Saturday, September 20, 2014

Five 19th century adventure books & series

Jeff Somers is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books, Chum from Tyrus Books, and We Are Not Good People from Pocket/Gallery. He has published over thirty short stories as well.

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog he tagged five books and series for old-fashioned adventure in the 19th century, including:
The Sharpe Novels, by Bernard Cornwell

Ideal For: Anyone who gets sick and tired, sometimes, of every hero in a historical adventure being of the officer or aristocratic class.

Richard Sharpe is, at the beginning of his lengthy story, a hardscrabble survivor in a rough army serving in an even rougher time period. From a poor orphan to the sort of desperate soldier wearing a threadbare uniform and constantly at the mercy of superiors who purchased their commissions and know much less about war than he does, he approaches all of his adventures with the sincerity of the desperate, and you kind of love him for it.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue