Stryker and the Angels of Death (Ebook)
By Michael Arnold
In this standalone short story, a prequel to Michael Arnold's acclaimed series of historical thrillers The Civil War Chronicles, we meet battle-scarred hero Captain Stryker, 'the Sharpe of the Civil War', as a young soldier. 'Stands in comparison with the best of Cornwell' Yorkshire Post
It is the autumn of 1630, and Innocent Stryker has completed his first year as a soldier. But life as part of a regiment of mercenaries is hard and cruel, while the brutal war destroying mainland Europe has shown him horrors he never thought possible. Stryker has few allies, and much to prove.
When his company are assigned an apparently simple task - collect a spy at a remote ford and bring him safely back to his Swedish masters - Stryker seizes the opportunity to distinguish himself.
But unbeknown to the mercenaries, their enemies in the Catholic League are already aware of the spy. They have enlisted the help of Sweden's old rivals, the Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth and, as Stryker's mission goes bloodily awry, his company are shattered by the most fearsome cavalrymen on the continent; the winged husaria of Poland.
In the terrors that follow, Stryker must make his choice. He must run, or he must stand and fight.
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. The three volumes of the Civil War Chronicles are TRAITOR'S BLOOD, DEVIL'S CHARGE and HUNTER'S RAGE, and all are available from Hodder. 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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20 Jun 2013
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Hodder & Stoughton