It is 1704 and Europe is at war. 'Take this sword as your own and wear it with more honour than the man from whom you took it'.
With Lord Churchill's words ringing in his ears, the courageous young Captain Daniel Rawson embarks on a dangerous mission to lead his men into battle against the French enemy.
He must succeed at all costs - the future of England is at stake.
The author of the bestselling "Railway Detective" series triumps with this stunning first book in the "Captain Rawson" series.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 413 pages
- Publisher: Allison & Busby
- Publication Date: 26/01/2009
- Category: Historical adventure
- ISBN: 9780749080884
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Review by PilgrimJess
As a fan of Historical fiction I very much looked forward to reading this book hoping that it would be the start of a new series for me. Daniel Rawson is described as an 'adventurer,spy,charmer' so was hoping that he would turn out to be a cross between Sharpe/Bolitho and Flashman but in the end proves to be none of them.We are initially introduced to Daniel Rawson as a young boy who witnesses his beloved father being hanged for treason for fighting to overthrow the King then saving his mother from being raped by one of the victorious soldiers with the soldier's own sword. So far so good. Now fast forward 20 years to find Captain Rawson,a career British soldier,in the bed of the wife of a leading French general mainly it seems to glean intelligence from her.When the cuckolded husband arrives home unexpected Rawson abandons the wife to her fate without barely a second thought.It is from here that the plot seems to go downhill with the author over relying on stereotypes to drive his story. We have the stoic mistress who refuses to give her lover's name when caught out,the vengeful husband, the simpering lovelorn English girl who seems to be able to feint at will and the valiant but always complaining Sergeant Welbeck to name but a few. Then there are large stretches where nothing really happens before the battles are raced through with apparent unseemly haste. Now on the plus side I know little about the Spanish War of Succession and it is obvious that the author has done his research and it is a relatively easy read.As this is the first book in a series I am willing to give him another go immediately so will be hoping for better. Initial report "OK but must try harder".