If you like historical adventure series, you’ll probably like….
– Bernard Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe series, starting with Sharpe’s Rifles, in which our hero rises from the ranks to fight Napoleon on a number of fronts, capturing Imperial Eagles and thwarting French baddies (not to mention that he’s played by Sean Bean in the mini-series);
– George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman series, in which our eponymous hero (I use the term hero loosely; he’s a cad, a rogue and a bounder) carouses from Afghanistan to Harper’s Ferry, always managing to be there at just the crucial historical moment, getting himself both into trouble and out of it again (my favorite is Royal Flash, Fraser’s Prisoner of Zenda send-up);
– William Dietrich’s Ethan Gage series, starting with Napoleon’s Pyramids, following the fortunes of American adventurer and former Benjamin Franklin protege Ethan Gage as he careens around the Napoleonic world, in search of mysterious ancient artifacts;
– and, of course, how could one leave out Dumas’ Three Musketeers? And their thrilling further adventures: Twenty Years After, The Vicomte De Bragelonne, Louise de la Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask?
Which adventure series am I leaving out?