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The Scarlet Thief by Paul Fraser Collard
  

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This is dubbed Sharpe material and does carry some strong similarities only our ‘hero’ Jack Lark, the thief of the title, is forever changing his identity which is most intriguing. We are in 1854 in the Crimean War with chaos, blundering, incompetence and disgrace but also bravery, loyalty, heroics and such. This feels very realistic, it is certainly engrossing and begins an interesting series. You need to read this one for it sets our hero up and explains his motives. It is good.

If you like Paul Fraser Collard you might also like to read books by Michael Arnold, Bernard Cornwell and Julian Stockwin.

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The Scarlet Thief by Paul Fraser Collard

The new Richard Sharpe bursts onto the historical adventure scene in a brilliant, action-packed debut of Redcoat battle and bloodshed. 1854: The banks of the Alma River, Crimean Peninsular. The Redcoats stagger to a bloody halt. The men of the King's Royal Fusiliers are in terrible trouble, ducking and twisting as the storm of shot, shell and bullet tear through their ranks. Officer Jack Lark has to act immediately and decisively. His life and the success of the campaign depend on it. But does he have the mettle, the officer qualities that are the life blood of the British Army? From a poor background Lark has risen through the ranks by stealth and guile and now he faces the ultimate test...THE SCARLET THIEF introduces us to a formidable and compelling hero - brutally courageous, roguish, ambitious - in a historical novel as robust as it is thrillingly authentic by an author who brings history and battle vividly alive.

About the Author

Paul Fraser Collard's love of military history started at an early age. A childhood spent watching films like Waterloo and Zulu whilst reading Sharpe, Flashman and the occasional Commando comic, gave him a desire to know more of the men who fought in the great wars of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. At school, Paul was determined to become an officer in the British army and he succeeded in winning an Army Scholarship. However, Paul chose to give up his boyhood ambition and instead went into the finance industry. Paul stills works in the City, and lives with his wife and three children in Kent.

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Publication date

21st November 2013

Author

Paul Fraser Collard

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Publisher

Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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Historical adventure

ISBN

9781472200266

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