Written with a highly graphic level of detail, one grows to know the characters intimately; experiencing the same sights, sounds, and smells, along with the array of emotions ranging from profound joy to extreme terror. Readers are drawn in to the point that they can feel the misery of freezing rain the night before battle, as well as the overwhelming sense of fatigue and desperation felt by both sides under the cloud of black powder smoke and the continuous concussion of cannon and musket fire.
Though familiar historical persons such as the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte are featured throughout, the story is told predominantly from the perspective of an officer within the British 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, giving the reader a "soldier's eye view" of the battle and surrounding events.
James Mace wrote this story due to its vast historical importance, and because while textbooks about Wellington, Napoleon, and Waterloo abound, there are very few novels in existence. It is through his historical novels that he draws the reader in to different times, reviving interest in eras oftentimes forgotten. Calling upon his own experience as a soldier, he is able to give these types of stories a level of detail and authenticity not always found when reading historical texts.
James Mace has written seven novels, including the series, "Soldier of Rome - The Artorian Chronicles". He lives in Meridian, Idaho.