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Traitor's Blood: Book 1 of The Civil War Chronicles

Traitor's Blood: Book 1 of The Civil War Chronicles [Kindle Edition]

Michael Arnold
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'Captures the grittiness, as well as the doomed glamour, of the Royalist cause' (Charles Spencer)

'You can smell the gunpowder and hear the cannon fire . . . Arnold's passion for the period suffuses every page' (Robyn Young, author of the Brethren trilogy)

'Powerfully visualised battle scenes which can certainly stand in comparison with the best of Cornwell' (Yorkshire Post)

'I loved Sharpe. I am going to be equally at home with Captain Stryker' (Historical Novels Review)

'An intensely interesting, plot-driven historical novel of superb quality . . . I found it very difficult to put down until the final page' (Euro Crime)

'A fast-moving, exciting novel . . . Forget Sharpe and enjoy the exploits of Captain Stryker in an earlier and dangerous period of history. Once hooked you will look forward to the next in this series' (Ryedale Gazette and Herald)

"Michael Arnold has caught all of the passion, urgency, fear and exhilaration of men in battle. Not only that, he's writing in a period that he obviously knows intimately and in to which he has breathed new life.' (Patrick Mercer, author of To Do & Die, Dust & Steel, Red Runs the Helmand)

'Mike Arnold hooks the reader with the clash of steel and the roar of gunpowder. Rollicking action and proper history combine in this cracking series.' (Anthony Riches)

A thundering, swashbuckling yarn that will get the blood of all Sharpe fans pumping. And this is a thundering, action-packed debut

for Captain Stryker a veteran of the wars in the Low Countries and staunch supporter of the Royalist cause. It is to Stryker that Prince

Rupert turns when he needs someone to root out a dangerous spy in the ranks. But, Stryker finds himself on a collision course with a sworn, ruthless enemy.

(Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

Book Description

Traitor's Blood, the first in The Civil War Chronicles, Michael Arnold's acclaimed series of historical thrillers, sees battle-scarred hero Captain Stryker, 'the Sharpe of the Civil War', confront his nemesis. 'Stands in comparison with the best of Cornwell' Yorkshire Post

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (19 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY6JQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Arnold's interest in British history is lifelong, and childhood holidays were spent visiting castles and battlefields. He became a Sharpe junkie at the age of 13, and his particular fascination with the seventeenth century was piqued partly by the fact that his hometown Petersfield is steeped in the history of the period. Michael is the bestselling author of Traitor's Blood and Assassin's Reign. He is also the author of the short story Stryker and the Angels of Death.

Michael is the first historical series novelist of our time to have used the English Civil Wars as his backdrop, and, in his exclusive new sequence of Highwayman novellas, turns his attention to the period when England was a republic.

You can find out more about Michael Arnold, Captain Stryker and The Civil War Chronicles by visiting, Michael Arnold's website, his facebook fanpage at, or by following Mike on Twitter

