentrate hard to keep up with the plot!
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