1854: The banks of the Alma River, Crimean Peninsular. The Redcoats stagger to a bloody halt. The men of the King's Royal Fusiliers are in terrible trouble, ducking and twisting as the storm of shot, shell, and bullet tear through their ranks.
Officer Jack Lark has to act immediately and decisively. His life and the success of the campaign depend on it. But does he have the mettle, the officer qualities that are the life blood of the British Army? From a poor background Lark has risen through the ranks by stealth and guile and now he faces the ultimate test....
What did you like most about The Scarlet Thief?
As its mid-19th century British army, and shows things have not improved much since the days of Waterloo
What did you like best about this story?
How the incompetence of the Army commanders shone through. Along with the Hero is not some uber warrior death machine....
Which character – as performed by Dudley Hinton – was your favourite?
Slater, as he got the evilness of the character bang on
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The death of Tommy Smith.
Any additional comments?
Unfairly the hero in this good series could be compared the a certain other hero of a slightly earlier period. Yes I am talking about a certain Richard (You bloody bastards) Sharpe. Jack Lark is different, more moral in some ways. Ok he stole his commission (big plot point ops). But certainly no less a hero. In fact could be said in more than one way he is better. As debut novel its a cracker, rips along at pace and the final battle scenes are fanstaic in the way the horror of 19th century warfare is conveyed, along with how bad the british officers behaved to each other much less the men under them.<br/>Jack lark I shall be hearing more of your exploits without doubt. I have the books just the audio books make work less of a dragg...
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really enjoyed this book! I listen to audio books every day going to work and although I try to concentrate on absorbing the story I confess my attention sometimes wavers. Not this one! its a highly entertaining story with great characters and a brilliant narrator that brings the story to life.
this is a series I recommend!
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. A great hero, exciting battle scenes and an interesting premise. I took a chance on it because it was recommended on Twitter, I'm really glad that I did, I've already downloaded the next three books in the series. A great narration by Dudley Hinton too. I'm looking forward to following Jack Lark around the empire....
If you liked Sharpe then you will like this. Set in thr Crimea with vivid descriptions, strong characters and a gripping story line it's a great read. Only moan is that the sergeant figure from the past surfaces just as it does in Sharpe which, in my view, detracts.
This was my first listen to this series. Hugely enjoyable book with a slightly different take to other historical novels.
What disappointed you about The Scarlet Thief?
I could see the story unfolding a long time before it happened
What was most disappointing about Paul Fraser Collard’s story?
Have you listened to any of Dudley Hinton’s other performances? How does this one compare?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Scarlet Thief?
chapter one until the end
I really enjoyed this fast paced story which grabbed my attention from the first chapter. There is plenty of action and a well developed lead character who is flawed but likeable.
I finished this in just a couple of days and will definitely be reading/listening to the next books. I'm l
ooking forward to seeing this series develop.
Told in the first person..
After the rave reviews I felt a little deflated setting my expectations too high. BUT saying this the reality of the Crimean war shines through, you are there on the battle field, smelling seeing breathing the sheer horror of the era.
I wanted more from Jack or maybe just from the surrounding characters a little more exploration of their lives as a few piqued my interest.,lets just say it's a lot just for one character to carry the whole storyline even though his is a good story with a cheeky ending that made me smile. A solid four stars and I will keep a definite look out for more from this author.