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  1. Soldier of Fortune
    Soldier of Fortune
    Soldier of Fortune
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  2. Soldier of Fortune

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    Price R486.00

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The dashing Captain Daniel Rawson – spy, linguist, duellist, ladies’ man and career soldier – can charm a lady as well as he can parry a sword. And whether it is extracting information from the wife of a French general or leading his soldiers in a Forlorn Hope, Rawson proves himself invaluable to John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, and the Confederate forces as they head towards the ferocious battle of Blenheim. But on their march across Europe, Rawson discovers he has two very different camps of pursuers. The beautiful Abigail Piper, with whom Rawson enjoyed a brief flirtation whilst in London, is determined to get her man. A soldier couldn’t dare hope for a lovelier distraction, but the battlefield is no place for a lady. Also hot on Rawson’s heels are the murderous servants of the General Salignac, the latest man Daniel cuckolded. Their instructions are simple – kill Rawson and bring back proof. A simple order, but have they underestimated their target?

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Problem with the old idea of judging a book by the cover. Wrong uniform. Wrong era.

Story has too many holes, even after reading it twice we have a man who made it up to a captaincy without purchase who started as a private soldier in the DUTCH army? Stranger things have happened but the back story on the main character is too full of holes to make it believable.

Lacks excitement in the action phases. Has relationship between officer and sergeant (a la Sharpe and Harper) nothing new there.

Worst part overall is the inability to read the book without referring to another source for the background on the places and battles as well as the characters involved.

The war of Spanish Succession may not have been the best backdrop to start out with.

BTW: I majored in British History.
I am a big fan of the Doomsday Books of Edward Marston. I found this book to be an attempt to cross Bernard Cornwall with Danielle Steele. At times it plodded along and I found the heroine in the story quite annoying at times (maybe that was on purpose, i dont know). I wil probably stick to the Doomsday and Railway series of books.Soldier of Fortune (Captain Rawson 1)
This is probably the worst historical fiction I have read. Cheesy, contrived dialogue, predictable plot and little historical detail and what there is of it is wrong. It's laugh out loud bad--literally there were times I was laughing at it.

The only redeeming feature is he writes about a period rarely covered in HF, the War of Spanish Succession and his portrayal of the Duke of Marlborough is passable. I prefer Iain Gale's treatment of the same time period but Gale has dropped his Jack Steel series about this war in favor of a WW II series, alas and has added a Napoleonic series as well!

Get it from the library, which is what I do. They're quick reads and worth it if only for the time period, which gives it two stars instead of one.
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