Soldier of Fortune

By Edward Marston

The rushing Captain Daniel Rawson – secret agent, linguist, duellist, girls’ guy and occupation soldier – can appeal a girl in addition to he can parry a sword. And if it is extracting info from the spouse of a French normal or top his squaddies in a Forlorn desire, Rawson proves himself helpful to John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, and the accomplice forces as they head in the direction of the ferocious conflict of Blenheim. yet on their march throughout Europe, Rawson discovers he has very varied camps of pursuers. the attractive Abigail Piper, with whom Rawson loved a quick flirtation when in London, is set to get her guy. A soldier couldn’t dare desire for a lovelier distraction, however the battlefield isn't any position for a woman. additionally sizzling on Rawson’s heels are the murderous servants of the final Salignac, the most recent guy Daniel cuckolded. Their directions are uncomplicated – kill Rawson and produce again facts. an easy order, yet have they underestimated their target?

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An agreeable diversion, i'm hoping. ' 'That's what makes it worse - you are a temptation. ' 'I promise to stick from your way,' she acknowledged, 'as lengthy as you do not forget that i am the following, wondering you and wishing you good. ' 'Thank you. ' 'Don't ship me away, Daniel. ' 'I've no strength to take action. ' 'And inform me - only once - that you're pleased to determine me. ' 'I am very glad,' he stated with a grin, 'not least simply because i used to be involved in your security. there is just one challenge. ' 'What is that? ' 'I needs to forego the excitement of your organization, Abigail. ' 'For the time being,' she extra expectantly. Daniel touched her arm. 'For the time being,' he acknowledged. They walked on in silence, hearing the birds and observing the water ripple and surge. The sunlight made an attempt to peep during the clouds however it used to be thwarted. Abigail savoured each second of it. There were occasions in the course of their gruelling trip whilst she feared she may by no means see Daniel Rawson back. To take pleasure in a leisurely walk within the kingdom with him - although it used to be at the eve of a conflict - used to be the fulfilment of a dream. Frédéric Seurel was once restive. they'd spent an hour or extra hiding in the back of bushes and crawling via trees. It had all been in useless. in spite of the help of his telescope, Charles Catto were not able to spot the Duke of Marlborough's regiment. Seurel used to be a guy of restricted endurance. He quickly started to protest. 'This is hopeless, Charles,' he acknowledged, swatting away an insect that landed on his face. 'The longer we remain, the extra probability there's that we are going to be noticeable via many of the pickets. ' 'If we continue well-hidden, we are secure. ' 'I'm bored stiff with mendacity at the floor. ' 'How else do we hold the camp less than surveillance? ' 'I imagine we should always get prior to them day after today and beware of Captain Rawson as they march prior. ' 'And then what? ' requested Catto irritably. 'We can hardly ever ambush a complete military. You do take advantage of silly feedback, Frédéric. ' 'I hate trailing after them for week after week. If we overtake them, there is a faint probability that we might locate Rawson off shield sooner or later. we will be able to attempt to separate him from his regiment. ' 'We have to do this now, whereas he is in camp. ' 'You continue announcing that. ' 'I've had extra event of stalking than you,' acknowledged Catto, sitting as much as stretch himself. 'I understand how to attend, watch then strike whilst the precise second ultimately comes. ' 'In this situation, it might probably by no means come. ' 'It already has come as soon as, Frédéric. ' 'Stop harping on that,' stated Seurel testily. 'We had him at our mercy and also you permit him pass. ' 'It wasn't planned. ' 'That does not make it any the fewer stressful. ' 'I've by no means allow you to down some time past, Charles. ' 'No,' conceded the opposite, 'that's actual. it is the cause I selected you. i wished anyone who concept and acted like a soldier, anyone who may perhaps kill speedy and ruthlessly. ' 'I've performed that adequate instances, think me. ' 'Captain Rawson has to die to fulfill normal Salignac's hope for revenge. The extra painful the dying, the happier the overall might be. He wishes his spouse and her lover to endure.

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