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By Edward Marston

Returning to camp from a deadly solo project 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 mortgage of a horse, Daniel manages to flee through the surface of his enamel. but if Daniel returns to thank the fellow he unearths the farmhouse and barn were set ablaze and the farmer is impending dying, it sounds as if 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 After a number of related raids on different farms, Daniel enlists assistance from his outdated buddy, Henry Welbeck to aid examine. the entire whereas the treacherous and scheming French Commander, the Duc de Vendome, is changing into hell bent at the trap of Daniel, in any way at his disposal.

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"A conflict long past undesirable is a brief method 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 normal of the French forces makes use of any skill essential to convey them to their justice, Rawson has to beat the percentages of being stranded earlier than not just does turmoil break his place of origin, yet he loses the affection of his lifestyles. "Fire and Sword" is a riveting paintings of ancient fiction, hugely recommended."
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The place the hell are you, Dan Rawson? ’ stated Welbeck to himself. ‘I are looking to get out of this bleeding position. ’ although he had the canopy of the woods, he may well by no means suppose secure being so as regards to the French camp. His one resource of convenience was once the plentiful offer of food and drinks they’d introduced with them. Crouched beside the horses within the clearing, he munched a few bread and cheese. He’d reloaded the pistol that Daniel had given him and carried a dagger in addition however the guns didn’t reassure him. The wooden used to be choked with wild animals. Welbeck by no means truly observed any of them however the horses have been conscious of any capability chance. from time to time, they’d neigh, turn into restive and pull at their reins. while he heard a noise within the undergrowth over again, Welbeck jumped to his ft and drew the pistol in readiness, hoping that he wouldn’t need to hearth a shot in case it used to be heard by way of any French infantrymen at the highway within sight. The sound of anything scuttling swiftly away allowed him to chill a bit and placed the weapon again in its holster. completing his meal, he brushed the crumbs from his garments then made his approach furtively again in the direction of the line. Welbeck concealed within the thickets the place Daniel had prior hid himself, closing out of sight but in a position to see the line in either instructions. as soon as he’d labored out tips on how to use it, the telescope proved an invaluable reduction. Settling down, he chanced on that he’d simply positioned one knee into a few animal dung. As he was once attempting to wipe off the mess with a handful of grass, an insect stung him at the again of the neck. Welbeck killed it with a slap however it had bequeathed a pointy discomfort. He swore at Daniel below his breath. ‘Why on the earth did I allow you to speak me into this, you bastard? ’ Vendôme studied the papers with curiosity then held them up. ‘These seem to be in order,’ he stated, blandly. ‘Does that suggest i will be able to be published? ’ requested Daniel. ‘Oh, no – those papers are the valuables of Gustave Carraud. ’ ‘That’s my identify, Your Grace. ’ ‘It’s certainly one of them, I provide you. I’m advised that you simply additionally resolution to the identify of Marcel Daron if you pose as a wine service provider. I’ve doubtless that you've got different names at your disposal to boot and that, in every one case, your papers should be expertly cast. ’ Daniel were hauled off to Vendôme’s quarters and was once being held by way of guards. Raoul Valeran, who have been in control of the arrest, was once additionally there, expecting extravagant compliment if now not a tangible gift for his paintings. whilst he was once searched, Daniel had his wallet emptied and used to be disadvantaged of the dagger he was once sporting. His state of affairs appeared hopeless yet he wrested a tiny second of pleasure out of it. at the desk in entrance of Vendôme was once what seemed a great deal like Daniel’s lacking sword. He had hassle in protecting his eyes off it. ‘Let’s get rid of Monsieur Carraud, we could? ’ stated Vendôme, protecting the papers over a candle till they stuck alight. He tossed them to the floor the place they have been fed on by way of flame. ‘That looks after that, i feel. might be you’d be so sort as to inform us your actual identify. ’ ‘I’m Gustave Carraud,’ acknowledged Daniel, doggedly.

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