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The Prince's Gambit

(A book in the Civil War Chronicles series)
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March 1644, and a Parliamentarian victory at the battle of Nantwich is quickly followed by news that the Scots have invaded, placing the King's northern territories in jeopardy.

Royalist officer Major Innocent Stryker is dispatched to hunt a dangerous spy, the link between power brokers in Westminster and Edinburgh. But after running his prey to ground near the Royalist stronghold of Newark, disaster befalls the mission.

A large Parliamentarian army is massing before Newark's walls and the garrison is out-gunned and outnumbered: its fall would spell ruin for the King's cause in the Midlands. But Stryker knows that the monarch's formidable nephew, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, is gathering his own force to march to the rescue. A contest of arms is inevitable, and Stryker, still pursuing his own quarry, finds himself embroiled in one of the most remarkable episodes of the English Civil War. Amid the clash of steel and the stink of powder smoke, he will need all his courage and ingenuity to prevail.

'The battle scenes are uncomfortably good' Historical Novel Society

'Every last part... oozes authenticity. Fans of Cornwell's Sharpe novels will love Captain Innocent Stryker - he's uglier, meaner and cleverer than Sharpe. Tremendous!' Ben Kane, bestselling author of The Forgotten Legion Chronicles

'Crackling with the sound of musket fire and punctuated with the roar of cannon, these books bring the Cromwellian conflict to life in an intense battle of wits and weaponry.' Press Association

'A swashbuckling novel which I did not want to put down... Arnold seems to have been an eye witness to the events he describes.' Battlefield

'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 Civil War Chronicles have the makings of a fun, Sharpe-like series' History Today

'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' Peterborough Evening Telegraph

'Arnold is at his best describing real events... if you like Cornwell you will like Arnold' Historical Novels Review

'Heart-thumping action... Arnold brings the English Civil War to colourful life' Lancashire Evening Post

'Captures the grittiness, as well as the doomed glamour, of the Royalist cause' Charles Spencer

'You can smell the gunpowder and hear the cannon fire... Arnold's passion for the period suffuses every page' Robyn Young, author of the Brethren trilogy

'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' Ryedale Gazette and Herald

Genre: Historical    

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Kindle Editions

June 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Prince's Gambit: Major Stryker and the the Relief of Newark
Author(s): Michael Arnold
Publisher: RMJ Publishing
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August 2015 : UK Kindle edition

Title: The Prince's Gambit: Major Stryker and the Relief of Newark
Author(s): Michael Arnold
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK