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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandre Dumas Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The discovery of Dumas’s last, incomplete novel, lost and completely unknown to historians for more than a century, was a literary bombshell. The Last Cavalier is Dumas’s swan song, a rousing adventure that completes his epic retelling of French history from the Renaissance (La Reine Margot) to his present day (The Count of Monte Cristo) by filling in that one vital, dramatic era that was missing: the Age of Napoleon.

A tale of family honor and heroic derring-do, The Last Cavalier follows the fortunes of young Hector, Count de Sainte-Hermine, who has sworn an oath to avenge his Royalist family members’ deaths by fighting against Napoleon. When he is defeated, he is sentenced to serve as a common soldier in Napoleon’s imperial forces. Though he courts death fearlessly, Hector’s daring deeds will change his destiny—and Napoleon’s.

It is rousing, big spirited, its action sweeping across oceans and continents, its hero gloriously indomitable. This newly discovered last novel of Alexandre Dumas, lost for 125 years in the archives of the National Library in Paris, completes the Dumas oeuvre.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Last Cavalier reads like a Dumas classic. James Bond, Indiana Jones, and many others owe a deep debt to Dumas, who stuffs his tales with thrilling exploits and exotic locales. No one with a pulse will be able to resist Dumas's lost classic.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “It’s absolutely wonderful. I finished The Last Cavalier in a day. These 800 pages almost turn themselves. Alexander Dumas remains, now as ever, the Napoleon of storytellers.”

    Michael Dirda, Washington Post, a Top Ten Book for 2007

  • “A hit from the vaults: Dumas pere’s final work—a grand tale of adventure. A big book, and a pleasure for anyone who thrills at the likes of D’Artagnan and company.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Wonderfully vivid and intelligent! I am delighted it has been rediscovered, and delighted to find that so much of Dumas’ magic still exerts its spell in this work from his last years.”


  • “Dumas deserves to be read alongside Dickens and Tolstoy as an influential, enduring writer! The Last Cavalier is pure, distilled Dumas in its conception, its obsessions and in its art.”

    Glasgow Herald

  • “Reviews have been unanimous in praising The Last Cavalier: The novel is a reminder that readers are always willing to make time for epic storytelling when the narrative is in the hands of a master.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Vintage Dumas…enough adventure and intrigue to satisfy the most demanding reader.”

    Library Journal

  • “[This] is the rousing tale of Hector, Compte Sainte-Hermine…His exciting life is narrated by Simon Prebble…[who] maintains both the breakneck speed of the battles and the thoughtful pastoral descriptions of European countryside…Highly recommended for its admirable main character.”

    SoundCommentary.com (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul Callister | 2/6/2014

    " This is Dumas's lost novel. Pretty good for a historical novel for the info about Napoleon. The protagonist was too idealized for me--he could out shoot, out fence, be stronger, be more gallant, and was more handsome than anyone else. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mike | 2/2/2014

    " Pushed as the last lost book by Dumas. Was OK, but too historical for me - not interested in that era or those people. Didn't finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Miss | 2/1/2014

    " I didn't realize that it's really just the third installment in what is essentially Dumas' history of France. Don't go into this expecting your usual historical fiction. Think of it more as a history book that reads like a beach novel. The translation is smooth and sometimes funny but there isn't enough drama to keep me in it for 700 pages. There isn't enough Josephine and really isn't she what keeps Bonaparte from being just another dreary old Caesar wannabe? But what do I know? Have you seen the rest of my books? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/16/2014

    " Dumas does it again, taking a story fantastic all on its own and giving it that extra umph with its mixture of historical back round and settings. Dumas is my favorite author for many reasons, one being the author of my favorite book The Count of Monte Cristo and another being his complex plots and set ups involving many characters. Despite being his largest book The Last Cavalier is engrossing and exciting. The worst thing about this book is it is unfinished, however if you pick up on some of Dumas' foreshadowing you can predict how the story might have been continued if Dumas had not died before its completion. Wonderful story, especially if you are a big fan of Dumas. "

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