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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848547609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848547605
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,358 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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If you love historical fiction and want kickass action, solid plot lines and, of course, danger coming from every direction, then you really have to read Michael Arnold. He has a great way of bringing the English Civil War to life as well as blending historical fact into the tale to help give it an extra edge.

Back this up with great prose, magical pace and . . . a lead character that you just love to spend time around, makes this a series that is not only a pure joy to read but a wonderful piece of escapism from the real world. Great stuff.

(falcatatimes.blogspot.co.uk)

The enigmatic Stryker promises much entertainment (Sunday Times)

A dark-hued romp, livid with the scents, sounds and colours of a country on the brink of implosion . . . impressive. (Daily Express)

Michael Arnold's Civil War Chronicles have the makings of a fun, Sharpe-like series. (History Today)

Arnold is at his best describing real events . . . if you like Cornwell you will like Arnold. (Historical Novels Review)

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Warlord's Gold, the fifth novel 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' on a quest to recover lost treasure.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
Warlord's Gold is the fifth novel in Michael Arnold's fabulous Civil War Chronicles - if you've not read the earlier novels then tread no further. Captain Stryker and his men, as well as Lisette, the Queen's spy, must suffer the consequences here of what has gone before. The result is a particularly thrilling and tense historical adventure in which not only our heroes must suffer but also all of the land as the Civil War moves into another phase of its wrath.

Stryker, captain of a band of loyal and brave royalists, continues to chase the Cade treasure that he learned of, at great cost, in the previous novel, Assassin's Reign. He is ordered to follow the golden trail to the Scilly Isles off the south-western tip of England. Cade had property somewhere on the islands and it is likely that the treasure could lie hidden there, its value enough to fund the Royalist cause for years. Unfortunately, what would aid the Royalists would also help the Parliamentarians and when Stryker and the remains of his shattered crew wash up on the rocky shores of the Isles, their ship destroyed by storms and all their papers and possessions lost, they are imprisoned as Parliamentarians thanks to the poisoned word of one of the most sinister and corrupt devils that we have met through the Chronicles, Roger Tainton, who beat Stryker to the islands.

In the Warlord's Gold, Stryker follows the treasure in a chase across southern England to Basing House in Hampshire where one of the most famous sieges of the Civil War took place towards the end of 1643, forming much of the second half of the novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I too have read all the books in the series and am starting to think of Innocent Stryker as an old friend, albeit a somewhat violent one. The period of the English Civil War offers rich pickings for many writers of historical fiction, and Michael Arnold stands comparison with the best of them.

This book begins with Stryker and a few chosen members of his company on board ship heading for the Scilly Isles, their task is to retrieve a considerable amount of treasure, hidden there by a supporter of the Royalist cause, and if recovered by Stryker will add considerably to the strength of the Royalist forces. Of course the Parliamentarian side have also got wind of the treasure and are sending their own men to foil Stryker's plans and claim the haul for themselves.

As with all the Stryker books the plot continues at a pace, with many twists and turns, and not a little violence, though never of the gratuitous kind. The story is well thought out and all of the characters are well rounded and plausible. The one annoying thing I find with these books, and it may be just my age taking effect, is that from time to time I become confused with which character is on which side, Royalist or Parliamentarian. Come to think of it much like the people in the book. Apart from that I enjoyed the series immensely and this book in particular.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2014
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Reading Innocent Stryker is always a pleasure, I'm not even going to try and lead up to is this book any good, It is, its Bloody good. I had one more day left on my holiday, i got up took the little one to nursery, came home made a cuppa and sat in my sunny conservatory. The next eight hours were a trip back in time, a dark revenge fueled mission for a man from Strykers past. Can Stryker survive the violent world of Civil War England? will his past catch up and kill him? will his weaknesses and hidden compassion's cause his ruination.

From dark Scilly isles shrouded in storm and misery, through to the wild rides and action of Basing House, a story jammed with every type of action and emotion, the book is a truly exhausting roller-coaster of emotion and action.

There are very few authors and subjects I can read for 464 pages and Michael Arnold is very much one of them, When you get an writer with the skill and ability to blend sublime and realistic characterization with superbly researched plot and that fictional flair to make the story race along and fire the imagination, that's when you have a winner and a book and writer that not only should be on the best seller list, but very much has earned the right to be there.

This book as you might have guessed will be competing come December for the Parmenionbooks book of the year, what ever happens its easily going to be Top 5.

I don't think i need to say anything else, because if you're not convinced to buy this by now you never will be... go buy it and read for your self.

(Parm)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 14 Oct. 2014
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The perfect gift for all historical fiction enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

Warlords Gold the fifth sequel in this blockbuster series does not disappoint, having read and thoroughly enjoyed all of Captain Stryker's chronicles to date this latest offering, although light on the visceral bloody engagements/battles in his previous books (except in the grand finale, the siege of Basing house) the plot line is so full of intrigue and nerve wracking escapes, combined with the authors in-depth historical knowledge, a thrilling fast paced prose and innate sense of the period, that one is drawn inexorably deeper and deeper into the plot so much so that I found myself so immersed that when I came to it was 2 0clock in the morning.

Michael Arnold has demonstrated in this latest book that he is a master of the genre and is amongst the front rank of contemporary historical fiction authors. Looking forward to the next sequel, keep up the good work Michael.
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