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In the theatre of war there can only be one victor.... 

August 25, 1689

The English Army is besieging Carrickfergus in Ireland. Brilliant but unusual gunner Holcroft Blood of the Royal Train of Artillery is ready to unleash his cannons on the rebellious forces of deposed Catholic monarch James II. But this is more than war for Captain Blood; a lust for private vengeance burns within him.

French intelligence agent Henri d'Erloncourt has come across the seas to foment rebellion against William of Orange, the newly installed Dutch ruler of England, Scotland and Ireland. But Henri's true mission is not to aid the suffering of the Irish but to serve the interests of his master, Louis le Grand.

Michael 'Galloping' Hogan, brigand, boozer and despoiler of Protestant farms, strives to defend his native land - and make a little profit on the side. But when he takes the Frenchman's gold, he suspects deep in his freedom-loving heart that he has merely swapped one foreign overlord for another.

July 1, 1690

On the banks of the River Boyne, on a fateful, scorching hot day, two armies clash in bloody battle - Protestant against Catholic - in an epic struggle for mastery of Ireland. And, when the slaughter is over and the smoke finally clears, for these three men, nothing will ever be the same again....

©2019 Angus Donald (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Thirsting for Blood!

I don't think of myself as a violent man but I seem to be developing a taste for Blood, Holcroft Blood that is! Angus Donald seems to have done it again, I think he wrote one of the best ever re-tellings of the Robin Hood legend and in Blood he has plucked another delicious character to savour from out of the very history books themselves. This is larger than life stuff of course and as Donald explains at the end Blood is a great subject as his career saw a lot of action. I must say a word for David Thorpe though, I've listened to a fair bit of his narration over the years and I think that this is one of his finest performances yet. The huge characters roar their lines, the evil slimy toads of characters are suitably oily and wheezy and the big Irishmen are suitably larger than life. He really does inject another level of vim into what is already a great tale of fighting men. This is stirring stuff and should keep most fans of historic military fiction happy and I do like it when authors give historical notes at the end so that you can picture how fact and fiction have been woven together. I don't have any reservations at all about recommending this series.

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All round brilliant listening experience!

I have listened to nearly all of Angus Donald's books. All of the Robin Hood series and all of the Holcroft Blood series. It is amazing to me that the standard has never dropped (11 books I think) and my interest has never waned. This book and the other two in the Holcroft Blood series were also brilliantly read. I think there is something about historical fiction, especially when the facts are so well woven into the story, that makes it possible for the stories to keep going without becoming tired or too contrived. I guess that the historical context goes a long way towards keeping them honest in a manner of speaking. In any case. I have loved them all and look forward to listening to some more!

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Great books as usual

Fantastic mix of history and fiction wound together to bring an engaging and entertaining story . well read and performed also , would recommend all the books from this author

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  • Michael D. Blatt
  • 03-01-20

Excellent historical fiction

This is a very well written book. I have enjoyed all this authors work. The characters are vivid, dialogue both external and internal wonderful. The history is the icing on a very good cake. Cornwell fans will like this.

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  • Kaley Longwell
  • 12-12-19

love this series

great narrating, action filled story with fun characters. strongly reccomend listening. when I got the first one I did it out of like for the author as opposed to interest in the time period, since then I have been in love with the Blood Clan.