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Draw Swords! In the Horse Artillery   By: (1831-1909)

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In "Draw Swords! In the Horse Artillery," George Manville Fenn takes readers on an action-packed journey through the intense battlegrounds of war. Set against the backdrop of the 19th-century conflict, Fenn vividly portrays the challenging and often perilous life of the horse artillery.

The novel follows the gripping tale of courageous men in the midst of war, as they navigate the chaos and uncertainty of battle. Fenn explores the unique dynamics within the horse artillery, providing an in-depth portrayal of the soldiers' rigorous training, unwavering dedication, and remarkable camaraderie. Through compelling storytelling, the author successfully immerses readers in the heart-pounding action, rendering the vivid sights, sounds, and emotions of war in striking detail.

What sets "Draw Swords! In the Horse Artillery" apart is Fenn's robust character development. From the gallant and resolute officers to the green recruits learning the ropes, each individual comes alive through his realistic portrayal. Their trials and triumphs resonate deeply, evoking empathy and admiration for their unwavering resolve in the face of danger.

Fenn's mastery lies in his ability to intricately balance the horrors of war with moments of camaraderie and humanity. He deftly captures the intense emotions experienced by these men, revealing their vulnerability and strength in equal measure. Through his keen eye for detail, the author seamlessly blends historical accuracy with a gripping narrative, creating a truly immersive experience.

One notable aspect of the book is Fenn's meticulous attention to military tactics and the inner workings of the horse artillery. The research behind this novel is evident, as the author weaves valuable insights into the narrative without detracting from the pace or overall story. This attention to detail enhances the authenticity of the book, endowing it with a sense of authority and credibility.

While the plot follows a linear trajectory, Fenn incorporates unexpected twists and turns, injecting the story with suspense and intrigue. A series of gripping battles and close encounters keeps readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly turning the pages to discover the fates of these captivating characters.

If there is one minor drawback to "Draw Swords! In the Horse Artillery," it would be the occasional moments where the pacing slows, focusing on the minutiae of military life. While such details might appeal to history enthusiasts, others may find these sections less engaging. Nonetheless, Fenn's engaging writing style continually holds the reader's interest, preventing any significant lulls.

In conclusion, "Draw Swords! In the Horse Artillery" is a riveting historical fiction novel that offers a captivating glimpse into the tumultuous world of war in the 19th century. George Manville Fenn's expert storytelling, rich character development, and meticulous attention to detail make this book an enthralling read for both history enthusiasts and fans of action-packed war tales.

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Draw Swords! by George Manville Fenn.




"Oh, I say, what a jolly shame!"

"Get out; it's all gammon. Likely."

"I believe it's true. Dick Darrell's a regular pet of Sir George Hemsworth."

"Yes; the old story kissing goes by favour."

"I shall cut the service. It's rank favouritism."

"I shall write home and tell my father to get the thing shown up in the House of Commons."

"Why, he's only been out here a year."

Richard Darrell, a well grown boy of seventeen, pretty well tanned by the sun of India, stood flashed with annoyance, looking sharply from one speaker to another as he stood in the broad veranda of the officers' quarters in the Roumwallah Cantonments in the northern portion of the Bengal Presidency, the headquarters of the artillery belonging to the Honourable the East India Company, commonly personified as "John Company of Leadenhall Street." It was over sixty years ago, in the days when, after a careful training at the Company's college near Croydon, young men, or, to be more correct, boys who had made their marks, received their commission, and were sent out to join the batteries of artillery, by whose means more than anything else the Company had by slow degrees conquered and held the greater part of the vast country now fully added to the empire and ruled over by the Queen... Continue reading book >>

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