The first book in the Revolutions series looks at the early life of Arthur Welsey and Napoleon. Europe in the late eighteenth century was a tumultuous place, with war and rebellions breaking out on many fronts. Young Arthur Wesley (later Wellington) and Napoleon Bonaparte grow up worlds apart yet both immersed from youth in a culture where a military career is a natural choice for men of ambition. While Wellington is blooded in Ireland and Flanders, Napoleon is caught up in the dramas of the French Revolution and war with Prussia, Britain and Holland. This is well-written book shifts from the life story of one to the other seamlessly, developing the characters of both men, their thoughts and ambitions in life and careers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even though it is over 500 pages in length, I could not put it down. On to the next in the series……….