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Walls of Jericho Paperback – December 8, 2008
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'The immediate detail of Jonathan Hopkins' French versus Austrian battle scene draws you in to Walls of Jericho and holds you there for the duration.'
'Mr. Hopkins displays a thorough knowledge of 19th century military methods, swordsmanship and horsemanship. I found myself quite quickly turning pages as I became involved with the two main characters.' --I Heard It On The Grapevine
'An excellent tale of the Peninsular War told from the cavalryman's point of view. If you like Bernard Cornwell's tales of this period, then you'll like this.' --Books from Boris
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I was pleasantly surprised at how the enjoyably pacy writing kept me turning pages. There's surprising subtlety and compassion in the early depiction of Killen's grandfather grieving for a son lost in battle, and full of frightened love for his teenage grandson as he prepares to turn soldier, too. From then on, however, I found the book more generic--Killen and Lock are put upon by assorted caricature cads, fops, bullies, and Frenchmen before, briefly, Lock is thought by Killen to have died. But their fine British spirit and mutual loyalty eventually win the day, and Lock does so well at war as to catch the eye of the future Duke of Wellington.
On the downside, while the cover picture is attractive, the blurb is a little amateurish: it is slightly breathless and confusing, failing to convey the sureness of the story. There's also a rather labored religious theme behind the title, which I thought could have been taken more lightly. The pace flagged in Part II, in which our two heroes take 50-odd pages to join the army--condensing this would have got us to the wars faster. Part IV is labeled Part VI. Finally, I winced at the mostly incorrect French and Portuguese phrases sprinkling the text. But I would recommend this book to historical fiction fans--and, as the ending leaves the door open to more adventures, I'm rather hoping there may be a sequel soon.
Helen Hollick UK Editor for Indie Published Historical Fiction
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