Review From User :
This is one of those lesser known books of great authors that are veritable treasure houses. Sherlock Holmes is undoubtedly a fascinating character in the history of fiction, but the popularity of Holmes completely overshadowed the other equally fantastic creations by Conan Doyle. The Brigadier Gerard stories are one such highly deserving but unfortunately underrated collection.
These are stories that are told by a now old and weary Gerard to his admiring (and perhaps secretly disbelieving) audience about his dashing youth and his career as a soldier in Napoleon's army. Etienne Gerard was, in the words of Napoleon himself, the man with the "thickest head" and the "stoutest heart" in his army. Gerard was a grand young officer, and his dignified bearing, his fearless carriage and his debonair charm won him the respect of men and the adoration of women wherever he went. He now spends his waning years reminiscing his incredible adventures which are a source of constant thrill and not a little laughter. The character is completely besotted with his own talents and charm, and yet his narcissism is never for a moment anything but disarmingly pleasant. His self love can only be rivaled by his stupid but hilarious antics. These tales are ones of old fashioned romance, of thrill and of pure joy and laughter. These are stories that can make you smile amidst gloom and make you enjoy life to the fullest.
Category: Adventure, Classic, Historical Fiction
Having killed off Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle began a new series of tales on a very different theme. Brigadier Gerard is an officer in Napoleon’s army?recklessly brave, engagingly openhearted, and unshakable, if not a little absurd, in his devotion to the enigmatic Emperor. The Brigadier’s wonderful comic adventures, long established in the affections of Conan Doyle’s admirers as second only to those of the incomparable Holmes, are sure to find new devotees among the ardent fans of such writers as Patrick O’Brian and George MacDonald Fraser.