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Recommended historical war books (fiction)

Updated on January 27, 2013

I am quite an avid reader of historical fiction so I thought I would share with whoever is interested the kind of books that I personally enjoy. Hopefully some of my recommendations will get a few people through those lazy winter nights by the fire or something to kill the time when your basking in the tropical summer sun. I have found that you can pick up a lot of good condition books by shopping around charity shops or searching online with sites such as Amazon for some bargain buys with top titles.

The Battle of Waterloo
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Bernard Cornwell's novels chronicling the fictional life and battles of the Napoleonic war hero Richard Sharpe is a very good and engrossing read. The novels span from Sharpe's early career with the East India company through to his rise through the ranks. The books describe how Sharpe takes his Rifle company into many battles throughout continental Europe. Sharpe's courage in the face of impossible odds sees him rise to the levels he could only dream of growing up in the poorhouses of England.

The series of books was also made into a television series in Britain, English actor Sean Bean starred as the soldier Richard Sharpe and the television series is very close to the original books. The author has obviously done his research with the historical settings, and all that is written is very believable. Without giving too much of the plot and story away, Richard Sharpe shows courage, honour and valour on the battle field, and in doing so inspires his men to greater and higher deeds. The Duke of Wellington recognises the importance of men such as Sharpe to his plans to defeat Napoleon, and seeks to test the abilities of this diamond in the rough. Of course Sharpe's social standing causes friction with the elites of that time, and it seems the biggest battle he has is proving he belongs near the top of the military hierarchy.

Richard Sharpe is a true swashbuckling hero who has the women falling at his feet, throughout the series of books he is never short of female attention. Sharpe is not the reckless rouge that people would assume him to be, he is more a man who knows where he has come from but has no desire to remain there. Sharpe is backed up by his friends such as Sgt Patrick Harper, Harper acts like Sharpe's conscience as they form a friendship as tight as blood brothers. I would love to describe more the situations and battles they get in to, but i believe that if you were to read it personally you would get more enjoyment from it. If anybody can think of any good historical fiction for myself or others to read, just write it in the comment box.


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    • Asp52 profile image

      Asp52 3 years ago from England

      I will try and check them out once the Holidays allow me a little more time. Thanks for stopping by!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I enjoy both reading and writing historical fiction. Thanks for this contribution. You might like my Weston Wagons West series of historical fiction family saga stories right here on hubpages. ;-)

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      The Hornblower books are even better...I read them all as a teen and was captivated by the chivalry and honor exemplified during that period...

      You might also enjoy reading some of Irving Stone's intelligent and highly interesting historical fiction such as " The Greek Treasure " about the discovery of ancient Troy by Professor Heinrich Schliemann and his beautiful Greek wife, Sophia.

      The historically accurate Sharpe series is a great read that puts a face to the Napoleonic wars...Larry

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      Asp52 7 years ago from England

      I have seen the Tv series of Hornblower but not read any of the books. I will have to track them down if they are a good read. Thanks Robwrite

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      Rob 7 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      I never read the Richard Sharpe stories, but I love historical fiction, such as the Horatio Hornblower books. Thanks for the information.