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Keane's Challenge by Iain Gale

Keane's Challenge

Part of the Captain James Keane Series
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There's a leak in Wellington's army, and suspicion is falling on James Keane...

If you like Iain Gale you might also like to read books by Allan Mallinson, Bernard Cornwell and Paul Fraser Gollard.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. It is 1809 in the Iberian Peninsula and French troops, led by one of Napoleon’s best generals, are massing on the border. Wellington’s force is outnumbered and his Spanish allies unreliable, so he needs accurate intelligence on numbers, arms and whereabouts of the enemy. Enter Captain Keane and his company of scouts. But it becomes apparent that there is a spy in Wellington’s HQ, someone able to travel outside the camp who is spying for the French, and Keane’s enemies are soon pointing the finger. Does the traitor lie within his elite company’s ranks? Keane is an attractively maverick hero, good at cards, a ladies’ man, but also a first-rate soldier, all of which combine to make a terrific historical novel, allowing the reader to experience these brutal wars from a refreshingly different perspective.
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Keane's Challenge by Iain Gale

The Iberian Peninsula, 1809. French troops led by one of Napoleon's best generals are massing on the border. Wellington's outnumbered force and his unreliable Spanish allies need to pick off the smaller French units if they are to stand their ground. For that they need information: accurate intelligence on numbers, arms and whereabouts. That's where Captain Keane and his company of reformed scouting officers are invaluable tools - despite being unpopular with the regular soldiers. But it soon becomes apparent that someone high up in Wellington's headquarters is a spy for the French. Only someone able to travel widely outside the camp, someone privy to battle plans, could be the double agent - and Keane's enemies within the army are quick to point the finger. Keane must defend his crew against their accusers - or root out the traitor himself. The second book in the Keane series is a fascinating insight into the work of intelligence officers in Wellington's army. Iain Gale's matchless military imagination draws a picture of a disparate group of men brought together, in a Peninsular War adventure novel that sees his maverick hero Keane march again.

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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1st April 2014


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Heron Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing


320 pages


Historical Fiction
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Napoleonic War fiction



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