December 11, 2012 at 09:06 AM EST
Journey back in time to the Battle of Waterloo with the latest novel from James Mace
December 11, 2012 (MMD Newswire) -- In his latest novel, "I Stood with Wellington," James Mace takes us back to Napoleonic Europe. The story begins with the ending of the Peninsular War and the first abdication of the French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, in 1814. It continues with his escape from exile, return to power, and the famous "100 days" that culminated at the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815.

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.

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