Alaric Bond Review: Acre by Tom Grundner

Grundners fourth book in his Sir Sydney Smiths series starts after Nelsons victory at the Nile and describes the siege of Acre, using both historical fact and the fictional threads that have run throughout his series. It is not light reading: a story told about such a grisly event is hardly likely to be, and several of the key historical characters come out covered in anything other than glory. The pace is fast and captivating however, and some well placed humour and adroit focusing on the fictional element of the narrative make it an enjoyable and stimulating read. An unusually large proportion of the book is taken up by the authors notes, in which Grundner gives more detail about the events and explains why a few had been placed out of context in the narrative.

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