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The Snare

Rafael Sabatini

Book Overview: 

A story of burning jealousy and romance set in the British peninsula campaign against Napoleon. A British officers family is ensnared by mistakes, secrets, and false accusations.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Jeronymo de Samoval was in many things, a very subtle, supple gentleman. His friendship with the O'Moys, now some three months old, had been considerably strengthened of late by the fact that he had unexpectedly become one of the most hostile critics of the Council of Regency as lately constituted, and one of the most ardent supporters of the Wellingtonian policy.

He bowed with supremest grace to the ladies, ventured to kiss the fair, smooth hand of his hostess, undeterred by the frosty stare of O'Moy's blue eyes whose approval of all men was in inverse proportion to their approval of his wife—and finally proffered her the armful of early roses that he brought.

"These poor roses of Portugal to their sister from England," said his softly caressing tenor voice.

"Ye're a poet," said O'Moy tartly.

"Having found Castalia here," said, the Count, "shall I not drink its limpid waters?"

"Not, I hope, while there's an . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Thoroughly enjoyable!

Well written, interesting character psychology and interaction.

I've enjoyed all the other Sabatini books I've read so far, unfortunately this one was a bit of a clunker.

It starts with some praise of Wellington and background information about the Penninsular War. This beginning would probably make perfect sense to someone who was familiar with those subjects, b

There are multiple snares in this swashbuckler by Rafael Sabatini. Set in Portugal, under Wellington's command as he forms a clever trap for Napoleon, this is a tale of jealousy, love, betrayal, and friendship ... all set into motion by one stupid, selfish brother.

I really enjoyed it although the tr

The Snare is set in 1810 during the Peninsular War in and around the British Army Headquarters. The plot is a romance involving dishonour and redemption set against a background of espionage and treachery. Real characters feature from time to time – the Duke Wellington takes an active part in the ta