'Has the makings of a fun, Sharpe-like series'
'A swashbuckling novel which I did not want to put down! Arnold's series of 'Stryker Chronicles' are "must-haves" on my birthday and Christmas lists. Along with Cornwell, Samson and O'Brian, Arnold seems to have been an eye witness to the events he describes'
'Mike Arnold has created a fascinating cast of characters . . . I have no doubt that Hunter's Rage will count among my favourite reads of 2012'
'A thumping good read. With considerable skill, Arnold has reached back in time to create a living, breathing depiction of 17th century England. From his vividly described battle scenes to the richly drawn descriptions of everyday life, from the earthy vernacular of its characters to the precise details of military equipment, every last part of this book oozes authenticity. Fans of Cornwell's Sharpe novels will love Captain Innocent Stryker - he's uglier, meaner and cleverer than Sharpe. Tremendous!'
A dark-hued romp, livid with the scents, sounds and colours of a country on the brink of implosion ... impressive.
'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'
'Captain Stryker . . . is being pushed as "the Sharpe of the civil war", but Stryker is a character well able to attract readers on his own merits . . . The novel ends with the Battle of Hopton Heath in the spring of 1643. Many of the most famous engagements of the civil war are still to come, and the enigmatic Stryker's involvement in them promises much entertainment'
'A dark-hued romp, livid with the scents, sounds and colours of a country on the brink of implosion . . . impressive'
'Michael Arnold's Civil War Chronicles have the makings of a fun, Sharpe-like series'
'Arnold throws us into his most vivid and thrilling book yet . . . Crackling with the sound of musket fire and punctuated with the roar of cannon, this book brings the Cromwellian conflict to life in an intense battle of wits and weaponry'
'Arnold is at his best describing real events . . . if you like Cornwell you will like Arnold'
If you like Cornwell you will like Arnold.
At the close of each novel, Mike Arnold reassures us that Captain Stryker will return. The wait, though, is not an easy one and it isn't helped by each book proving itself even better than its predecessor. The Stryker Chronicles brings the English Civil War to life in all its blood-spilt, mud-drenched, gunpowder-smoked colour and noise and it has become one of my favourite series of any genre. Not surprisingly, then, ASSASSIN'S REIGN, the fourth in the series, is every bit as excellent as I knew it would be . . . Don't underestimate the power of this series to get under your skin! It brings history alive
'Heart-thumping action . . . Arnold brings the English Civil War to colourful life'
A thumping good read.