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5.0 out of 5 starsA Davidson area resident
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2019
I live close to Davidson College and attended the 2019 graduation. In their program they state that the seal that is placed on every diploma was designed by Peter Ney who may have been the famed Marshall Ney. The college web site states that they have papers from Ney and they had a very high regard for whoever he was. One must remember that Marshall Ney was a very rich man and this could explain the help from Wellington. Also he may have endowed the college.
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
I am a big fan of the author. Bought this book because of past experience. Sat in my library for awhile, finally read the book, and glad I did. The story is fascinating, moved well and was very interesting. He included characters from his previous Napoleonic stories. Found myself really wanting the story to be true. Marshal Ney got the short end of the stick after Waterloo. He ended up being everyone's scapegoat. The story is well written, characters are likeable, and I highly recommend the book
5.0 out of 5 starsDon't think it's true, but enjoyed it none the less
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2014
Although a work of fiction, it is an interesting story. Marshall Ney, one of the greatest Napoleonic commanders was condemned to death by the vengeful royalists and executed despite the objections of Wellington. In this story, he escapes, partly with the collusion of Wellington, and lives out his days in America. A good tale
4.0 out of 5 starsI subscribe to the idea Ney was NOT executed.
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2015
A worthy companion to Historical Doubts As To The Execution of Marshal Ney. Blends in nicely. A very readable novel. Would have liked it to be a bit longer with more details. Example: What, where was Ney for the three years before showing up in America?
5.0 out of 5 starsThis was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is hard ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2014
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is hard to discern how much of the story is actual fact. Being a fan of the Napoleonic era and a fan of Marshall Ney, I can only hope that all of the story is true
This is a very interesting book! The story arc contains many of the characters in the previous books of Mace's Wellington/Napoleon series ( Forlorn Hope/ I stood with Wellington) but extends the story beyond 1815. It is impossible to review this without spoiling the novel and revealing the outcome; nevertheless I recommend it unreservedly. James Mace has evidently done his research and provides a convincing story, although I retain a certain British scepticism as in my experience most Americans have an inbuilt tendency to believe in themselves. Buy this book, you will learn much about "... a soldier of France"