GREENCOATS AGAINST NAPOLEON by Showell Styles

GREENCOATS AGAINST NAPOLEON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Using the same period and the same war as Midshipman Quinn and Denise the Spy (1963) this eliminates any subsidiary romantic interest and concentrates on fighting action, at a time when there was still a need for independent initiative, and the friendship between two boys. They are Rifleman Penn, a New Hampshire mountain boy who joined up for fighting experience and Ensign Peter Byrd from the Cumberlands and their simpler background as well as their age gives them a common denominator in the expeditionary force sent by Britain to land in Spain to fight the French. Fastfooted Peter is well tagged as the ""flying Byrd"" and in a challenge he not only outruns his opponent but secures a dispatch which will indicate where Napoleon plans to strike. Most of the book centers on a slow crossing through the Spanish mountains to the final battle of Corunna where the boys are not to be separated from the men in courage... Sturdy history, tied together by the scattershot of episodes, in a present-fire for boys who like a realistic reconnaissance.

Pub Date: April 7th, 1964
Publisher: Vanguard