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By Edward Marston

Returning to camp from a perilous solo undertaking at the back of enemy strains, occupation soldier Daniel Rawson unearths himself stranded strolling with French infantrymen in fierce pursuit. With aid from a neighborhood farmer and the personal loan of a horse, Daniel manages to flee by way of the surface of his tooth. but if Daniel returns to thank the guy he unearths the farmhouse and barn were set ablaze and the farmer is forthcoming dying, it seems that by the hands of English squaddies. 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 After a number of comparable raids on different farms, Daniel enlists assistance from his outdated good friend, Henry Welbeck to aid examine. the entire whereas the treacherous and scheming French Commander, the Duc de Vendome, is turning into hell bent at the trap of Daniel, in any respect at his disposal.

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"A conflict long past undesirable is a brief method 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 skill essential to deliver them to their justice, Rawson has to beat the percentages of being stranded ahead of not just does turmoil smash his fatherland, yet he loses the affection of his existence. "Fire and Sword" is a riveting paintings of historic fiction, hugely recommended."
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I’m a sutler. I keep on with the military and promote to the warriors. It’s how I make my dwelling. ’ ‘Then why did you convey such an curiosity in me? ’ requested Daniel. ‘According to Sergeant Welbeck, you peppered him with questions about me. Are you aspiring to write a biography? ’ ‘Are you the well-known Captain Rawson? ’ requested Higgins, beaming. ‘It’s an honour to fulfill you, sir,’ he went on, delivering his hand and giving Daniel a hot handshake. ‘You’re whatever of a legend within the twenty fourth, I pay attention. ’ ‘And from whom did you listen that? ’ ‘From with reference to everybody I’ve spoken to. the 1st individual to say your identify was once Lieutenant Ainley. ’ The sutler laughed. ‘If ever you do desire a biographer, sir, he’s the fellow for you. It was once the lieutenant who informed me that Sergeant Welbeck was once your friend. ’ ‘That’s right,’ acknowledged Welbeck, gruffly. ‘I used to be wear this earth to ensure that no damage involves Captain Rawson. If I experience any chance – and also you reek of it – then I turn into very suspicious. ’ ‘I don’t blame you,’ stated Higgins, amiably. ‘In truth, i used to be a great deal relying on it. ’ Welbeck blinked. ‘Were you? ’ ‘How else may well i am getting to fulfill Captain Rawson? Now that he’s a member of the Duke’s own employees, he’s out of succeed in of humble folks like me. the single technique to technique him used to be via you. ’ Welbeck was once offended. ‘Are you asserting that i used to be used? ’ ‘I intended no damage via it, Sergeant. ’ ‘And why in case you are looking to meet me? ’ requested Daniel. ‘First of all, i needed to work out in case you have been human. ’ ‘Oh, I’m very human, Mr Higgins, and I’m packed with human failings. for example, I’m very short-tempered while i locate that somebody is attempting to waste my time. ’ ‘Forgive me,’ acknowledged Higgins with a placatory gesture, ‘I don’t suggest to soak up it slow. i wished to place a proposition to you, Captain Rawson. the reality of it truly is that I’m not just a sutler,’ he went on, slipping a hand into his pocket to take out a sheet of paper. ‘I’m anything of an artist, as you can find. ’ Unfolding the paper, he confirmed them a portrait he’d drawn. It used to be just a pencil comic strip however it had discernible expertise. They have been either capable of recognize the face smiling up at them. ‘That’s Lieutenant Ainley,’ stated Welbeck. ‘It’s a very good likeness,’ admitted Daniel. ‘This is simply a initial drawing,’ defined Higgins. ‘I’ll use it to do a portrait in color. I’m now not a true artist like van Dyck, mark you. A caricature like this purely takes me 5 mins and i've the portray accomplished in little greater than an hour. ’ ‘Why are you telling me this, Mr Higgins? ’ ‘I’m coming to that. ’ He glanced on the soldier beside him. ‘Is there any probability for you to cast off my protect? He intimidates me. I’m unlikely to run away. ’ Welbeck gave a nod and the soldier left the tent. ‘Thank you, Sergeant. Having him stand over me was once fairly unnerving. ’ He smiled expectantly at Daniel. ‘I puzzled if i may in all likelihood have the consideration of portray a portrait of you, Captain Rawson? ’ ‘I can’t imagine why you’d are looking to do that,’ stated Daniel. ‘Then you haven’t heard Lieutenant Ainley in complete circulate. He idolises you.

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