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By Edward Marston

We stumble upon our hero, Captain Rawson, deep contained in the war-ravaged borders of Europe, as he fights along the courageous and resolute Earl of Marlborough in defeating the, self-proclaimed, ‘invincible’ French military. but victory is brief lived, blunted through the dissenting voices of the Dutch, who secretly search to combat the facility and lifestyles from Rawson’s compatriot, Marlborough.

In those adversarial and insecure instances, Captain Rawson is named directly to achieve his largest, so much bold venture to this point: the rescue of a celebrated tapestry-maker grew to become undercover agent from contained in the fortified Bastille – the satisfaction of a despotic France. Now on my own at the back of enemy-lines, the undaunted Rawson needs to practice all his guile and wit in his rescuing of the popular prisoner and his attractive daughter, Amalia – a fragile woman to whom Rawson’s friendship quickly blossoms into anything more.

However, unbeknownst to Rawson the French and Dutch have already mixed to plan either the assassination of Marlborough and the reclaiming of his strength. This time Europe is starting to shut in on him, and it'll take all of his self-sacrifice, ability and sincerity to once more rescue the struggle and the army’s satisfaction from out of the clutches of the betrayers.

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Seated at a desk, the Duke of Marlborough accomplished the final of many letters he'd written that morning. He was once by myself within the tent with Adam Cardonnel. His secretary were both busy with correspondence. He sealed a letter then appeared up. 'I want that we had anything of importance to report,' he acknowledged. 'Yes,' agreed Marlborough. 'It's been a fruitless crusade. ' 'We did holiday in the course of the traces of Brabant. ' 'Granted, yet we have been not able to construct on that fulfillment. We had an opportunity to disencumber the complete of the Spanish Netherlands and it disappeared into skinny air. We either recognize why. ' 'Our allies allow us to down, Your Grace. however, the retreat from the River Yssche did have one solid outcome. You controlled to eliminate normal Slangenberg. ' 'Not till he'd ruined the full campaign,' acknowledged Marlborough, pulling a face. 'And whereas he is probably not in a position to prevent us within the box back, he may achieve this via different skill — whispering within the ears of his buddies within the States-General, for example. ' 'You nonetheless have their unreserved support,' acknowledged Cardonnel. 'But how lengthy will it final, Adam? that is what concerns me. battle is hideously dear. Like our personal parliament, the States- normal must suppose that they are getting price for his or her funds. that implies we need to carry a string of victories. We did not do this this 12 months. ' 'The French failed both, Your Grace. ' 'King Louis can be good conscious of that. we've got reached a standstill. while the wintry weather comes, I fancy he will begin to make peace overtures to the Dutch. he will supply all of them forms of blandishments. He is aware he can by no means tempt us. ' 'The Dutch would certainly carry company and so will our different allies. ' 'That's why we have to maintain our relationships with them in stable fix, Adam. once we can now not struggle, we needs to flip diplomat. ' 'It's a job during which you excel. ' The tent flap was once pulled again and a safeguard stepped in. 'Captain Rawson is right here, Your Grace,' he stated. 'Show him in,' ordered Marlborough. The shield retired and Daniel instantly entered the tent. After an trade of greetings, he used to be provided a seat. He checked out the mound of correspondence on either tables. 'Have I been summoned to behave as a messenger? ' he requested. 'No, Daniel,' stated Marlborough. 'We have a extra very important activity for you. those letters are destined for our allies to warn them of my proposed visits. i must cross first to Dusseldorf to cajole the Elector Palatine to provide troops for carrier in Italy subsequent yr. Then we flow directly to Vienna in order that i will be able to meet the hot, younger Emperor Joseph. it sounds as if i am to be invested with the Principality of Mindelheim. ' 'It's a richly deserved honour, Your Grace,' stated Cardonnel. 'It will entail pomp and rite and that i by no means like that. ' 'Will you be going to Berlin? ' acknowledged Daniel. 'Of necessity,' responded Marlborough. 'We needs to retain Prussia on our aspect. i will need to gentle King Frederick's ruffled feathers a bit. i understand how disenchanted and offended he's on the behaviour of the Dutch and the Austrians. I proportion his emotions. whilst i have calmed him down, i am hoping to coax 8000 males out of him for the following Italian crusade.

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