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By Edward Marston

Within the wake of victory at Oudenarde, occupation soldier Captain Daniel Rawson needs to take a number one function within the Allies’ new process - to invade extra into French territories and lay siege to Lille, the ‘pearl of its fortresses’.

He fights along the Duke of Marlborough, whose place and security overseas are threatened via politicians in England plotting his downfall – and through his outspoken and treasonous spouse, Sarah.

Meanwhile, Captain Rawson needs to deal with a brand new rival for his cherished, the gorgeous Amalia Janssen, rescue his comrade-in-arms, Henry Welbeck, and steer clear of catch through ruthless French infantrymen.

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Vendôme was once patently insulted via his choice yet Berwick made no try to justify it. in its place, he produced a letter from his pocket. ‘I bought this from Marshal Boufflers,’ he acknowledged, handing it over. ‘I proposal it may possibly curiosity you. ’ ‘Does it have any touching on our orders? ’ ‘None in any respect, however it incorporates a identify you may know. ’ Vendôme learn the missive. ‘Captain Rawson! ’ he growled. ‘I consider your stating his identify to me. ’ ‘It seems like he’s been as much as his previous tips back. ’ ‘Judging by way of his good fortune, he’s evidently a courageous and decided guy. One has to salute such remarkable nerve. ’ ‘I don’t salute it,’ stated Vendôme, thrusting the letter again at him. ‘I condemn the garrison at Lille for letting Rawson make fools of them. I simply wish the rogue crosses my course back. ’ ‘I advise that hope,’ stated Berwick, sardonically. ‘Captain Daniel Rawson appears to be like the one one that can instil into you an urge to struggle. For that, a minimum of, I’m perpetually thankful to him. ’ He fastened his horse and rode off. Vendôme seethed with rage. during his adventures in Lille, Daniel had had little time to luxuriate in innovations of Amalia Janssen. again in camp, he may perhaps now grasp a second to sprint off a quick letter to her. it might be taken to England by means of the courier in command of the reliable correspondence despatched by way of Marlborough. whilst Amalia ultimately learn it, the inside track will be greatly outdated yet she’d be heartened via the truth that she used to be in his brain. as with any such letters, his challenge used to be what to go away out instead of what to install. an in depth description of his exploits could in simple terms alarm her and he had no goal of stating Rachel Rees in any respect. to take action will require an excessive amount of clarification and he had no desire to arouse even the tiniest flicker of jealousy in Amalia. Recalling the jibe from Henry Welbeck, he additionally saved Estelle’s identify out of the letter. Daniel attempted to sound confident concerning the siege even if he knew – having noticeable the ingenuity of the fortifications – that there’d be no quick capitulation. What Amalia relatively desired to pay attention used to be that he used to be secure and good and looking out ahead to being reunited along with her. That a lot he may write with nice enthusiasm. Having sealed the letter, Daniel kissed it earlier than taking it off to start its lengthy trip. Amalia had saved her spirits up through refusing to think that Daniel have been killed in motion. She informed herself that he was once too skilled a soldier to die at French arms. It was once the careless and the unwary who fell first. Emanuel Janssen sustained her by means of reminding her of Daniel’s striking means for survival, proven such a lot in actual fact in his rescue bid on the Bastille and within the next race to freedom. He’d stored their lives in addition to his personal. Amalia referred to as to brain her later rescue from the French camp. Daniel’s fulfillment on that celebration had bordered at the very unlikely. ‘He’s nonetheless alive,’ she acknowledged, smiling. ‘I believe it in my bones. ’ ‘So do I, Amalia,’ stated her father. ‘Yet you believed the scoop firstly.

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