Devil's Charge (Civil War Chronicles #2)
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Devil's Charge (Civil War Chronicles #2)

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England stands divided: king against Parliament, town against country, brother against brother.

For Captain Stryker, scarred hero of a dozen wars, the rights and wrongs of the cause mean little. His loyalties are to his own small band of comrades - and to Queen Henrietta Maria’s beautiful and most deadly agent, Lisette Gaillard. So when Prince Rupert entrusts him with a se...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by John Murray Publishers
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What a kicker. To have loved the first book so much and then have this book follow it up.
This is a quandary that would face all authors who write a successful first book in an intended series. They realise that having set the bar high, they have to maintain and match the predecessor.
For me, this was not the follow up I had expected nor wanted. For me, this book was the culmination of all the things I disliked about book one (Traitor's Blood which I gave 5 stars to).

All those great aspects of Tr...more
Simon Turney
Devil's charge is a very worthy follow-up on the heels of Arnold's debut 'Traitor's Blood'. It has a slightly different feel to it (as is natural when an author settles into his characters) and yet still feels like a seamless continuation.

A number of characters return to this book in addition to the protagonist, and the cast is augmented by the addition of some stunning new heroes and villains that support or impede Stryker on his missions. Some, indeed, are actually more colourful and impressiv...more
In the first outing of Skryer he was hailed as the Sharpe of the Civil War and where i thought it was a very good first outing,i did not feel you could make that statement on just one adventure.The second venture on to the battle field for Stryker along with Captain Lancelot Forrester,Sergeant Skellen,Lieutenant Burton and of course our lady of the sword Lisette Gaillardia,it now makes that statement one to be reckoned with.Michael Arnold plunges us straight into mystery and intrigue right from...more
Whooo-hooo - blood, gore and vicious fighting - great fun!

No really: although I've read about the Hopton Heath battle, I'd never really considered the fights surrounding Cirencester and Lichfield as being anything other than skirmishes - I know better now!

Arnold has researched well and integrated all that into a detailed (and moving) account of the first months of 1642/3, as well as bringing to life (with all their quirks) all those real people who were involved. The fictional guys are getting...more
Another fizzer from Michael Arnold, the second book in the Civil War Chronicles that picks up where Traitor's Blood left off and sees the Royalist Captain ‘One-eye’ Stryker in the thick of the action, first at Cirencester then at the siege of Lichfield and finally at Hopton Heath.

Lichfield is viewed as a strategically important stronghold situated to the north of King Charles’ operation base at Oxford and the thinly garrisoned and tenuously occupied Midlands. The garrison at Lichfield is command...more
John Salter
If you are a fan of gritty and realistic historical military fiction, then Devil's Charge and it's predecessor Traitor's Blood is for you as much as they and it was for me. Michael Arnold has created a storyline from the English Civil War, with characters that are visceral and real, who's descriptions you can identify with in an environment that easily allows the reader to picture the events he is portraying.

Devil's Charge is full of action and a novel where the author demonstrates that he has s...more
The second book in Michael Arnold's planned Captain Stryker series of books, all set during the time of the English Civil War.

Despite being one of the defining period in English history, it's actually a subject rarely touched upon: when I was at school, we were taught more about the American Civil War than about the English counter-part! Short of this series, I can't - personally - think of any other novels set in and around the same period.

Like Cornwell's [i]Sharpe[/i] series of books, the even...more
Jeff Frane
A fine sequel to Assassin's Blood, this is a taut adventure story rich with historical detail and set in a fascinating era in English history. It's possible that readers in the UK are familiar with the Civil War as a setting for fiction but Michael Arnold's novels are the first this American has seen, and my first exposure to the period in any detail.
Chris F
Another tale of captain Stryker and his friends from Michael Arnold.Not quite as good as the first in the series, due to some continuity errors and the odd place where it take a little effort to suspend disbelief, but still a good entertaining yarn.
really enjoyed this the second part of the on going story of captain stryker and mainly based on siege of lichfield and the battle of hopton heath in 1643 as part of the english civil war
William Carter
A very good follow up to the debut novel in this exciting series.
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Michael lives in Hampshire with his wife and young son. His childhood holidays were spent visiting castles and battlefields, but his fascination with the civil wars was piqued partly by the fact that his hometown and region of Hampshire are steeped in Civil War history.

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