In the rural peace of modern England, a war game recreates the slaughter of the Civil War. But when the battle ends, a real corpse is left it the Swine Brook; and an aristocratic but impoverished revolutionary claims to have found a cache of "Cromwell's Gold".
When David Audley is called in, 17th-century secrets and the deadly game of modern espionage clash in a brilliantly intricate thriller of bluff and counterbluff.
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Spanish Gold! Cromwell! And a Red Heir!
The story - I love its twists and turns, and the resolution - in both senses of the word. And the character of David Audley. A book with lots of Audley is always more enjoyable ...
The chance that is taken with a chancer. More would be a spoiler, I think
As I've implied David Audley is my favourite character - but I have to wonder why, in this and in Soldier No More, he has given the public school and Cambridge educated young man from Sussex should speak with a detectable Yorkshire accent - vowels sounds more reminiscent of Sean Bean as Sharpe than the landed, educated, Southern! Audley
- Rosina Rowantree