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Book Title: Death to the French|
The author of the book: C.S. Forester
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Reader ratings: 4.7
Date of issue: August 30th 1956
ISBN 13: 9780304358830
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Rifleman Dodd was a short little book that was solidly OK. Written by the author of the excellent Hornblower series, I had high expectations. After reading the entire Sharpe series I wanted to get Forester's take on the Peninsular campaign. How would Cornwell's later volumes compare to Forester? (My understanding is that Cornwell wanted to write the land version of the Hornblower series.)
The comparison did not fare well ... for Forester. Rifleman Dodd is told from a curiously dispassionate perspective. The narration is almost clinical as it describes the lengths that Dodd goes to survive once he is cut off from the rest of his unit during an English retreat. His logic is cold and passionless as he lives off the land, occasionally receiving help from Portuguese guerrillas and occasionally harassing the French. Likewise, when the story turns to Sergeant Godinot on the French side, the narration remains passionless. It is terrible to say, but I cared little for either character. And that is a problem.
Ultimately an interesting read if you are into this genre of books. The lengths Dodd goes to survive and his drive to harass and confound the enemy doubtless explain why it is on the USMC's reading list (http://guides.grc.usmcu.edu/cprl-p) but not the best book for the casual reader. If you want to read a good historical fiction novel of the Peninsular campaign I highly recommend the Sharpe series by Cornwell.
A disappointed two stars out of five. I urge you to not make up your mind about the author based upon this review. The Hornblower books are fantastic.
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Read information about the authorCecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.
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