Spanish troops must be trained and an enemy seeking revenge over a duel must be avoided in this fourth novel in the Napoleonic War series, from acclaimed historian Adrian Goldsworthy
The year is 1809, and the recruiting sergeants are hard at work, as the British army gathers strength for the next phase of the campaign against Bonaparte on the Spanish Peninsula. Captain Billy Pringle of the 106th Foot, however, has a somewhat more urgent reason to leave the country: having become embroiled in an ill-advised duel with a lieutenant in the 14th Light Dragoons, a posting to Spain would avoid any awkwardness for the regiment. Along with his friend Lieutenant Williams—whose sister Kitty was the cause of the duel—and the doughty veteran Sergeant Dobson, Pringle takes on the task of training Spanish troops to stand alongside their British allies. But what seems at first like easy duty soon turns into a desperate fight for survival as they find themselves besieged in the strategic fortress of Cuidad Rodrigo. For Bonaparte, taking the fortress will be the first step towards pushing the British back to the sea, and the task is entrusted to one of his most daring and successful generals, Marshal Ney. And Ney in his turn has found the perfect officer to lead the assault, a man not only desperate for advancement but also thirsting for revenge—a man whom Williams knows only too well.
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Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His books have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A full-time author, he regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes and has lectured on Roman history in both the UK and USA.Review:
"In this Jane Austen-meets-Bernard Cornwell novel, Goldsworthy brilliantly evokes the reality of life—and death—in the early 19th century British Army." —Daily Mail on True Soldier Gentlemen
"Take a distinguished historian, a long and bloody war against an apparently invincible enemy, and you have a good recipe for what promises to be a classic series." —Good Book Guide on True Soldier Gentleman
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