General Zeithen of the Prussian army, concerned both about the French and about his and his men's exposed position, unsupported he fears by his reluctant chief and by the British: De Lancey, Wellington's quartermaster-general, accompanied by his new young wife, and desperately juggling his new role, the movements of men and supplies in face of the rapid French advance, Wellington's incessant demands and communications with the allies: Colonel MacDonnell, originally from the Black Watch but promoted to command one of the Guards companies, a veteran and now pushed into the frontline to stiffen the untried troops: Napoleon himself, a great warrior but can he make a comeback after his humiliation before: What is so remarkable about Iain Gale's writing and storytelling gifts is that although we may know the outcome, the reader is completely absorbed by the unfolding drama: Iain Gale has strong Scottish and military roots.
Lists with This Book. Feb 02, Supratim rated it liked it Shelves: It is a nice and decent read! The story revolves around the battles fought in the Waterloo campaign and is narrated through the experiences of four men — all military officials serving in the British, French and Prussian army.
The author has himself stated that the book is not a historical record of the Waterloo campaign but attempts to see inside the minds of the protagonists. The year is and three armies — the British and their allies, the German, Dutch and Belgians; the Prussians and final It is a nice and decent read! The year is and three armies — the British and their allies, the German, Dutch and Belgians; the Prussians and finally the French, led by their emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte himself — have amassed in the fields of Waterloo.
The real battle was between Wellington and Bonaparte. The novel chronicles the events that had transpired during June, The writing is smooth and helps you to vividly visualize the events — the action, the uniform of the soldiers, the surroundings. I enjoyed the reading experience and I felt that I suspense even though I knew the final outcome. I have read other historical fictions around war but this experience was new as instead of tanks, machine guns and fighter jets — the story took back to the time when soldiers wore colourful but impractical uniforms; people used cannons, muskets, sabres and cavalry charge to fight.
This is a war novel; therefore please expect violence, gore, brutality and some romanticized notion of war, courage and honour. To give the author credit, he did try to show the human side of soldiers as they experience fear, confusion and longed to be back with their family and loved ones. Wellington has been portrayed as a genius, which he was but Napoleon has been shown as a petulant man-child. I have no knowledge about Napoleon or his state of mind during the war but he is still acknowledged as one of the greatest military leaders of the world.
Thus, I found it a bit weird.
You know what was my biggest learning from this book? I learnt that it is the poor who always suffers in any country of the world. The author mentioned in the Postscript that officers were rewarded but some of privates who were discharged due to wounds or reduction in army size ended up as beggars due to unemployment. Kings and dictators fought wars for their glory and greed, but it was the common man who was always the biggest loser.
Jun 06, Arlomisty rated it really liked it Shelves: The story focuses on five or six different Generals and commanders during the battle The author did an excellent job portraying what it must have felt like to be in the thick of it during a Napoleonic battle The agony of being wounded I will look Very good book I will look for more books that this author wrote May 21, Gary Wallis rated it it was amazing.
The author pretty much puts you in the middle of the fight and his descriptions of the battle are excellent. The narrative is great and I felt like I was watching a movie. As a matter of fact, I kept looking up the movie "Waterloo" to see the action , as created by the movie makers. This is one great book and I highly recommend it.
So, if you want to exposed to this battle, this is your book. Four days in the lives or deaths of people who took part in the Battle of Waterloo. A reasonable read but not gripping, all the folks in the book are as far as I know historical characters. I would suggest for a better sword wielding novel Sharpe's Waterloo would be a better read, or an actual history of the battle of which there are many. Dec 04, Maurice rated it liked it Shelves: A wonderful insight in one of the most important preth century battles in Europe.
OK, granted, it is fiction, but the way the characters are described and come to live gives me better feeling of being there than actually visiting the battlefield. Jan 12, David rated it it was ok Shelves: The title, of course, is a reference to the Waterloo campaign of , where the Emperor Napoleon was finally defeated for good by a combined Anglo-Prussian army led by Wellington for the Anglo-Dutch army and Blucher Prussian.
This novel tells the story through the eyes of five different characters involved in that battle: While it also involves the battles of Quatre-Bras and Ligny, a ;arge part of the novel - not surprisingly - concentrates o The title, of course, is a reference to the Waterloo campaign of , where the Emperor Napoleon was finally defeated for good by a combined Anglo-Prussian army led by Wellington for the Anglo-Dutch army and Blucher Prussian.
While it also involves the battles of Quatre-Bras and Ligny, a ;arge part of the novel - not surprisingly - concentrates on the Battle of Waterloo itself. What may be surprising, however, is on how much it concentrates on the battle for La Haye Sainte within Waterloo!
Jan 12, David rated it it was ok Shelves: I think the Sharpe's novels are somewhat basic but they are far more readable than this. Keep the Home Fires Burning S. The men were brought to life, and although this is fictional, it is a good history. The agony of being wounded From the eve of the battle to its bloody conclusion, there is defiance, desperation and great courage on both sides.
I must admit, I also found. To be a bit dis. As it's a period of history I'm interested in, I can now say that I've read the book. However, it's not one that I'd be rushing back to: Jul 03, Tom rated it it was amazing.
This wonderful historical fiction of the Battle at Waterloo, Belgium is a wonderful jewel of a tale. Resplendent in both fictional and real characters, Gale actually captures the tone and temper if the battle through research which would make any formal historian stand proudly. Sometimes great historical fiction illustrates those moments which traditional scholarship leaves blank and the best of those pieces and authors are truly gems if great value.
Kudos to Gale and his Four Days in June! Aug 10, Ross Tennant rated it really liked it.
Easy read about the Battle of Waterloo. The men were brought to life, and although this is fictional, it is a good history.
Nov 22, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: This novel is set around the Battle of Waterloo and tells the story from different viewpoints. May 14, Bob Cantrell rated it it was amazing. I have read several books by Iain Gale and this one was just like the other, great in my opinion. The story is about one of the major battles of history, Waterloo.
Although it is a fictionalized account of the battle it does ring true to the events. There are no surprise heroics just men fighting for their countries and the men standing next to them. The details of the battle can be graphic to some readers, but you have to remember that war is a never a pretty event.
This comes out in the though I have read several books by Iain Gale and this one was just like the other, great in my opinion. This comes out in the thoughts of the officers, who observe the total it takes in human life and suffering.