'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'
'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'
'Arnold is at his best describing real events . . . if you like Cornwell you will like Arnold'
'Heart-thumping action . . . Arnold brings the English Civil War to colourful life'
'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 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'
'Captures the grittiness, as well as the doomed glamour, of the Royalist cause'
'You can smell the gunpowder and hear the cannon fire . . . Arnold's passion for the period suffuses every page'
'Powerfully visualised battle scenes which can certainly stand in comparison with the best of Cornwell'
'I loved Sharpe. I am going to be equally at home with Captain Stryker'
'An intensely interesting, plot-driven historical novel of superb quality . . . I found it very difficult to put down until the final page'
'A fast-moving, exciting novel . . . Forget Sharpe and enjoy the exploits of Captain Stryker in an earlier and dangerous period of history. Once hooked you will look forward to the next in this 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'
'The battle scenes are uncomfortably good . . . the research is impressive and the narrative vivid'
Stirring deeds and a hero with whom we can identify, what more could one ask?
Michael Arnold's Civil War Chronicles have the makings of a fun, Sharpe-like series.
A dark-hued romp, livid with the scents, sounds and colours of a country on the brink of implosion ... impressive.
Fans of Cornwell's Sharpe novels will love Captain Innocent Stryker - he's uglier, meaner and cleverer than Sharpe. Tremendous!