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Re: The Siege

Joe McWilliams

I read it not long ago, it being the last non-Alatriste APR novel in English that I hadn't read. Not bad, but nowhere near up to The Nautical Chart and few others. I thought the sea-going parts were a bit weak, and the serial-killer business unconvincing. The author may have been a bit out of his element.

On Wed Feb 7, Tumblehome wrote
>Anyone else read this Perez-Reverte novel?  A few years ago I read everything I could get my hands on by him (I especially liked the Nautical Chart) and then I more or less forgot about him until last week.  Last week I picked up the Siege (Cadiz, besieged by Napoleon's forces) and while I haven't finished it I am quite enjoying it.  Reasonably good stuff on merchant marine and corsair activities, quite a lot of stuff on ballistics (French howitzers and mortars), what appears to be a serial killer, and lots of Spaniards who - at best - are mistrustful of their English allies.  
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