Reviews for Napoleon’s Drop
“An extraordinarily good read.
The blending of rich, well researched historical material, covering events across several continents, brought together under an eloquently written and suitably pacy storyline makes this a very decent read indeed. Of interest to scholars of 19 century British /American history, fans of the Napoleon / St Helena story and those who enjoy immersion in well developed and totally credible key characters. A highly recommended read in this, the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death.”
“Napoleon’s Drop will appeal to those who like a novel that combines intrigue, pace and a bit of history.
In this case, it is all the more interesting because the fiction and the history are so cleverly and seamlessly interweaved. It explores a counterfactual that I had never envisaged. Luckily, Michael Fass had the imagination to see it.
The book centres on the possibility of Napoleon escaping from St Helena. Of course, we all know the Napoleon story – he dominated Europe, was exiled to Elba, escaped, regrouped, was defeated by Wellington at Waterloo and then imprisoned on the remote island of St Helena in the Southern Atlantic Ocean.
End of story….? No! This is only the start of the story! And from then onwards it is difficult to know where the history ends and the fiction starts. And it’s like that to the very last page.
The story starts in St Helena but then criss-crosses between England, the United States and back to St Helena. It touches on the 1812 war between Britain and the United States, the para-state role of the East India Company, domestic politics in post Waterloo Britain and the origins of the UK’s and the USA’s secret services. On top of that it is iced with historical anecdotes, side references and bit of passion and romance.
Michael Fass is a great storyteller. Napoleon’s Drop combines elements of C S Forester’s Hornblower, Erskine Childers’ Riddle of the Sands and John Le Carre’s Smiley novels. A grippingly good read.
And it would make a great film!”
PJ – Edinburgh
“This is a must read for anyone with a love of the history of the Napoleonic era. I particularly liked the way in which the author revealed the identity of the plotters and their various reasons for their anti British skulduggery. The story abounds with colourful characters showing the best and worst of the human character! One is kept in suspense literally until the last page. Well done!”
Perfect Covid lock down reading
“A perfect read during the Covid lock down. Conspiracy, suspense and spy craft following the Napoleonic wars. Fast moving and tense with some fascinating characters and agendas. I have 5 historical books on the go but this was the one which l looked forward to relax with and enjoy the adventure in the south Atlantic.”
Reviews for Salute Me When You See Me…
“This is an incredibly genuine and open account of the life of Lt Col Johnny Fass.
The extracts from his diary cut straight through to the emotions felt in the years leading up to the invasion of Normandy.
This book provides a fascinating insight into the excitement and frustration of command. I would encourage anyone looking to follow in the footsteps of Lt Col Fass to read it so that they may understand what being an exceptional leader looks like.”