Monday, April 11, 2011
A good read!
I recently finished The Cobras of Calcutta by Grant Sutherland (Macmillan Press 2010). It is 400 pages and the first in a series of novels concerning the "Decipherers" - a group of intelligence analysts ( my description sounds a bit modern, doesn't it?). It is set in 1757 in India. It appears that the series will extend to 1815. The enemy? France of course!!
One of the main criticisms seems to be that the central character, although handy with a sword, isn't a Sharpe or similar character. He witnesses or reports on events, rather than necessarily being at the centre of the action. The fall of Calcutta and the aftermath I thought was particularly well written.
I enjoyed it, but it may seem a bit slow compared to other similar series. And the cover is trash : )