Soldier of Fortune
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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?
"Seething with intrigue and packed with swashbuckling heroics..."
Quarterdeck Magazine, 2009/05
you up.' Holding her under the arms, he lifted her to her feet and kept a restraining hand on her. 'How is that?' 'I'm fine now, thank you.' 'Good,' he said, releasing her but standing close in case she fainted again. 'I'm afraid that your lovely dress has some stains on it.' 'Emily will soon get rid of those.' 'I'll escort you back to her and explain what—' 'No, no,' she said, interrupting him. 'There's no need for Emily to know about this. I'd rather it was kept private.' 'Very well,' he
Charles Catto with an innocuous smile. Noting the bandage around his head, she felt immediate sympathy. 'Were you wounded in the battle?' 'Yes, Miss Piper,' he replied, 'but I came off lightly. My name is Private Curtis and I have the supreme honour to serve in His Grace, Duke of Marlborough's regiment, the 24th Foot.' 'And you've brought a message from Captain Rawson?' 'He sends his compliments and asks if you would be kind enough to join him for a while.' 'I'd be glad to,' she said, a hand
that Abigail disappeared, you've never once used the situation to traduce the whole sex. You've been helpful.' 'I hate to see any young lady in distress,' said Welbeck, 'and there are few things more upsetting than being snatched away like that. The poor woman must be shaking with fear.' 'That's why we must rescue her soon.' 'Did you find no sign of her at all?' 'No,' said Daniel worriedly. 'Abigail obviously didn't have any more handkerchiefs with her or she could have left us a trail to
need to know about the Confederate army,' explained Catto. 'That's why I decided to bring him alive. Captain Rawson has Marlborough's ear.' 'I'll send the Duke of Marlborough both of the captain's ears - along with other parts of his anatomy.' Salignac's threat made Seurel cackle. 'So what have you to say for yourself, Captain Rawson?' 'I can only observe that your wife was mistaken,' said Daniel. Salignac grabbed him by the throat. 'Don't you dare talk to me about her!' he howled. 'Many
and ran across to the riderless horse now looking around in bewilderment amid the melee. Within a second, Daniel was in the saddle, turning the animal in a circle until he saw what he wanted. He dug in his heels and rode towards the plundered regimental colours that were being held high by a French cavalry officer. It was a humiliation that could not be borne. Daniel had to kill two more riders and wound a third before he got close to the captured colours. Though Hessian soldiers converged on the