The fourth Captain Daniel Rawson adventure finds him involved in the siege of Lille, fittingly described as the Pearl Among Fortresses. His assignment is to get inside the town to secure the plans of its complex fortifications. While he eventually succeeds in doing this, he loses his female accomplice in the process and has to get back into Lille once more to rescue her from gaol.
Escaping from the town when the siege guns start to boom presents another problem for him. Dogged by the machinations of politicians back in England, the Duke of Marlborough is also under siege and his health is badly affected.
Daniel's beloved, Amalia Janssen, faces a siege of a different kind. She travels to England with her father to visit Blenheim Palace where Janssen's tapestry of the battle of Ramillies will hang. They are the guests of a neighbouring peer but their attentive host harbours sinister desires. Amalia unwittingly inspires such lust in him that he even hires an assassin to cross the Channel in order to kill Daniel Rawson.
Fire and Sword
This is the third exciting novel of Captain Daniel Rawson's adventures during the War of the Spanish Succession. After returning from a dangerous solo mission behind enemy lines, Daniel is pursued by a French patrol. His life is saved by a farmer who hides him then lends him a horse. When Daniel later returns the horse, however, he finds the farm ablaze. The dying farmer insists that British soldiers were responsible.
Back in England, there is political upheaval as Queen's Anne's favour shifts, causing the Duke of Marlborough to resign as commander-in-chief of the allied forces fighting the French.
When the campaign season resumes in 1708, other cases of arson are reported, apparently the work of British redcoats. Daniel and his friend, Sergeant Henry Welbeck, have to find the culprits then get inside the French camp to retrieve a treasured sword. When Daniel is captured, he comes face to face with the scheming French commander, the Duc de Vendome. He manages to escape and later gets his revenge when he and Vendome meet on the bloody battlefield of Oudenarde.
Drums of War
In Soldier of Fortune, dashing career soldier and ladies' man, Captain Daniel Rawson, distinguished himself at the battle of Blenheim in 1704. This sequel takes him on to 1706 where he is given a challenging solo assignment.
A Dutch tapestry-maker, who has been working at Versailles for Louis XIV, has also been operating as a spy for the Allies. He has now vanished. Rawson is sent to Paris to find him and bring him back to safety.
What nobody tells him is that the man is imprisoned in the Bastille. Somehow he has to be rescued and smuggled out of the city with his daughter, assistant and servant. And if Rawson manages that feat, he will have to take part in the battle of Ramillies then foil a plot to assassinate the Duke of Marlborough, commander-in-chief of the Allied forces.
Drums of War also features a wide-eyed young drummer who quickly learns about the hazards of army life. Adventure, suspense, intrigue, non-stop action.
"An engrossing addition to a fascinating series by a master storyteller."
Contra Costa Times
Soldier of Fortune
This is the first in an exciting new adventure series, set at the start of the eighteenth century and featuring Captain Daniel Rawson, soldier, spy, linguist and ladies' man.
Whether he is extracting valuable intelligence from the wife of a French general or leading his men in a Forlorn Hope, Rawson is a man on whom the Duke of Marlborough can always rely.
Seething with intrigue and packed with swashbuckling heroics, the novel follows the Confederate army on the long, perilous trek across Europe to meet the French and their allies at the ferocious battle of Blenheim.
"An enthralling and accomplished historical adventure."
The Good Book Guide
"High adventure in an entertaining plot."
Historical Novels Review
Captain Daniel Rawson
|Captain Daniel Rawson - series titles:|
|Soldier of Fortune|
|Drums of War|
|Fire and Sword|
|A Very Murdering Battle|
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