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MEET JACK STEEL - GENTLEMAN, SOLDIER, HERO.

In the early eighteenth century, the British army led by John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, were the leaders of a wide-ranging and very successful alliance. Jack Steel, maverick gentleman, superb soldier, was in the middle of any fight.

Ramilles 1706. One of the great victories of the British army, a signal battle honour for the regiments who were there. But for Captain Steel, standing at the head of his Grenadiers, sinking into the swampy ground, at odds with his Allied partners and receiving contradictory orders, it was hard to see the General, Lord Marlborough's grand stratagem.

Even after victory, Steel finds himself mired in further difficulties. The Allies had thought that they were liberating the Low Countries but some preferred their previous masters, the French, who at least were Catholic, and some wanted independence from all powers, while others of his fellow officers wanted out of the war altogether.

Far from the battle lines he enjoys, Jack Steel is sent undercover to discover and deal with the traitors. He needs to identify the loyal locals who would help a few British advance troops into the besieged city - a dangerous mission made deadly by his identification by an old enemy of his and the brilliant malevolence of the renegade French pirate who is in charge of Ostende.

©2009 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • duncan
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • 06-12-13

ho hum is right

What would have made Rules of War better?

concentrate on the historic setting as per 4 days in July (book only I think) or the jackal series which brought to life 'life as a tommy'

What was most disappointing about Iain Gale’s story?

it went (not very well) into some tedium of characters. They were bland stereotypes and often their story hindered rather than helped the story.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Telfer’s performances?

yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

please make an audio book of 4 days in july

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  • paul
  • middlesbrough, United Kingdom
  • 01-06-11

Ho hum. Been there, read that...

In a crowded genre, only the setting makes it unique.

If you've read Cornwell, you'll know what you're getting here...