The Prince's Gambit
Major Stryker and the Relief of Newark
By Michael Arnold
A standalone short story, part of Michael Arnold's acclaimed series of historical thrillers The Civil War Chronicles. 'Stands in comparison with the best of Cornwell' Yorkshire Post
'Fans of Bernard Cornwell will love Captain Innocent Stryker' Ben Kane
March 1644, and a Parliamentarian victory at the battle of Nantwich is quickly followed by news that the Scots have invaded, placing the King's northern territories in jeopardy.
Royalist officer Major Innocent Stryker is dispatched to hunt a dangerous spy, the link between power brokers in Westminster and Edinburgh. But after running his prey to ground near the Royalist stronghold of Newark, disaster befalls the mission.
A large Parliamentarian army is massing before Newark's walls and the garrison is out-gunned and outnumbered: its fall would spell ruin for the King's cause in the Midlands. But Stryker knows that the monarch's formidable nephew, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, is gathering his own force to march to the rescue. A contest of arms is inevitable, and Stryker, still pursuing his own quarry, finds himself embroiled in one of the most remarkable episodes of the English Civil War. Amid the clash of steel and the stink of powder smoke, he will need all his courage and ingenuity to prevail.
Michael Arnold lives in Hampshire with his wife and young son. His childhood holidays were spent visiting castles and battlefields but his fascination with the civil wars was piqued partly by the fact that his hometown and region of Hampshire are steeped in civil war history. You can find out more about Michael Arnold at www.hodder.co.uk or www.michaelarnold-net, or follow him on Twitter at @MikeArnold01.
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03 Aug 2015
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If you like Cornwell you will like Arnold — Historical Novels Review
If you love Sharpe, you'll be knocked out by the 17th-century civil war adventures of Captain Innocent Stryker . . . at times this one-eyed veteran makes Sharpe look rather civilised. — Peterborough Evening Telegraph
A dark-hued romp, livid with the scents, sounds and colours of a country on the brink of implosion . . . impressive. — Daily Express on Warlord’s Gold