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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh. I had forgotten that. I'll have to see what I can come up with.

Let's see. I've just read all three books written by James McGee.

His books are set during the Napoleonic war, his hero is a Matthew Hawkwood, ex Rifleman, and now Runner, a constable in London with Bow St his headquarters.

I borrowed the third in the series for my son, who loves historical novels and I fell in love with it. I read the series backwards. The third book first, then the first and second.

Rapscallion is the third in the series and it sent me into the hard facts of life of the nineteenth century in England. How people lived to survive back then was appalling. And the author uses real people and real situations as background for his novels.

Hawkwood is a great character, a hard but fair man, loyal and intelligent, good looking (that always helps) and the intrigues and investigation of his work keeps one captivated.

I highly recommend the series.

Ratcatcher, Resurrectionist, and Rapscallion by James McGee.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just started the Percy Jackson books. Not as good as Harry Potter but enjoyable.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Oh. I had forgotten that. I'll have to see what I can come up with.


Thank you. If anyone wants to do some book reviews, could they open a new topic for each one? It's easier for the reader to find them if they aren’t hidden among other posts. Thanks…

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Let's see. I've just read all three books written by James McGee.

His books are set during the Napoleonic war, his hero is a Matthew Hawkwood, ex Rifleman, and now Runner, a constable in London with Bow St his headquarters.

I borrowed the third in the series for my son, who loves historical novels and I fell in love with it. I read the series backwards. The third book first, then the first and second.

Rapscallion is the third in the series and it sent me into the hard facts of life of the nineteenth century in England. How people lived to survive back then was appalling.

Hawkwood is a great character, a hard but fair man, loyal and intelligent, good looking (that always helps) and the intrigues and investigation of his work keeps one captivated.

I highly recommend the series.


I like books that talk about how people actually lived. Do you know how accurate the information in them are?

These sound really interesting, Ares. I might give them a shot.

If you like Napoleonic, have you read Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe books?

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I just started the Percy Jackson books. Not as good as Harry Potter but enjoyable.


Are they magic ones like Harry Potter?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Are they magic ones like Harry Potter?


Sort of - they are fantasy stories revolving around Greek mythology.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I'll post a new topic next time. Crying or Very sad

Yes, Mcgee uses real people and places and situations from the past and uses them as background for his stories. He has an excellent Author's notes page at the end of each book.

And Sharpe books? My son has the entire collection. Bernard Cornwell is a fantastic writer.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yes, I meant for next time, so don't worry. That was general information for everyone, BTW - and not aimed at you. Very Happy

I must read McGee, he sounds interesting.

I love the Sharpe books, and the TV series, too. Sean Bean is cute, though he doesn't look at all like my idea of what Richard Sharpe would look like. The series has Wesley in it, too!!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the series has Denisof in it, and wasn't he a prat! :0)

I'd be interested in what you think of McGee. It's pretty grim in places, as it was back then. The third book was set in the hulks - the prison ships. Urk! Thank God society - in some places - has evolved since then.
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