from Austenesque Reviews
Brimming with romance, action,
and drama Jack Caldwell once again delivers a spectacularly epic
Austenesque novel! And
when I say epic, I mean epic! I most emphatically recommend this
novel to readers who want to see a novel about the Brandons,
Bingleys, Bennets, Fitzwilliams, Collinses, Lady Catherine de
Bourgh, the Iron Duke, and Napoleon, with the Darcys in the heart
of it all!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
from Austenprose (03/17/12)
Jeffrey Ward - From Jack Caldwell,
the author who brought us Pemberley Ranch, comes a 3-alarm
war-time romance: The Three Colonels, Jane Austen's Fighting
Men. An amalgamation of two separate novels is often labeled
a "mish-mash" but Mr. Caldwell's unique melding of
the principals from Pride and Prejudice with those from
Sense and Sensibility deserves a much classier description.
The author has possibly
presented the most historically accurate account of Waterloo
in a work of fiction since Georgette Heyer's An Infamous Army, which is noted in the author's bibliography,
and does he pay homage to it here? "Green troops, green
cavalry, green officers - that is what we have here, Colonel!
An Infamous Army, what?" And, I still think Colonel Fitzwilliam's
unexpected but glorious romance is worth the price of the book
alone. Achingly romantic and breathlessly paced, the story
ate me alive with alternating feelings of dread, mirth, tears,
just what a great read is supposed to do. 4.5
out of 5 Regency Stars.
from Debbie's Book Bag (03/21/12)
Author Jack Caldwell combines
two Austen classics to create an Austen variation that will appeal
to fans of historical fiction, as well as, romance. The Three
Colonels features a combination of characters from Pride
and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Caldwell's
unique ability to write compelling, endearing characters serves
him well here as some of Austen's lesser known characters find
their own happy-ever-after's.
Set during the time when Napoleon
escaped from Elba and planned to take over Europe, this book
is extremely well researched and accurate. Caldwell's depiction
of the Battle of Waterloo was amazing. Caldwell uses historical
details in such a way that readers will find themselves both
entertained and educated.
I liked this one a lot. I'm
a fan of all things Austen, but Caldwell takes it to a new level
with this book. His characters are flawless and his style is
classy and forthright. If you are a fan of Jane Austen you
can't afford to miss this one.
I'm giving this one 5 out
of 5 apples from my book bag!
from Laura's Reviews (03/29/12)
This book had me at its
title: The Three
Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men. A book about Austen's
beloved heroes in uniform, count me in! Then I noticed who wrote
the book-Jack Caldwell. Caldwell is the author of the wonderful
Pemberley Ranch. I couldn't wait to read what he had in
store next for Austen's characters. Add to that a beautiful cover
and I couldn't wait to read this novel.
Overall, The Three Colonels
is sure to delight lovers of Austen, romance, and historical
fiction. This book is another winner from Jack Caldwell.
from Books Like Breathing
I loved Pemberley Ranch.
It was one of my favorite Jane Austen Adaptations from last year.
I was looking forward to reading this one from the minute it
arrived in my mailbox. I was expecting awesome battle scenes
and I was super excited that the focus on this one wasn't on
Jack Caldwell writes one heck
of an amazing battle scene. They were extremely detailed and
vivid in imagery. I also loved how Caldwell managed to combine
all of the Jane Austen novels. There was literally something
from every single one of them. There were cameos and mentions
all over the place-it was like a Jane Austen Muppets movie. I've
seen some other authors attempt to bring characters from other
Jane Austen novels into their novels, but none have succeeded
so well and on such a grand scale.
Rating: 4 ½ Stars.