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Napoleon Concerto: A Novel in Three Movements


Please note that Treble Heart Books has gone out of business. As a result, Napoleon Concerto is no longer in print.

Napoleon Lost at Waterloo, Right?

The Napoleonic Wars: the world’s two great powers square off in deadly combat. France is militarily undefeatable under the greatest general in history, Napoleon Bonaparte. Britain’s Royal Navy rules the seas. Neither side can come to grips with the other, to engage and defeat a mortal enemy. The English whale confronts the French elephant with no practical way for either one to destroy the other. Or is there?

The answers can be found in Napoleon Concerto, a novel of how history could have been that reads like Patrick O’Brian mixed with Jules Verne. Replete with authentic detail, filled with vivid characters (many drawn directly from history), with climactic scenes of battle on land and sea, and written with ceaseless pace and energy throughout, Napoleon Concerto will appeal to admirers of Napoleon, history buffs, science fiction fans, and lovers of plain old adventure alike.


“I’ve become gun-shy about reading small press and self-published works, because I generally find them so awful as to be unreadable. Because of this, I put off reading Napoleon Concerto by Mark Mellon for several months. While it’s not a perfect read, it’s very good, and I found myself frustrated by how little time I had allotted to spend in Mellon’s alternate Napoleonic war…I was surprised to find myself thoroughly engaged with the characters, and interested in what all good page-turners should interest their readers in: what happens next?”
–Mike Perschon

“Napoleon Concerto has everything I want from alt-hist romp, with action, great memorable characters, battles, inventions, intrigue and romance…The novel is a page turner that you do not want to put down until its superb conclusion. A highly recommended strong A from me and another great story from Mark Mellon.”
–Liviu Suciu, Fantasy Book Critic

“I was drawn in by wisely drawn characters, especially the Irish rebel O’Sheridane, and the deliciously money-grubbing Robert Fulton…The plot…rolled with action, smart, if sometimes dense, prose and some wicked exciting battles. The thing that really helped was that no matter what the prose presented, the action was spectacular and the intrigue drew me in even more.”
— Christopher J. Garcia, The Exhibition Hall, Issue The Seventh

“The story is an alternate version of history that is quite a good mix of actual characters from history mixed with fictional characters…It is quite obvious that the author…has taken his time to make the details of his story accurate…The story is well written and has many twists along with accurate details that not only make it plausible, but a thoughtful study…Overall this is an excellent book and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read. Alternate history done well.”
–Sonar 4 Landing Dock Books Review

“Here is a book that will appeal to the history buff as well as those who like to read the alternate history genre…This one takes the Napoleonic Wars and makes it a thrilling read…Put this on the shelf next to Harry Turtledove, after you have enjoyed it.”
— The Baryon Review

“The action is fast moving and you will wish to get to the end of the book to establish who wins out in the battle of the two giants…This is a tale which as a student of the invasion story I have often thought of myself, and Mark Mellon has done well to weave it into a captivating story…Definitely a novel worth picking up, and somewhat thought provoking…”
— Keith Oliver, The Adjutant, Newsletter of the Napoleonic Association (UK)

“In this exciting work of alternate history, inventor Robert Fulton joins forces with Irish naval hero Wolfe O’Sheridane to offer Napoleon an invincible French navy, capable of taking on the British juggernaut…Mellon follows his premise to a logical conclusion that nevertheless feels fresh and unexpected…I highly recommend this book for fans of “hard” alternate history that really looks at how things could have been, and what would happen next.”
—Megan Arkenberg, Lacuna, Issue 3, October, 2010.