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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848544049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848544048
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.johnmurrays.co.uk, Michael Arnold's website www.michael-arnold.net, his facebook fanpage at http://www.facebook.com/MichaelArnoldBooks, or by following Mike on Twitter www.twitter.com/MikeArnold01

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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)

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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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Hazal Louise Kerlo on 16 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 17 people found the following review helpful By james eves on 17 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2011
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I know a little bit about the English Civil War but, until reading Mike Arnold's superb Traitor's Blood, I hadn't thought about the impact of this perilous and key period of English history on the lives and fortunes of men and women, people just me, who were trying to make as comfortable a life as possible for themselves. That is, until Roundheads and Royalists marched through the towns and villages, stealing resources, houses, horses, sons for the cause. Sometimes, townspeople stood together and defended their homes but it's possible that, more often than not, they got a pike in the gut for their trouble.

Traitor's Blood, the first in a series to chronicle the adventures of Royalist Captain Stryker, combines the thrill and excitement of adventure - and it is very exciting - with something more thought provoking. Those caught up in the conflict, whether they wore the red sashes of the Royalists or the orange sashes of the Parliamentarians, were fighting for ideals. Charles I was a divine appointed monarch to many and they flocked to the standard of their king and his glamorous, giant of a nephew Prince Rupert. Others fought for a republic, free of papacy and the whim of a weak king. This idealism, as Arnold vividly shows here, led brave men to horrendous deaths in hand to hand combat. The soldiers may have had pistols and cannon but these could only be fired the once. After that, it was all swords, daggers and fists.

Beginning with Edgehill in October 1642, the first (and indecisive) full battle between the Royalists and Rebels, Traitor's Blood follows the mission of Captain Stryker, set by Prince Rupert, to apprehend a spy wanted by both sides. Stryker has only half a face, the rest was burnt away by his arch enemy turncoat Eli Makepeace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Thompson on 3 Oct. 2011
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I live on the Costa del Sol and heard Michael Arnold on a local radio station talking about his latest book, which is part II of the Stryker chronicles. Historical fiction is my favourite genre so I jumped at the chance to explore an area I knew very little about, and I am glad I did. Traitors Blood seemed to me a little like a slow burning match, slow to get going then one third of the way into the book it started to fizzle along (Ok enough of the metaphors) and I found myself reading for longer than I intended.

I did feel that the characters haven't yet been developed as much as they could but thats probably more down to the fact that i've just finished reading series of books by Anthony Riches and Christian Cameron who are superb at building an affinity between reader and character. This is probably a skill that Michael Arnold will improve at in the course of the Novels and so it's just a minor gripe (although I can never see myself wanting to share an evening of chat and beer with stryker!).

I most certainly will be buying the full series , over all it's a very good debut Novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Wol Wallace on 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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Robert on 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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