Michael Arnold - Devil's Charge - Hodder & Stoughton

Devil's Charge

Book 2 of The Civil War Chronicles

By Michael Arnold

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The Second in The Civil War Chronicles featuring Captain Stryker - 'the Sharpe of the Civil War'

Devil's Charge, the second 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', fight for his honour. 'Stands in comparison with the best of Cornwell' Yorkshire Post


England stands divided: king against Parliament, town against country, brother against brother.

For Captain Stryker, scarred hero of a dozen wars, the rights and wrongs of the cause mean little. His loyalties are to his own small band of comrades - and to Queen Henrietta Maria's beautiful and most deadly agent, Lisette Gaillard. So when Prince Rupert entrusts him with a secret mission to discover what has happened to Lisette and the man she was protecting - a man who could hold the key to Royalist victory - nothing, not false imprisonment for murder, ambush, a doomed siege or a lethal religious fanatic will stand in his way.

A Sunday Times Historical Fiction Book of the Year

Biographical Notes

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.

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  • ISBN: 9781848544093
  • Publication date: 18 Aug 2011
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Fans of Cornwell's Sharpe novels will love Captain Innocent Stryker - he's uglier, meaner and cleverer than Sharpe. Tremendous! — Ben Kane
A dark-hued romp, livid with the scents, sounds and colours of a country on the brink of implosion ... impressive. — Daily Express
Michael Arnold's Devil's Charge featuring the battle-hardened English civil war veteran Captain Stryker, skilfully blends the author's own inventions with the real events of 1643. — Sunday Times, Historical Fiction Books of the Year
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