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Stryker and the Angels of Death

(A book in the Civil War Chronicles series)
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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.

Praise for Michael Arnold and The Civil War Chronicles
'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)

'Powerfully visualised battle scenes which can certainly stand in comparison with the best of Cornwell' (Yorkshire Post)

'I loved Sharpe. I am going to be equally at home with Captain Stryker' (Historical Novels Review)

'An intensely interesting, plot-driven historical novel of superb quality . . . I found it very difficult to put down until the final page' (Euro Crime)

'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)

"Michael Arnold has caught all of the passion, urgency, fear and exhilaration of men in battle. Not only that, he's writing in a period that he obviously knows intimately and in to which he has breathed new life.' (Patrick Mercer, author of To Do & Die, Dust & Steel, Red Runs the Helmand)

'Mike Arnold hooks the reader with the clash of steel and the roar of gunpowder. Rollicking action and proper history combine in this cracking series.' (Anthony Riches)

A thundering, swashbuckling yarn that will get the blood of all Sharpe fans pumping. And this is a thundering, action-packed debut for Captain Stryker a veteran of the wars in the Low Countries and staunch supporter of the Royalist cause. It is to Stryker that Prince
Rupert turns when he needs someone to root out a dangerous spy in the ranks. But, Stryker finds himself on a collision course with a sworn, ruthless enemy.'
(Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

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Kindle Editions

December 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Stryker and The Angels of Death (The Civil War Chroncles - A Short Story) (Civil War Chronicles)
Author(s): Michael Arnold
Publisher: RMJ Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

June 2013 : UK Kindle edition

Title: Stryker and the Angels of Death (Ebook)
Author(s): Michael Arnold
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   

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