By Edward Marston
The speeding Captain Daniel Rawson – secret agent, linguist, duellist, girls’ guy and occupation soldier – can attraction a woman in addition to he can parry a sword. And if it is extracting details from the spouse of a French common or prime his squaddies in a Forlorn desire, Rawson proves himself worthy to John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, and the accomplice forces as they head in the direction of the ferocious conflict of Blenheim. yet on their march throughout Europe, Rawson discovers he has very assorted camps of pursuers. the gorgeous Abigail Piper, with whom Rawson loved a short flirtation while in London, is decided to get her guy. A soldier couldn’t dare desire for a lovelier distraction, however the battlefield isn't any position for a woman. additionally scorching on Rawson’s heels are the murderous servants of the overall Salignac, the most recent guy Daniel cuckolded. Their directions are uncomplicated – kill Rawson and convey again evidence. an easy order, yet have they underestimated their target?
"Seething with intrigue and choked with swashbuckling heroics..."
Quarterdeck journal, 2009/05
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It was once interpreting this letter that persuaded me that Henry - Sergeant Welbeck, that's - will be correct. It should have come from the man who posed as Will Curtis. The sergeant advised me he had too many airs and graces to function a personal. we are up opposed to a smart guy. ' 'He's smart and cruel. ' 'He's additionally very calculating. He abducted a person whom he knew was once a pal of mine. examine the best way he is deliberate to switch us,' he persevered, waving the letter. 'I need to journey throughout a undeniable in order that he can see me from miles away and cost if I obeyed his orders. that is why i will in basic terms take one guy with me. ' 'There's our answer,' acknowledged Marlborough. 'While you trip in the direction of him, I despatched troops round to the rear. ' 'We cannot be yes the place he's, Your Grace. on the a long way finish of that simple is a sequence of hills. He should be hiding on any of them and, from an increased place like that, he may possibly decide on any flanking flow with a telescope. ' 'Captain Rawson is correct,' stated Cardonnel. 'This guy has no purpose of being surrounded. on the first signal of trickery on our half, he will vanish altogether - and he will most likely lower omit Piper's throat earlier than he does so. ' 'I need to go,' stated Daniel. 'It's opposed to my larger judgement,' Marlborough advised him. 'I'll communicate to Sergeant Welbeck. ' 'Is he keen to accompany you? ' 'Yes, Your Grace - there is no greater guy for the duty. ' 'I hesitate to offer the undertaking my blessing. ' 'With or with out it,' stated Daniel, 'I nonetheless suggest to head. ' 'How have you learnt you could belief this fellow? ' requested Cardonnel. 'There's the scary chance that pass over Piper is already lifeless. Her identify is just getting used to entice you out of the camp. ' 'Then that is a good higher cause to head. If somebody has harmed her in any way,' acknowledged Daniel, thrusting out his jaw, 'I are looking to meet him. he will resolution to me. ' hid at the back of a boulder, Charles Catto surveyed the obvious via his telescope. there has been no one in sight. Frédéric Seurel took the telescope from him and utilized a watch to it. After a minute, he passed the tool again. 'He's no longer coming,' he declared. 'He needs to come - there is an excessive amount of at stake. ' 'Why should still he care approximately one foolish little English woman whilst he can attraction his method into the mattress of a general's spouse? Captain Rawson can choose and select his ladies at will. He will not trouble approximately wasting considered one of them. ' 'Yes, he will,' acknowledged Catto. 'Miss Piper is designated to him. ' 'She's detailed to me as well,' stated Seurel, glancing over his shoulder at Abigail. 'Don't omit your promise, Charles. You informed me that, if Captain Rawson fails to seem, i may have my means together with her prior to I choked the existence out of that stunning physique of hers. ' 'It will not come to that, Frédéric. ' 'It needs to. it really is anguish being so with regards to such good looks but forbidden to the touch it or flavor it. I purely need to examine her to need her. do not you have got that very same fireplace on your loins? do not you've that urge to—' 'Be quiet,' snapped Catto, slicing him off. 'Miss Piper isn't really a few tavern wench so you might tumble within the hay.