- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1163134325
- ISBN-13: 978-1163134320
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rifleman Dodd: A Novel Of The Peninsular Campaign Paperback – September 10, 2010
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This work is notable from three points of view. First, as others have noted it is a military story about partisan warfare, spirit and dedication. Dodd is a model soldier, a wonderful example.
Next, it is a painless primer on the Peninsular War. What was it like? Not too nice. (Sharps's Gold also deals with this war.)
Finally, it is a standalone book by Forester, the writer of the Hornblower series. Those of us who love Hornblower learn more about the author and the art of writing by seeing such a different work.
A good book for the military professional. An excellent thriller for teenaged boys. An interesting sidelight for the Hornblower fan.
The story is one of a soldier who finds himself lost and alone, but carries on, attempting to rejoin his unit while causing the enemy as much trouble as he can along the way. He does so for no reason better than because it is his duty.
While this book has an obvious military theme, I think the underlying meaning is one that needs to be promoted more in today's society. Though Dodd has every reason to give up and succumb to a difficult situation, he perseveres. He "sucks it up" and does what needs to be done- no excuses.
So many today turn away from challenges- in their careers, in their marriages, and so on. They attempt to justify and rationalise, but so rarely do they suck it up. I firmly believe that if more people had the self discipline to carry on- without complaint or contempt, without promise of reward, the world would be a better place.