2 July 1644. Five armies converge outside York. It will be a battle for honour, glory, and the fate of three kingdoms. And it will pit two great leaders – Oliver Cromwell and Prince Rupert – directly against one another for the first time. It is a day that will change the course of history. Into the cannon fire and musket smoke marches Major Innocent Stryker, battle-scarred hero of the Royalist cause. He must not only lead his men through the bloody horror and outwit his Parliamentary enemies, but uncover foul treachery on his own side. He will need every shred of experience and determination to survive. Marston Moor will be the decisive turning point in the British Civil Wars. This is the thrilling and shocking story of that battle.
‘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
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