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody and Brilliant 16 Aug 2010
An accomplished debut. The clang and gore of battle scenes are authentic and entertaining. Whilst set during complex and changeable conflict of Civil War the author never burdens the reader with too much history or exposition.A real treat. Am glad I took a punt on it. Recommend you do so too.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A INNOCENT IN BATTLE 17 Aug 2010
A first outing from Michael Arnold and his battle scared Roylist hero Captain Stryker,that soon had me page turning as the pace hots up in this adventure set in the English Civl War.The sticker on the front of the book proclam that he is the Sharpe of the Civil War and he certainly has all the ingredients to make that happen,but i will wait till we have more outings before i agree with that statement.Stryker is a veteran of the wars in the low Countries and with his small band of trusted men, including sometime actor Lancelot Forrester and Sargeant Skellen they set out to captured a dangerous spy in the heart of the royalist establishment,Stryker must journey across a country riven by bitterness and beset by marauding bands of soldiers in a race against time.Detail research and a passion for the subject puts you in the thick of the action and has you slashing and hacking at the barricade.Stryker back history is nicly filled in as he is not just fighting the Parliamentarian`s but also his nemesis Captin Eli Makepearce,the man who left him for dead and scarred him for life.In this adventure we not only get a hero,we also get a heroine in the lovely Lisette Gaillard who`s mission for Queen Henrietta brings her back into the life of Stryker.Lisette can fight and hold a sword with the best of them and for me is the Emma Peel of the 1640`s,and i hope we have more of her in the future.So to sum up,i do not think it will be long before we can righty say Stryker the Sharpe of the Civil War.Moor please soon.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate debut novel 16 Aug 2010
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Michael Arnold's 'Traitor's Blood' is a revelation. I was gripped from the first page of the prologue to the last page - who'd ever heard of the Battle of Brentford?? Most Englishmen would have reasons for joining both the Royalist and the Parliamentary cause. In my mind it's still not clear cut because I believe in a parliamentary monarchy - a bit of both. This book will not resolve these issues but there is much to enjoy - well-drawn, believable characters, skirmishes and engagements that tell of the confusion of battle amidst the blood, sweat and smoke and the comradeship of men under arms.

Do we really have to wait a year for the sequel, 'Captain's Blood'??

Michael's website is full of useful information about himself, the book and the English Civil War.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Cornwell-esque 18 Aug 2010
By Avid
There have been a number of books over past few years that have been billed as "like Sharpe" or "Cornwell-esque". Few have delivered. Traitor's Blood however, through its rough-hewn hero Stryker and bloody battle scenes, does genuinely echo the early Sharpe books in tone and structure. Prince Rupert also serves a Wellington to figure to the central character.Although akin to Sharpe The Civil War provides an original backdrop to this superior piece of adventure fiction. Loyalties are divided, treachery rife - and light is shed upon a dark chapter of our history in an accessible and enjoyable way.Highly recommended. Hope series goes from strength to strength.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Enjoyable Read 14 Dec 2010
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A very well written first book and a real page turner. Stryker is not the most endearing of characters nonetheless a most engaging individual whose cut and thrust exploits I very much look forward to reading about when Mr Arnold writes his second novel (which I have pre-ordered!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A major discovery! 31 Oct 2010
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I only came to this book via Amazon recommendation and the five star reviews it had. Although dubious of yet another 'new Sharpe' I have to say I enjoyed it immensely. There are echoes of the Great One - who was the likeable one-eyed guy, Frederickson was it? And for Sharpe/Wellington read Stryker/Prince Rupert. But it stands very much on its own and Arnold is a fine writer. I think we may really have something here if he develops properly. Stryker is a worthy hero - he's hard, experienced, been wounded, has good mates and an interesting female 'friend'. I wasn't sure at first how Arnold was going to play it. It's a civil war taking place in our own country so what side does he [or we] take? It's easy with Sharpe -kill the French and we're all happy but here it's not as easy. Although Stryker fights for the King, Arnold isn't gung-ho about that and there is respect late on for the 'mute, inglorious' Hampden. What will he make later of Ireton, Fairfax and Cromwell himself? Interesting! I do like his take on Rupert, a character I've always liked, even if he is described as "a homeless,landless foreigner, playing at soldier in a country not his own". The same character describes Charles I as not having a single decisive bone in his body which is historically true given what was to happen and I guess Arnold isn't too keen on him either. We shall see!
If you haven't bought this book yet, then I urge you to do so. It is much much better than Cornwell's new book. Very highly recommended!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stryker scores! 17 Oct 2010
By Raphael
This book really brings the English Civil War to life and gives a breathless and exciting account of the Royalist attempt to take London in late 1642. Interwoven with this are secret missions for both the dashing one-eyed hero Captain Stryker and his sultry passionate amour Lisette, plus a vendetta with the villainous Eli Makepeace.

Each page is crammed with excitement but at the same time shows a deep understanding of what it was like when Englishman fought against Englishman with shifting loyalties and bloody reprisals.

This is definitely not a book before bedtime - unless you want to be up all night reading it!
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