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By Edward Marston

Returning to camp from a deadly solo venture at the back of enemy traces, occupation soldier Daniel Rawson unearths himself stranded taking walks with French squaddies in fierce pursuit. With support from an area farmer and the personal loan of a horse, Daniel manages to flee by means of the surface of his tooth. but if Daniel returns to thank the fellow he reveals the farmhouse and barn were set ablaze and the farmer is impending dying, it sounds as if by the hands of English squaddies. again at domestic in England there's political unrest. Queen Anne’s favour has shifted inflicting the Duke of Marlborough to renounce as Commander-In-Chief. After numerous comparable raids on different farms, Daniel enlists the aid of his previous buddy, Henry Welbeck to aid examine. all of the whereas the treacherous and scheming French Commander, the Duc de Vendome, is changing into hell bent at the catch of Daniel, in anyway at his disposal.

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"A conflict long past undesirable is a short strategy to turn out in a mountain of hassle. "Fire and Sword" follows Captain Daniel Rawson as he flees the pressures of the French forces in early eighteenth century Europe. As a nefarious basic of the French forces makes use of any capability essential to carry them to their justice, Rawson has to beat the chances of being stranded sooner than not just does turmoil break his place of origin, yet he loses the affection of his existence. "Fire and Sword" is a riveting paintings of old fiction, hugely recommended."
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Whilst Cadogan married a Dutch heiress, he learnt her local language and used to be in a position to speak fluently in it with Daniel. It introduced them nearer jointly. ‘It should have been a poor surprise for significant Crevel,’ acknowledged Cadogan. ‘To get up half-naked in a ditch, I suggest. ’ ‘I imagine our picquets had a fair higher shock,’ famous Daniel. ‘They proposal they’d captured a French officer they usually carried me off as though i used to be a wondrous prize. think their sadness after they chanced on that i used to be a captain in a British regiment. ’ ‘They must have applauded your audacity, Daniel. ’ ‘They cursed me for no longer telling them the reality first and foremost. ’ ‘Your venture was once a hit, that’s the most factor. ’ ‘Yes, I anticipated to be there for days prior to I gleaned whatever that i may report to you. It used to be natural happenstance that info fell into my palms on that first evening. ’ ‘There’s that modesty creeping in again,’ saw Cadogan. ‘Nothing on your lifestyles happens accidentally, Daniel. You’re the main planned person I’ve ever met. You went there looking for intelligence and, by means of Jove, you came upon it immediately. Your mystery was once to choose the fitting guy. ’ ‘It used to be a case of in vino veritas. ’ ‘None people is proof against the seductive energy of the grape. ’ ‘As a wine merchant,’ stated Daniel, taking a sip earlier than retaining up his glass, ‘I’m susceptible to agree. ’ Cadogan laughed back. regardless of his weight and girth, he used to be fairly in his aspect whilst fixed and loved not anything greater than prime his cavalry into conflict. Daniel had visible and in demand his fearlessness in motion. yet he additionally popular Cadogan’s skill to hold an entire variety of obligations so frivolously. right here was once the fellow who drew up the order of conflict for the accomplice military, taking account of the differing priorities of a number of the international locations and with the intention that commanders among whom there has been friction have been saved good aside. Soldier, diplomat, spymaster, gambler and quartermaster, Cadogan radiated lifestyles. Daniel discovered it a excitement to be in his corporation. ‘What you’ve instructed me accords with my very own instincts,’ acknowledged Cadogan. ‘I sensed that Burgundy used to be a whole beginner. Why march in the direction of Brussels while he may well try our horse close to Huy? That’s the path he could be taking. ’ ‘It’s precisely what the duc de Vendôme suggested,’ stated Daniel, ‘but he used to be overruled. His plan was once to put siege to Huy. ’ ‘That’s simply because he’s an skilled soldier. It needs to be galling for him to need to take heed to a posturing ninny like Burgundy. I’ll bet that the pair of them have a few infrequent previous arguments. ’ ‘Vendôme is understood for his blunt speech. ’ Cadogan chuckled. ‘That’s now not all he’s identified for! If rumours are right, he has a flavor for beautiful younger officials. ’ ‘Then significant Crevel is secure from his attentions,’ acknowledged Daniel with a smile. ‘Even his personal mom may by no means describe him as lovely. After an evening in a ditch, he should have appeared a sorry sight. ’ The duc de Vendôme learn the document with collecting fury. whilst he’d accomplished, he tossed it at the floor in disgust then rounded on Lieutenant Valeran who was once by myself with him within the tent.

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