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An Agent of the King [Kindle Edition]

N.J. Slater

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Book Description

Archie Dexter is a hedonistic young man, in trouble since the day he was born but now given one final chance of redemption, he is assigned to the staff of Admiral Horatio Nelson no less. In the dangerous days of 1798 he finds himself alone and trapped in Egypt following Napoleon’s invasion. Somehow he will survive to play a pivotal role in Nelson’s famous victory at the Battle of the Nile.

Wounded and thrown into captivity it will be many years before he returns to London where as a member of a secretive department of the Aliens Office, Archie battles the increasingly violent French agents plotting and murdering their way across the capital.

Together with an oddball assortment of comrades Archie must travel to Spain on a vital mission to rescue an invaluable British spy, the one man capable of enabling Pitt’s government to secure an alliance with any chance of defeating Napoleon.

However it is on the streets of London that he will face his sternest test, where failure will force him to choose between the life of his those dearest to him and the King of England himself.

Archibald Dexter is a reluctant hero caught up in the turbulent times of the Napoleonic Wars. An Agent of the King is a fast paced, gritty and exciting action thriller that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through North Africa and Europe via the bordellos, slums and ballrooms of Georgian London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1802 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00408ARFQ
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #334,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need more from Nigel Slater 16 Feb. 2011
By Edwin M. Moorman Jr. - Published on
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This is the first historical fiction novel that I am aware of from Nigel Slater, a chef and the author of many cook books sold be Amazon. It is set in the time of Lord Nelson, 1798. The main character, hopefully of a series, is Archibald Fitzwilliam Lewis Dexter. He is an agent for a clandestine British organization, who is posing as a surplus staff officer in Lord Nelson' fleet just before the British victory over the French in Egypt.

Naturally, Archie Dexter is involved in giving Nelson an assist, all the while tracking French spies. This carries him back to England and the hunt for the spy network there. Archie is wounded, of course, and must also escape the clutches of the fair, and unmarried, Cordelia Hendricks, who wants to thank him "properly" for rescuing her.

The plot is well thought out and moves along nicely. It is without those slow spots that make you wonder if the author really had the plot thought out before he started. Nigel Slater's "An Agent of the King" has everything you want in the start of a series, a likable hero, spy and counterspy action, a little bloodshed and a girl who is looking to catch and marry our spunky hero. Maybe in later books, we'll meet the real woman of his life.

I enjoy books of this genre, so once I started, I had a hard time putting it down. Too bad one has to work. It's an excellent read and the price is right.

To Nigel: Don't use the excuse you have to cook. Sit right down at your computer and get pecking out the next in the Agent of the King series.
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