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Download Ç An Infamous Army Í PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à [Reading] ➻ An Infamous Army By Georgette Heyer – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk IN THE SUMMER OF 1815 with Napoleon Bonaparte marching down from the north Brussels is a whirlwind of parties balls and soireesIn the swirling sIN THE SUMMER OFwith Napoleon Bonaparte marching down An Infamous Epubfrom the north Brussels is a whirlwind of parties balls and soireesIn the swirling social scene surrounding the Duke of Wellington and his noble aides de camp no on. This was a bit of a mash up part romance with an unpleasantly self absorbed heroine part history lesson meticulously researched and well told The story opens in Brussels on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo as British and allied European forces prepare to confront a resurgent Napoleon The Duke of Wellington is in command of the British troops who are too few and unseasoned Heyer captures the sense of feverish gaiety that grips this city on the brink of war Wellington's staff work madly to assemble troops and euipment by day; then dance til dawn at glittering parties At the Duchess of Richmond's ball held the night of 15 June 1815 the 42nd Royal Highlanders and the 92nd Foot danced reels and strathspeys to the music of their own pipesthe weird sound of the pipes began and the Highlanders came marching in with their kilts swinging tartans swept over their left shoulders huge white sporrans bobbing and the red cheuered patterns of their stockings twinkling in the uick steps of the reel A message arrives for Wellington who plans the next day's stand at uatre Bras and the men take their leave The Highland Brigade came marching through the Place in the first rays of sunlightIn just a few hours those Highlanders would face the French in a battle that would cost the lives of over 8000 menThat was only the beginning and two days later the British and their allies would fight Napoleon's finest in the rain soaked fields outside a small village called Waterloo Heyer's descriptions of Waterloo are moving the glory the desperate courage the chaos the hideous pain of the injured both men and horses It's all there and very real and it was as Wellington would say later the nearest run thing you ever saw in your lifeI also learned a great deal about the way war was fought in those days For example infantry suares like these were remarkably effective defenses against cavalry chargesAs for the romanceI think the book would have been better off without it Lady Barbara Child was so selfish and reckless that even her bravery helping with the wounded could not reconcile me to her Sadly many of the characters seem rather dull including some old friends from earlier Alastair Audley books Not my favorite Heyer but an interesting read for fans of military historyContent rating PG for mature themes and graphic descriptions of warJune 2015 Georgette Heyer group read

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Waterloo raging just miles away civilians fleeing and the wounded pouring back into the town Lady Barbara discovers where her heart really lies and like a true noblewoman she rises to the occasion and to the demands of love life and w. What did I know about the battle of Waterloo prior to reading this novel Nothing Nothing at all I didn't even know who the Duke of Wellington was But thanks to this wonderful masterpiece by Heyer I now feel a lot educated This was just brilliant The main character Captain Audley was in my opinion extremely appealing and the wonder is that he fell in love so uickly with the outrageous Lady Barbara Bab was an excellent character and in true Alastair fashion incredibly notorious but she was so different from the kind respected Captain Audley that I really wondered what on earth he saw in her that attracted him so much except for the fact that she is divinely beautiful but since Audley is supposed to have sense than to fall in love with a woman because of her appearance one really wonders Nevertheless they have a beautiful love story uite à la Heyer and as the war rages and Barbara starts to show a compassionate side I was actually uite in favour of her match with Captain AudleyAs for the actual historical part of An Infamous Army Heyer's retelling of the battle of Waterloo was so detailed so intense and so overpowering that I felt as though as I was right there on the battlefield with the Duke of Wellington who seemed to be everywhere at once without getting hit Captain Audley who had to deliver endless messages through the masses of dead bodies and abandoned euipment and the whole of the Allied forces struggling to hold the line against the French troops Since the battle doesn't happen until about 34 of the book I was beginning to doubt whether or not Heyer meant to describe actual battlefield action and well to be sure it was a lot better than I had imaginedI enjoyed the military descriptions prior to battle very much as well It was great to see how the Duke was getting ready I remember that Lady Worth was surprised at his giving balls and enjoying himself out of office but I don't blame him in the least It must have been very hard to be in charge of the army and I think he needed to go to balls and all that in order to stay sane I liked his relationship with his fellow aides de camp whom he called his family It created such a nice sense of unity and collaboration One could tell that even though the Duke was above them in terms of social classes and military grades they were all good friends and went beyond their employee employer relationshipThat being said however Wellington's strong bonds with his co workers only made it all the sad when some of them died As good as An Infamous Army is it remains a war novel and war novels are wellvery sad I wanted to cry every time an important military died Though his staff fell about him he continued to ride up and down his lines rallying failing troops restraining men who maddened by the rain of deadly shot could hardly be kept from launching themselves through the smoke in a desperate charge against their persecutors 'Wait a little longer my lads you shall have at them presently' he promised'By God I thought I had heard enough of this man but he far surpasses my expectations' Uxbridge exclaimed' It is not a man but a god' Wellington was expected by the Brussels population as some kind of demi god He didn't turn out to be what they had expected when he first puts an appearance at a gathering in Brussels in the beginning Well had all these people seen him fight on the battlefield they would have thought like UxbridgeHonestly people back in the days greatly surprised me sometimes Everyone comes to Brussels before the war when they can be of no particular use but simply want a little bit of action but not too much and amusement and they all FLEE during the war when they actually have the chance to help the wounded soldiers who come back in the city looking for help and shelter Like Lord Worth said ' My opinion of the human race has never been high but the antics that are being performed at this moment exceed every expectation of folly with which I had previously indulged my fancy'

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An Infamous ArmyE attracts attention than the beautiful outrageous young widow Lady Barbara ChildeOn their first meeting dashing Colonel Charles Audley proposes to her but even their betrothal doesn't calm her wild behaviorFinally with the Battle of. I read Heyer for romance This book was not what I expected Too much military and hard to understandREVIEWER’S OPINIONI think it might be better to READ this book rather than LISTEN to it as an audiobook It was hard to understand all the military planning and battle action I needed to see diagrams and pictures It was also hard to follow the various officers’ names by listening as opposed to reading I understand the author did a lot of research in order to be accurate about the “Battle of Waterloo” The narrator spoke too fast for me which did not helpI may be off on my percentages but it feels like half the book is about a relationship between an army officer and a widow The other half is about military planning and fighting the Battle of Waterloo This is NOT for someone wanting interesting and fully developed romantic relationships I never understood what they saw in each other It was just instant attraction at first sightTwo characters in this story Barbara and George are the grandchildren of characters in Devil’s Cub You do NOT need to read that book in advance This is definitely a stand alone bookThere is a mystery about Lucy and her love interest a minor third story I can’t remember how that was resolved or even if it was It needed explanation – or it could be my own bad memorySTORY BRIEFColonel Audley sees Barbara at a ball and falls in love at first sight Barbara is a notorious widow who is unlikeable mean vain and spoiled She is beautiful and loves to flirt She falls for the Colonel as well but her bad behavior causes problems Lucy is sad and we don’t know why until much later in the book The Battle of Waterloo is the second story Colonel Audley is part of the actionDATAUnabridged audiobook length 14 hours Narrator Claire Higgins Swearing language none Sexual content none Setting 1815 Brussels and Waterloo Belgium Book Published 1937 Genre historical military fiction with a side of romance