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The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour by David Ebsworth *Giveaway*

Author David Ebsworth

on Tour
January 26-February 4

The last campaign coverThe Last Campaign of
Marianne Tambour:
A Novel of Waterloo

Release date: January 1, 2015
at SilverWood Books

360 pages

ISBN: 9781781323212


Ebsworth dispatches the reader to the bowels of The Battle of Waterloo complete with bloodshed, carnage and harsh conditions. His accomplished and vivid writing depicts battle scenes with such a powerful force you’ll visualize the mayhem and madness ensuing before your very eyes as well as the remnants left behind – squinting your eyes closed as blood spills from the pages. The drama takes on a life of its own, far from theatrical, you’re as near to combat a civilian can be from the safety of their armchair. Affecting, especially given he explores this historical battle from the ‘rears’ focusing on two incredible female protagonists. The brutality of war is graphic adding to the narrative, the trenches are unkind as we experience in his interpretation addressing mental, emotional along with physical demands battle claims.

Selecting two amazing female characters create an unforgettable force. Learning of their experiences, their reasons for joining the campaign, their thoughts and feelings exposed and explored as they are amidst and bear witness to the cruelty and butchery. Ebsworth is detailed covering all angles, an intimate account of females embroiled in battle yet showing their strength and vulnerability as women.

“She had simply been Marie, or maybe Anne, back at the beginning. But by the time both she and the Revolution were three years old, the name Marianne had come to symbolise the entire Republic. The folk of Provence sang of “Marianne’s Cure”, a hymn to Liberty and Reason. And there were legends. About the woman of the barricades, wearing red cap and clogs, pike and musket in hand, leading the common people to their destiny.”

Masterfully crafted, balanced perfectly between the ravages of battle and the emotional investment the reader with honor the two formidable female protagonists plucking at your heartstrings. Excellent delving into a historical event portrayed from the ‘rears’ through their eyes, actions, sacrifices and suffering, the toughness of women examined and presented in an indelible manner. A grandiose historical event delivered in animated form by a skilled author. Looking forward to more of David Ebsworth’s stellar genius.



June 1815. Bonaparte has returned from Elba and marches with his army to defeat the Prussian and English enemies of France. Within his ranks is Marianne Tambour, a battle-weary canteen mistress for a battalion of the Imperial Guard’s Foot Grenadiers. Just one of the many cantinières who provide the lads with their brandy and home comforts, both in camp and also in the thick of the fight.

Marianne is determined that, after this one last campaign, she will make a new life for herself and her young daughter, since neither of them has ever known anything but the rigours of warfare. But she has not reckoned on the complications that will arise from a chance encounter with another of the army’s women, Liberté Dumont – Dragoon trooper and sometimes spy for the Machiavellian French Minister of Police, Fouché. And Marianne wonders what she really wants, this hawk-faced trooper with her visions, dreams and fancies.

Yet, for now, Liberté Dumont is the least of Marianne’s worries. Her position as canteen mistress has not been easily won and she has made enemies in the process. Lethal enemies. And creating a new life, breaking with the army, needs money. Lots of money. So when Hawk-face Dumont accidentally provides an opening for Marianne to rid herself of a dangerous rival and also extends the possibility of fortunes to be made, it looks like an opportunity too good to be refused.

The battles that both women must survive, however, at Ligny and Quatre Bras, create their own problems. The closer they come to the English Goddams, the more Marianne is haunted by the memory of the way her adopted mother was butchered at their hands just a few years earlier, in Spain. Thoughts of revenge torment her, distract her from her goals. But her daughter’s capture by the Prussians, and Liberté Dumont’s help in the quest to find the girl creates new and very different bonds, between mother and daughter, and between the two women themselves.

The climax will take place on the blood-soaked fields of Waterloo, where Marianne Tambour and Liberté Dumont must each confront their deadliest foes, their worst nightmares, find answers to the secrets of their respective pasts, and try to simply survive the slaughter. Yet the fortunes of war are not easily won, and the fates may, after all, only allow one of these women to see the next day’s dawn.

David Ebsworth’s story, The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour: A Novel of Waterloo, is based upon the real-life exploits of two women who fought, in their own right, within Bonaparte’s army. (provided by the author)





David Ebsworth

David Ebsworth is the pen name of writer, Dave McCall,
a former negotiator and Regional Secretary
for Britain’s Transport & General Workers’ Union.
He was born in Liverpool (UK) but has lived for the past thirty years in Wrexham, North Wales, with his wife, Ann. Since their retirement in 2008, the couple have spent about six months of each year in southern Spain. Dave began to write seriously in the following year, 2009,
and The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour is his fourth novel.

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  1. Mary Preston

     /  January 26, 2015

    I can’t recall any books featuring Bonaparte.

    • I might be having a senior moment, but I’m sure there are plenty of Napoleonic books out there. I’m convinced I have read more than a few. This gem focuses on The Battle of Waterloo, along with the women in specific roles In the campaign. Brilliantly presented, highly recommend. Thank you for commenting and visiting, both tremendously appreciated.

  2. I’m on this tour too! Looks like a great book, I enjoyed your review!

  3. Thanks for the review, Melinda, and happy to answer any questions. Plenty of other books out there about both Bonaparte AND Waterloo. But, so far as I know “Marianne” is the only novel written in English and telling the battle’s story from a French perspective.

  4. thanks for your awesome review, can’t wait to read it myself

  5. I haven’t read a whole lot of historical fiction set in this time period and location, but I have read several of the Sharpe’s series (by Bernard Cornwell). I’m always surprised at how much tech they had back then – rifles, cannons, indoor toilets, etc. If we lost our modern tech, we wouldn’t be living too differently than Napoleon did during his time.

    • Some aspects of the period would certainly seem familiar to us. But the Napoleonic wars resulted directly in the development of many things that we’d now take very much for granted. Canned food, for example. The use of sugar beet instead of cane. The invention of kiln-fired graphite to create modern pencils. The system of public education with which we’re now all so familiar – primary, secondary and tertiary. Treatment of trauma injuries. The first operational submarine. And so on…

  6. Cathy French

     /  January 26, 2015

    I haven’t read any historical fiction featuring Napoleon Bonaparte but I was recently looking to find a biography about him . Interesting fellow he was.

    • That’s a tough one, Cathy. Depends whether you’re more interested in the man or his military career. For the former, Vincent Cronin’s “Napoleon” maybe? For the latter, Frank McLynn’s “Napoleon” or David Chandler’s “Campaigns of Napoleon”???

    • Kara S

       /  January 27, 2015

      I haven’t read more than one Napoleonic novel, as it were, but it was a great one: Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb!

      Thanks for featuring this giveaway and for sharing your insights on the book; they’re definitely helpful to me as I think about reading the book myself.

      PS A new Napoleon biography came out that’s receiving a lot of attention right now by Andrew Roberts. Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0670025321/ref=nosim/librarythin08-20

      • Kara S

         /  January 27, 2015

        PS The whole reason I posted my comment as a reply to you, Cathy, was that I meant to point out the Napoleon biography I mention at the end end of this response to the original post.

      • I’ve not come across that one, Kara. Is it good?? And I suppose I shouldn’t suggest this but those wonderful novels of the late M.M. Bennetts are also worth a read… “Of Honest Fame” and “May 1812”

  7. carol L

     /  February 15, 2015

    Everything I’ve heard about this book has been positve . I look forward to reading it. Never expect women on the front lines. I’d be interested to read her story.On my TRL.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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