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Keane's Company by Iain Gale
  

Keane's Company

Part of the Captain James Keane Series
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A duel leaves Lieutenant James Keane wounded and his opponent dead. Strangely that leads to Keane’s promotion to captain of a very motley, highly skilled at fighting and killing, crew of scoundrels. It leaves him with an enemy too, Captain Blackwood. This is thrilling Peninsular War stuff with great battles and skirmishes, Keane watching his back and the rise of General Wellesley to the Duke of Wellington.

If you like Iain Gale you might also like to read books by Bernard Cornwell, Allan Mallinson and Adrian Goldsworthy.

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Keane's Company by Iain Gale

Meet James Keane of the 27th Foot: an ill-disciplined card sharp and ladies' man - and one of the finest soldiers of Wellington's army. Keane's task, assigned directly by Wellington, is the creation of an intelligence unit operating behind the French lines. He and his company are trusted with the secrets of the generals - and viewed with hostile suspicion by regular troops. In a bid to recruit men with uncommon skills, Keane springs soldiers from military jails and liberates them from their regiments. It's up to him to form this band of blackguards into an elite unit. Deep in enemy territory, they must negotiate with dangerous guerilla groups and forge new routes for their army if they are to succeed - and survive. Based on the true activities of the first British military intelligence unit, Keane's Company presents an unusual and fascinating picture of the Peninsular War: a nineteenth-century Dirty Dozen and a worthy companion to Sharpe.

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'Richard Sharpe would be delighted to have James Keane on his side! Iain Gale's creation is a wonderfully imaginative addition to the fascinating tales of Britain's defiance of Bonaparte'
Bernard Cornwell

'A gripping, engaging, fast-paced and colourful read, full of the grit, grime and camaraderie of the fighting men of the Peninsular War. An absolute must-read for all fans of Bernard Cornwell and A.L. Berridge'
Historical Writers Association

About the Author

Iain Gale

Iain Gale, art critic, journalist and author, comes from a military family and has always been fascinated by military history. He is an active member of the Scottish Committee of the Society of Authors and the Friends of Waterloo Committee. He is the editor of Scotland in Trust, the magazine for the National Trust of Scotland, and founded the Caledonian magazine. He lives in Edinburgh.

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Publication date

16th January 2014

Author

Iain Gale

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www.iaindale.com/
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Publisher

Heron Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781782064527

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