Lieutenant George Markham and his Marines must escort a group of French Royalists behind enemy lines on a secret quest. But Markham's mission is put in jeopardy with the unexpected arrival of a figure from his past...
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Tom Connery lives in the centuries-old port of Deal in Kent, England, with his wife and two children. He has written three Markham of the Marines novels, and as David Donachie he is the author of the Harry Ludlow novels, published in England.From Publishers Weekly:
Though it begins promisingly with the successful siege of Corsica's last French-held fort, this final installment in the colorful Markham of the Marines trilogy, set against the backdrop of Revolutionary France, comes up short. Outspoken Lieutenant George Markham is still battling anti-Irish, anti-Catholic prejudice: "the look... he'd seen so often in his youth... the look that said Culchies walk and gentlemen ride; that God was a Protestant and don't you forget it, you papist bog-trotter." But more troubling to the officer as he takes naval action against France's ships and leads a small, very motley band behind French lines on the Riviera are the various hidden agendas and betrayals of those around him. What is Monsignor Aramon's reason for a raid on a small church ("the treasure of the papal state at Avignon")? And what is that priest's relationship to beautiful Ghislaine Moulins, "to whom he stood as 'guardian?' " For that matter, what is Ghislaine's connection to Royalist artillery captain Comte de Puy? Also in question are the motives of the Hon. George Germain, young captain of Markham's ship, the H.M.S. Syilphide. Then there is, once again, arch-villain Citizen Commissioner Fouquert ("scum, typical of the type thrown up by the turmoil of the Revolution"), desperate to escape the Terror as it starts eating its own. The penultimate betrayal is that of Germain, who unfairly denounces Markham to the Admiralty, leaving him where he began, seriously out of favor. Most readers of this generally satisfying trilogy will probably feel the ultimate betrayal: that Markham, after all his adventures, winds up facing a dismal fate. One can only wonder what prompted such a post-modern conclusion to an otherwise resolutely historical series. (Apr.)
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Descripción Orion Books Ltd.,, London, UK, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. First UK edition 1998,first printing, no additional printings listed. Hardcover with DJ. Condition new, square tight and crisp book, no edgewear, no names no underlinings no highlights no bent pages, Not a reminder. DJ new, bright and shiny, no edgewear, no tears no chips, Price Not clipped. 8vo, 336 pages. Nº de ref. de la librería 013315