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Of Honest Fame by [Bennetts, M.M.]
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About the Author

M.M. Bennetts, who is married and lives in England, is a long-standing book critic for The Christian Science Monitor. Educated at Boston University and St Andrews, Bennetts is a specialist in the economic, social and military history of Napoleonic Europe. The author is a keen cross-country and dressage rider, as well as an accomplished pianist, regularly performing music of the era as both a soloist and accompanist. More than ten years in the researching, May 1812 was a labour of love arising from Bennetts' deep admiration for the men of that period and their stand against the tyranny of Napoleon in the first total war. It is one of the first works of historical fiction to draw on the eyewitness accounts of the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.

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  • File Size: 1504 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Diiarts (October 8, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CLYO0U
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I read of honest fame in paperback form a little while back, and before I started it I didn't believe that I would enjoy it. Why? Inherent prejudice against the 'historical' tag, I'm afraid. I just didn't think of historical fiction as being my kind of thing.

I was wrong. Good Lord was I wrong! I've read many of the 'greatest books ever written'; from Crime and Punishment, through Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and everything in between, so I feel that I know a good book from an average one.

This book deserves to be every bit as widely read as those 'classics'; it is quite simply one of the greatest achievements by a modern writer that I have ever had the privilege to read. Buy it now.
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I cannot say whether I liked this better than May 1812 or not. Few books get five stars with me. Those that I do give typically go to classics, but they are the ones I will never, ever forget. Both of Bennetts' books fall into this category, and yet they are difficult to compare. Perhaps 1812 examines the domestic side of war, while Of Honest Fame looks at the tragedies witnessed by a young spy. There is a great deal going on, and yet the plot is woven together so well, and each thread is told so distinctly, that one never gets lost. And then, when the tapestry at last reveals what the true story is about HOLY WOW! This is a truly remarkable work. The research is flawless and extensive, and yet it is never heavy handed. Rather, the facts are infused into the story and into the characters with a kind of humanity that oozes from every page. I really love this book. Both Of Honest Fame and May 1812 are books I'll read over and over again.
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For the moment, London is relatively sheltered from Napoleon's war of conquest, but that hardly means the city is sitting idle. Castlereagh's loyal group of spies are traipsing all over the continent gathering information on Napoleon, trying to figure out how to take him down. When Tirrell starts making his way home with important documents only to be nearly beaten to death when he gets there they begin to suspect the threat to their country may lie closer than they thought.

Of Honest Fame is a historical fiction novel, but you don't have to be a history guru to enjoy this book. History and geography are probably my two worst subjects. I have steered away from historical fiction in the past for that very reason. Plus, I feared historical novels would dry and polite and formal. And let's face it, no matter how high school text books paint an event, there's always more to the story than what you read.

I think that is what intrigued me so much in Of Honest Fame. This was not the academic glossing over I remember from world history. I appreciated how real everything felt. The characters were unique and human, with faults and strengths and interesting personalities. As much as I revere Jane Austen for creativity, I have never been completely captured by her characters because they are just too prim and proper. Bennetts is able to capture in this book the nuances of London life in 1812 in a way that makes is seem very familiar and real. Yes, there elaborate parties and different boots for different times of the day, and of course manners and social conniving play a part, but rather than this being the focus, it seems to be more of a façade everyone wears while real life is happening in the background.
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It takes no time at all to be gripped by this book. It is quite beautifully written, and the prose really draws the reader into the excitement and atmosphere of this historical period. There is huge quality here, with a mesmerising plot and utterly absorbing characters.
From the little I know I am impressed by the historical accuracy, and that adds to the rich and absorbing sense of time and place. Within a few minutes of beginning this book, you are walking those streets and breathing that air, awaiting the next fraught, unexpected and exciting surprises.
But there is no need to be a history buff or even a lover of historical fiction, for this book stands alone as excellent entertainment. It is most certainly a five star experience, and I recommend it strongly.
The ending is quite brilliant - very clever writing indeed - and certainly leaves me wanting to read M.m. Bennetts' next book at the earliest opportunity.
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Since this book refers to lives and circumstances mentioned in the other book, it helps to read that one first. Otherwise the references are a bit skimpy.I agree with most of the other positive reviews and will not rehash the storyline already told.

Mr./Ms. Bennetts tranports the reader 200 years back in time with vividly grim descriptions of the horrific effects of war and the toll it takes on humans, animals and the land. The author immersed me in the details of a bygone era with an unerring talent for lushly descriptive phrasing and most especially the verbiage containing an entertaining array of inventive swearing. Be forewarned that unless you enjoy Googling numerous phrases per paragraph (believe me the Kindle dictionary must get tired of reporting "no definition found") it is often easier to simply go with understanding the gist of the vocabulary.

The author does a masterful job of building tension although some of the specifics of spydom strain credulity. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and characterizations.
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