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April 23, 2013



by James Mace 

(Take note of the cover, magnificent. The back cover is quite good too)

 In February, 1815, after nine months in exile, Napoleon Bonaparte, the deposed Emperor of the French, escaped from the Isle of Elba. Seizing the initiative while the European powers bicker amongst themselves at the Congress of Vienna, Napoleon advances towards Belgium with an enormous army, where the combined forces of Prussia and England are cantoned. The French Emperor knows that if he can achieve a decisive capture in Brussels, it will shatter the already fragile European alliance. Leading the allies is Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington; the venerable British field marshal who defeated Napoleon’s best generals in Spain, yet who the emperor had never personally met in battle. Napoleon knows that if he can draw away Wellington’s chief Prussian ally, Gebhard von Blucher, and destroy his army first, he can unleash his entire might against the British. A victory over the unbeaten Wellington will cripple the alliance even further, as it will then deprive them of both English soldiers and financing. In Belgium, Captain James Henry Webster has finally returned to a line regiment after being terribly wounded at the Siege of Badajoz three years prior. He is given command of a line company within the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, the elite of the British Infantry. A series of indecisive clashes will lead to a collision between the two greatest military minds of the age and the bloodiest single day of the entire century, as Wellington and Napoleon lead their armies to either immortality or oblivion. For Captain Webster, he fights for both his nation and to protect his young daughter in Brussels. Along with the rest of the Guards Division, he finds himself at the apex of the battle, where the fate of the entire world will be decided; at a place called Waterloo.

The author, James Mace takes us through the Battle of Waterloo as the characters, both real and fictional, saw it.  You will see things as Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, the fighting men, officers and their wives saw it.  The author did some fantastic research to write this book.

The story goes through the lives of the soldiers, and eventually the battle itself.  The author doesn't bog you down with a lot of information. He mixes in lots of action and dialogues between the characters. Mr. Mace provides a great history lesson on one of the most famous British battles.  You want to keep turning the pages so you don't miss anything the characters do.
If you like battle stories, history stories or just fascinated with The British history, go get this book and read it.  It's a good read and a keeper.  It doesn't weigh you down like some history reads do.

I give this book 4 STARS.

I received a complimentary copy of I STOOD WITH WELLINGTON, by the author, JAMES MACE for this unbiased review.

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