Book 1 of The Civil War Chronicles
By Michael Arnold
The first in The Civil War Chronicles featuring Captain Stryker - 'the Sharpe of the Civil War'
Traitor's Blood, the first in The Civil War Chronicles, Michael Arnold's acclaimed series of historical thrillers, sees battle-scarred hero Captain Stryker, 'the Sharpe of the Civil War', confront his nemesis.
'Stands in comparison with the best of Cornwell' Yorkshire Post
Once seen in the heat of battle, Captain Stryker is never forgotten. A hardened veteran of the wars in the Low Countries, he has come home to England to seek revenge on the man who left him for dead and scarred him for life.
Stryker is driven by loyalty rather than conviction to serve King Charles's cause. He has no truck with aristocracy, preferring the company of a handful of trusted men, including sometime actor Lancelot Forreseter and his foul-mouthed sergeant, Skellen. But when the existence of a dangerous spy at the heart of the Royalist establishment is discovered, it is Stryker whom Prince Rupert chooses to capture the man before he realises the game is up.
Lightly armed and with only a handful of men, Stryker must journey across a country riven by bitterness and beset by marauding bands of soldiers in a race against time. But unbeknown to Stryker, someone else is also closing in on his quarry, someone whom Stryker has sworn to kill: Captain Eli Makepeace, his nemesis, the man who nearly destroyed him . . .
Michael Arnold lives in Petersfield, Hampshire with his wife and young son. After childhood holidays spent visiting castles and battlefields, he developed a lifelong fascination with the Civil Wars and is a member of Earl Rivers' Regiment of Foote in The Sealed Knot.
You can find out more about Michael Arnold, Captain Stryker and The Civil War Chronicles by visiting www.hodder.co.uk, Michael Arnold's website www.michael-arnold.net, his facebook fanpage at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Arnold/103711729671003, or by following Mike on Twitter www.twitter.com/MikeArnold01.
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09 Jun 2011
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Captures the grittiness, as well as the doomed glamour, of the Royalist cause. — Charles Spencer
I loved Sharpe. I am going to be equally at home with Captain Stryker. — Historical Novels Review
Powerfully visualised battle scenes which can certainly stand in comparison with the best of Cornwell. — Yorkshire Post
Rollicking action and proper history combine in this cracking series. — Anthony Riches