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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also wrote The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard, a fun and very funny collection of short stories/novellas about a cocky brigadier in Napoleon's armies. A review from Goodreads sums-up the books perfectly:

"Etienne Gerard, hero of France, is the kind of man who challenges a dozen men to a dozen duels (in a row, while promising to spend no more than five minutes with each so that the others are not kept waiting), only to show up late to the dueling ground because he was busy infiltrating a fortified Spanish town in order to end a siege--and then, just so he won't miss breakfast, he offers to fight all twelve men at once. And he fully expects to win."

For props, George Macdonald Fraser and Michael Chabon love these stories, too.

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