By Edward Marston
We encounter our hero, Captain Rawson, deep contained in the war-ravaged borders of Europe, as he fights along the courageous and resolute Earl of Marlborough in defeating the, self-proclaimed, ‘invincible’ French military. but victory is brief lived, blunted by way of the dissenting voices of the Dutch, who secretly search to strive against the ability and lifestyles from Rawson’s compatriot, Marlborough.
In those adverse and insecure instances, Captain Rawson is termed directly to achieve his largest, so much bold project so far: the rescue of a celebrated tapestry-maker became undercover agent from contained in the fortified Bastille – the delight of a despotic France. Now on my own at the back of enemy-lines, the undaunted Rawson needs to practice all his guile and wit in his rescuing of the popular prisoner and his appealing daughter, Amalia – a fragile lady to whom Rawson’s friendship quickly blossoms into whatever more.
However, unbeknownst to Rawson the French and Dutch have already mixed to devise either the assassination of Marlborough and the reclaiming of his strength. This time Europe is commencing to shut in on him, and it'll take all of his self-sacrifice, ability and sincerity to once more rescue the warfare and the army’s satisfaction from out of the clutches of the betrayers.
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He'd trouble approximately someone being unfairly treated,' stated Dobbs. 'He's that kind of guy. communicate for your uncle, that is all you want to do. do not you need to have Captain Rawson protecting you? ' 'He's now not even the following in camp, Hugh. ' 'He quickly should be, I daresay. Captain Rawson by no means remains away for too lengthy. he is most likely on his long ago this very minute. ' Daniel arrived for his moment evening on the Bastille in a extra sanguine mind set. He knew what will be anticipated of him and, although his tasks have been deeply disagreeable, they weren't taxing. the load on him had eased a little bit. In relocating Amalia and the others out of the home, he'd rid himself of a few anxieties. He now not needed to fear approximately getting Flynn into severe hassle or of arousing Charlotte's suspicions to the purpose the place she might believe endangered. Nor did he need to fear approximately his fees. Daniel had settled all 3 of them in a decent tavern that ensured them a level of convenience and privateness with no leaving them feeling obligated to an individual. Amalia's defense used to be paramount to Daniel. He may now disregard her for some time and focus on her father. evening accountability started with one other trudge in the course of the cachots within the uninspiring corporation of Jules Rivot. If something, the stench used to be more suitable, the rats extra considerable, the cries of the prisoners extra pitiable and the temper of his fellow-turnkey much more morose. Rivot belonged underground. He used to be a human mole going forever from side to side alongside his runs with blind resignation. He used to be now not a creature of sunlight. The subterranean darkness applicable him. It was once Daniel who carried the lantern. Rivot may locate his method round by means of intuition. He basically spoke to offer Daniel a curt command. As a resource of knowledge concerning the different elements of the felony, he was once dead. while the gaolers broke off for refreshment, a few of them slipped away to alleviate themselves, both urinating in a nook or mountain climbing as much as one of many garderobes within the nearest tower. Daniel took the chance to go to the gatehouse. Crossing the courtyard within the eerie mild from flaming torches, he knocked at the heavy oak door. After a couple of moments, it used to be opened by means of a portly guy of heart years. From the way in which that the obligation sergeant rubbed his piggy eyes, Daniel guessed that he'd been taking a snooze. Rudely woke up, the guy was once brusque and unwelcoming. 'Who are you? ' he demanded. 'Marcel Daron, sir,' responded Daniel. 'What are you doing the following? ' 'I have a favour to invite. ' 'You can be on responsibility. ' 'We're having a relaxation, sir. i'm going to return right down to the cachots in a question of mins. I easily desired to discover if what Sergeant Bermutier acknowledged is right. ' 'Bermutier? ' there has been a word of appreciate within the man's voice. 'He was once variety adequate to provide me paintings the following, sir. ' 'So? ' 'I overheard him say that the Comte de Lerebour used to be being held in a single of the towers. ' 'What's that to you, Daron? ' 'I served less than him within the military, sir. He was once a superb commander. If he is the following, i might wish to stopover at him to pay my respects. ' 'Lerebour, Lerebour,' acknowledged the opposite.