To The Douro by David J Blackmore

Move over Sharpe - Debut Instalment of New 'Wellington's Dragoon' Series Hits the Spot for History Buffs
WEST YORKSHIRE, U.K. - June 13, 2022 - PRLog -- David Blackmore's To The Douro introduces Michael Roberts.  Following the death of his parents, Roberts' decision to join the 16th Light Dragoons leads him on a life of adventure during the war against Napoleon in Portugal and Spain;  and the chance to play a key role for the future Duke of Wellington


Just six months after Bernard Cornwell's decision to bring Sharpe out of retirement after a fifteen year hiatus, David Blackmore's new military hero, Michael Roberts, is a worthy contender to knock Richard Sharpe from his longstanding position as everyone's favourite soldier.

In this debut work of fiction, and first instalment of Blackmore's forthcoming 'Wellington's Dragoon' series, the author uses his far-reaching military expertise to beguile readers with a story that finds his protagonist embarking on a life of adventure, espionage, love, loss and more.

Set against the backdrop of life in the 16th Light Dragoon at the height of Napoleon's invasion of Portugal and Spain, this fast-paced adventure has its origins in military facts and whilst several of the main characters (including Roberts) stem from the author's imagination, other military dragoons, NCOs, and  officers actually served in the regiment, and are known to the author due to the diary written by William Tomkinson, a cavalry officer who served at the time.

The author says:

"The main events in this book did occur, in particular the crossing of the Douro. No one has ever been able to quite explain where the four wine barges came from. Similarly, most of the characters were real people. Michael's story is carefully interwoven through the historic record of events. In addition, the use of the sabre, the management of the horses, the drill used, and the uniforms mentioned are all correct."

About the author:

David Blackmore has a PhD in military history, which has been published as Destructive and Formidable; British Infantry Firepower, 1642 – 1765. He has written three other books, Arms and Armour of the English Civil Wars, British Cavalry of the Mid-18th Century, and So Bloody a Day, The 16th Light Dragoons in the Waterloo Campaign. In addition there are more articles and book contributions than he can remember.

He had a long career with the Royal Armouries Museum, for most of which he was their Registrar, and was heavily involved in the creation of the new museum in Leeds.

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