The Eagle’s shadow


Title: The Eagle’s shadow.

Original title: La sombra del águila.

Author: Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

Pages: 144

Publishing: Alfaguara.

Age of publication: 1993

Theme: historical.


Spaniards who decided to join the French troops under the command of Napoleon before that shot die or rot in jail, are in the battle for the conquest of Russia. When all seems lost, a group of 300 Spaniards dressed in French uniforms, appear from nowhere and between the smoke and the cannon are approaching the enemy while Napoleon and its agents observed from a distance to those brave but crazy soldiers go straight toward death.

But, is that his real intent? To leave the country on one side and die for him who has killed so many people in your country?


It is one brief war work, as so many others written by Pérez-Reverte, it seems like much this type of theme. In this case, the story is set in Russian territory, during the battle of Napoleon who wants to conquer Russia, whatever it is. For this, it has even introduced among his troops to Spanish soldiers, people that have enough apprehension due to their stubbornness to fight against him so that he could not conquer Spain.

This story tells the story of a small group of Spanish soldiers who have gathered enough courage to go head towards the Russian army without more protection than their meat. But the reason is not to conquer the Russian city that stretches before them, but everything from the clutches of Napoleon flee and return to Spain with their families. But when everything seems to go going to ask of mouth, the French Hussars appear and everything is distorted.

The story is written in first person by one of the soldiers who form battalion played life to get closer to the Russians. At first he shook up me a little this narration because he knew many things from sites that did not present this character; but throughout history, I was gradually knowing the why of that knowledge of the facts. The story I liked because, despite the harshness of what is telling, who recounts the events in colloquial language, which uses nearby words, even swearing, making you get a smile although what is counting the death of a partner. Makes you see what many Spaniards suffered after the passage of Napoleon by Spain and who were willing to return to their country, even be in this life.

I recommend this story to all who like history and war, because it has a lot of both. Also recommend it to those who want to throw a few laughs and some that another crybaby while reading it.

Greetings little people!



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