Fire and Sword

By Edward Marston

Returning to camp from a perilous solo venture in the back of enemy traces, profession soldier Daniel Rawson unearths himself stranded taking walks with French squaddies in fierce pursuit. With support from a neighborhood farmer and the personal loan of a horse, Daniel manages to flee by way of the outside of his enamel. but if Daniel returns to thank the guy he unearths the farmhouse and barn were set ablaze and the farmer is forthcoming demise, it seems that by the hands of English infantrymen. again at domestic in England there's political unrest. Queen Anne’s favour has shifted inflicting the Duke of Marlborough to surrender as Commander-In-Chief. After numerous comparable raids on different farms, Daniel enlists the aid of his previous pal, Henry Welbeck to assist examine. all of the whereas the treacherous and scheming French Commander, the Duc de Vendome, is turning into hell bent at the catch of Daniel, in any respect at his disposal.

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"A conflict long gone undesirable is a short strategy to prove in a mountain of difficulty. "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 deliver them to their justice, Rawson has to beat the percentages of being stranded prior to not just does turmoil wreck his fatherland, yet he loses the affection of his lifestyles. "Fire and Sword" is a riveting paintings of old fiction, hugely recommended."
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Father says that he’ll by no means concede defeat. ’ ‘Failing that, I was hoping that lets construct at the luck of Ramillies in final year’s campaigns and strike into France itself yet, in some way, it simply didn’t occur. We had never-ending disappointments. ’ She smiled unfortunately. ‘I understand all approximately disappointments. ’ ‘Cheer up, Amalia,’ he stated, kissing her at the cheek. ‘Make the main of me whereas i'm right here. I basically have another name to make after which I’m completely at your disposal. ’ ‘I imagine i will bet what that different name is. ’ ‘I need to pay my respects to a different very distinctive lady. ’ ‘You are looking to stopover at your mother’s grave. ’ ‘She used to be born and taken up within the urban. even though she loved dwelling in England with my father, she felt that it used to be in simple terms correct that she could be buried the following. ’ ‘An English father and a Dutch mother,’ she saw. ‘It’s a case of divided loyalties. ’ ‘Which has the enhanced pull on you? ’ ‘Each of them. ’ ‘That doesn’t make experience, Daniel. ’ ‘It does to me,’ he stated. ‘When I’m combating in a British regiment, i think English blood coursing via my veins and a feeling of real patriotism. while I’m right here in Amsterdam, however,’ he endured, pulling her shut and searching deep into her eyes, ‘I think as Dutch as a box of tulips and need to stick right here for ever. ’ ‘Why have you ever by no means remarried? ’ requested the Duke of Marlborough. ‘Oh, I’m a lot too senile for such issues, John. ’ ‘Nonsense, guy – you’re simply 5 years older than me. ’ ‘I’ll no longer see sixty again,’ admitted Godolphin with a shrug. ‘Besides, there’s an insuperable barrier to my ever moving into holy matrimony back. ’ ‘You can’t mourn Margaret for ever. ’ ‘It isn’t simply out of admire to my past due spouse. Margaret used to be a godsend and that i may well by no means locate a person else like her. No, there’s a far easier cause, John – I’ve by no means been completely comfortable within the corporation of ladies. the reality of it's that i believe way more pleased with racehorses. ’ Marlborough laughed. ‘Does that suggest you’d wish to suggest to a bay mare? ’ ‘It implies that I’m a cheerful widower and relieved that I won’t ever need to battle through the scary means of identifying a spouse. ’ ‘Choosing Margaret used to be no longer scary, was once it? ’ ‘That used to be varied – she used to be an angel. ’ the 2 males have been having fun with a pitcher of brandy after an exceptional dinner at Holywell condominium, the favorite domestic of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough. He and Sidney, Earl of Godolphin, have been greater than pals and political allies. After a wedding of slightly a 12 months, Margaret Godolphin had died in childbirth. Francis, the infant son who’d lived, had grown as much as marry Marlborough’s daughter, Henrietta, therefore uniting the 2 households. lengthy commitments overseas intended that Marlborough didn’t see up to he might have cherished of the fellow who, as Lord Treasurer, supplied the significant cash wanted for the continuance of the conflict. so one can do this, Godolphin needed to develop into an adroit manipulator of Parliament. ‘What information of Blenheim? ’ requested Godolphin, stroking the darkish periwig that reached right down to his chest.

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