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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Siege by Arturo Perez Reverte

Cadiz 1811. The setting is a new one for me and even the period of history and the details of history involving this part of the world was very new.

A story of history, murder and a thriller plus a very tender love story. It made for a very compelling read. 

I could say that this was a very masculine book with its stories of war and gore, murder and betrayal but at the same time the romance that blossomed between the lady and her corsair was a very moving one.  That it could have no proper happy ending was par for the course but it did not take away from its appeal.

The Spanish city has been surrounded by Napoleon for over a year. The French hope to subdue the Spaniards by sheer force of numbers into submission. That it does not succeed is due to the stubbornness of the Spaniards who are determined not to give in. At the same time a serial killer seems to be let loose and the Police Commissioner has to sort this out sooner rather than later because the city will become a frenzy of hysteria if the manner of the killing of these very young women ever get out.

This story is very quick, very well written and holds your interest throughout. Despite its overall focus on the military the book will appeal to all.

The book was sent to me by Netgalley courtesy of Random House Publishing Group - Random House. Thanks for introducing a new author to me who held my interest throughout the book.

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