The Army of the Night

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
It’s 1813. Napoleon’s army has to retreat from Spain to France, but the main pass across the Pyrenees is within reach of the British forces.
In his search for an alternative route, Alaine Bellanger discovers more than just an ancient mountain trail. High in a cleft between two peaks, he finds something very strange — and someone even stranger.
But who can he tell?
And who would believe him? More
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About Paul Collis

Born in Greater London.
Art school in the seventies.
The next few decades spent at ad agencies creating TV commercials in London, Milan, New York and San Francisco.
Some fishing here, some photography there.
Now thinking about the next project...

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PJ O'Brien reviewed on Oct. 18, 2014

This was even better than the author's "The Scottish Movie". If you’ve read that book, you’ll recognize the broad strokes of this one's plot, which played a cameo in the longer novel. The setting and plot were offered there with a jokey nod and a wink, but the novella here is rather a serious work that can stand on its own.

It’s a quick and enjoyable read, especially if you like good historical fiction. The protagonist is one of Napoleon’s agents, though Napoleon himself and the Duke of Wellington play crucial roles. (Well obviously; how could they not?) But the emotional heart of the story centers on those who must kill, and those who will be killed, without either having much say in the matter. This includes men of various nationalities, and a small group of (Spoiler hidden). Seriously.

But it works. It’s pensive, but not a downer. Nor is it gruesome, despite the genre being an odd mix of historical military literature and a nod to Halloween. It’s quite short, and could be read between answering the door for trick-or-treaters on All Hallows Eve. But it could still put you in just the proper mood of contemplation for the Feast of All Saints the following day. As of now, it's free. Why not get it and save it for a full moon or stormy night? Or even just a quiet afternoon's reverie?
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William Akin III reviewed on May 2, 2014

Love historical fiction like this. Fun to see what people come up with. A great one.
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resonant reviewed on March 7, 2014

More, please. This would make a very good novel. Based on the quality of this story, I'm buying the author's other works.
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Jean Braun reviewed on Oct. 4, 2012

I pulled The Army of the Night up on my iPad and settled in for a short read at 7 pm Monday night. OMG. At midnight I let the iPad rest and let out at shout! Whew! The story is gripping, one perfect word leading to another and another. Filled with everything I love – history, terror, action, adventure and mystery – all in a perfect package. Now, I need a nap! Oh, I want more.
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chris street reviewed on Aug. 25, 2012

The extended description doesn't do this tale justice. It ends where the story really takes off and grips you by the throat.I guarantee you won't be able to put it down until the end, and there's even an interestingly moral twist to that. A beautifully crafted piece of work, extremely well-written. Someone ought to make this into a movie. But not one of those hollywood vampire movies. This one has real blood and guts.
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Joey Jones reviewed on Aug. 20, 2012

Great Story. I enjoyed the suspense and characters. I'm usually more of a zombie guy but I may have to start looking into more werewolve fiction.
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