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Harper, 2011 - France - 522 pages
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Rebellion is brewing in Napoleonic Paris, in the new action-packed novel from the author of the bestselling Ratcatcher October 1812: Britain and France are still at war. France is engaged on two battle fronts - Spain and Russia - and her civilians are growing weary of the fight. Rebellion is brewing. Since Napoleon Bonaparte appointed himself as First Consul, there have been several attempts to either kill or overthrow him. All have failed, so far... Meanwhile in London, Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood has been seconded to the foreign arm of the Secret Service. There, he meets the urbane Henry Brooke, who tells him he's to join a colleague in Paris on a special mission. Brooke's agent has come up with a daring plan and he needs Hawkwood's help to put it into action. If the plan is successful it could lead to a negotiated peace treaty between France and the allies. Failure would mean prison, torture and a meeting with the guillotine...

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User Review  - MikeRhode - LibraryThing

McGee seems to have set himself a task of writing 4 different types of novel within the historical fiction genre. This one was based on French 19th century fiction (Hawkwood uses the pseudonym Dumas) and was by far the slowest of the four. Still readable though. Read full review

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User Review  - eyes.2c - LibraryThing

'Bon chance!' Indeed! Captured by the French in Portugal, and taken before Marshall Marmont, an English Intelligence officer (in uniform) is ill treated despite have given his parole. Enroute from ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

James McGee is the pseudonym of Glen Moy, an army brat who lived in Gibraltar, Germany and Northern Ireland. He has worked in banking, sales, newspapers, and the airline industry, but for the last fifteen years he has been a bookseller. McGee's interest in Napoleonic Wars dates back to his school days. He has travelled extensively in Europe, the United States, Australia and the Far East, but nowadays resides in East Sussex.

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