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At Aboukir and Acre A Story of Napoleon's Invasion of Egypt Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B0082PTZDI
- Publication date : May 11, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 694 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 243 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1511876654
- Lending : Enabled
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Edgar stayed two weeks at the Oasis, we then see Sidi and Edgar watching the fleet, the French were also due, if they arrived first Edgars father was to leave for England, the French had captured Malta, Nelson sailed to stop them reaching Egypt but failed, the French landed and Edgar could not reach his father so stayed with Sidis tribe, the French took Alexandria, the Sheik with Edgar moved to Cairo, the French occupied Rosetta and sailed the Nile to Damanhour, any Frenchman lagging was killed, the French arrived at Chubreisse and the Marmelukes attacked them but were outfought, the French beat all that opposed them, the English arrived and gave battle to the French fleet, the English won, Cairo revolted, battling in the city with the Sheik and Sisi Edgar is unhorsed, he watches as thousands of Arabs take refuge in a Mosque and all are massacred, Edgar finds the Sheik wounded and carries him away, there is no sign of Sidi
As the story continues Edgar manages to rescue Sidi from the French, Edgar heads for England, on his way he is taken on by an English ship, Napoleon heads for Syria, he can not look after all his prisoners so kills them all, Edgar and the ship he is on sail to help in the defence of Acre, there are desperate hand to hand battles, Edgar is given a post on a gun ship to sail against pirates threatening the area, they capture many ship and cargos, now you must read on to find out how Edgar fares in the battles to follow
My Verdict, not bad, worth a read
This tale was first published in 1899. Having saved the life of the son of an Arab chief, the young protagonist is taken into the tribe, has a part in the battle of the Pyramids and the revolt at Cairo. He is an eye-witness of the famous naval battle of Aboukir, and later is in the hardest of the defense of Acre. As usual Henty's battlefield descriptions are generally accurate if a little bit biased but even today give a good account of the action, and are full of the historical details which was the Henty hallmark.
By today's standards Henty's novels are somewhat tame when compared to Cornwell or Gale, but are still pleasant reading if the reader is prepared to put the content in the perspective of being written 130 years ago when the young male demographic had different expectations. If as a reader you are easily offended by Victorian attitudes towards patriotism and other subjects not now considered politically correct then Henty is probably not for you. If however you enjoy a good old fashion adventure with lot of history woven in then these novels are as good today as they were when I first read them at about eleven years of age. Some of the language and grammar may be a bit dated now but should still appeal to the more historically minded 7 - 12 year old or to the adult reader who is perpared to enjoy the experience of another era.
This particular Kindle edition is without frills and generally well formatted, I found only a handful of editing and spelling errors.
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