- By Adrian Goldsworthy

Beat The Drums Slowly

  • Title: Beat The Drums Slowly
  • Author: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • ISBN: 9780297860389
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beat The Drums Slowly Second in the series begun by TRUE SOLDIER GENTLEMEN the story takes our heroes through the winter snows as Sir John Moore is forced to retreat to Corunna Faced with appalling weather and pursued by

    Second in the series begun by TRUE SOLDIER GENTLEMEN, the story takes our heroes through the winter snows as Sir John Moore is forced to retreat to Corunna Faced with appalling weather, and pursued by an overwhelming French army led by Napoleon himself, the very survival of Britain s army is at stake But while the 106th Foot fights a desperate rearguard action, for the nSecond in the series begun by TRUE SOLDIER GENTLEMEN, the story takes our heroes through the winter snows as Sir John Moore is forced to retreat to Corunna Faced with appalling weather, and pursued by an overwhelming French army led by Napoleon himself, the very survival of Britain s army is at stake But while the 106th Foot fights a desperate rearguard action, for the newly promoted Hamish Williams, the retreat turns into an unexpectedly personal drama Separated from the rest of the army in the initial chaos, he chances upon another fugitive, Jane MacAndrews, the daughter of his commanding officer, and the woman he is desperately and hopelessly in love with As the pair battle the elements and the pursuing French, picking up a rag tag band of fellow stragglers along the way as well as an abandoned newborn the strict boundaries of their social relationship are tested to the limit, with surprising results But Williams soon finds he must do than simply evade capture and deliver Jane safe and sound to her father A specially tasked unit of French cavalry is threatening to turn the retreat into a massacre, and Williams and his little band are the only thing standing between them and their goal.

    1 thought on “Beat The Drums Slowly

    1. I did a bit of speed reading and finished this book in 4 hours. It spent entirely too much time with Williams, Jane and Wickham and not enough on battle. I don't read Napoleonic war era books in order to spend half the book on Williams’s dog-like devotion to Jane. It is unfortunate that this series took a wrong turn and went with relationships over action but at least I still have Sharpe.

    2. This is the 2nd book in Goldsworthy's series of the Peninsular War. Here we find the heroes of the 106th, after their victory at Vimeiro, facing Napoleon who is forcing them to retreat from Spain back into Portugal at the end of which, they will fight at Corunna. We meet the real historical figures of Paget and Moore, and various others.Our fictitious characters continue along in a mostly plausible part of the retreat, though our main POV character does take a little detour that seems brought wi [...]

    3. The novel tells the story of Ensign Hamish Williams, a former 'gentleman volunteer' soldier who had served in the British army's ranks in the previous novel. A gentlemen volunteer could enlist in the ranks and eat with the officers due to his status, but due to either lack of funds or connections is unable to purchase a commission. The major battle in that novel was Vimeiro, one of Arthur Wellesley's early battles in Portugal.In Spain, Sir John Moore is commander of British forces and is sent to [...]

    4. This book couldn't really decide who it what it was about. First it was a book about war. Then it was a developing love story. Then it was about the French. Then about the English. Then the love story. Then more war. The author would be better suited to write screenplay if he intends to dart around between plot points. It also seems like as soon as there was sufficient flow to a certain plot point he purposely halted himself with the intention of writing another book. Instead of letting the stor [...]

    5. One reviewer put it best as, this book has no idea who it is about and what the main narrative is. Is it the war, the French, a love story between a naive girl and a misogynist or a book about one man's struggle amidst it all? The series started with great promise, the new Sharpe, but getting beaten at writing a good novel by Bernard Cornwell is a sorry sight. I think Goldsworthy should stick with writing his historical overviews of Rome or try something new. This series has lost its charm and i [...]

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