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A breathtaking 19th century adventure epic, set across three continents. From the Burmese jungle to the slums of London to the conquest of the Wild West, Antonin Varenne takes us on a thrilling journey full of sound and unabated fury, reviving the lapsed tradition of the great writers of boundless adventure. Sergeant Bowman belongs to that breed of heroes who inhabit the imaginations of Conrad, Kipling, Stevenson ...Lost soldiers who have plunged into the heart of darkness and will cross the globe in search of vengeance and redemption.
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Retribution Road by Antonin Varenne
Burma, 1852. Arthur Bowman, a sergeant in the East India Company, is sent on a secret mission during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. But the expedition is foiled - his men are captured and tortured. Throughout their ordeal, a single word becomes Bowman's mantra, a word that will stiffen their powers of endurance in the face of unimaginable suffering: Survival . But for all that, only a handful escape with their lives. Some years later in London, battling his ghosts through a haze of alcohol and opium, Bowman discovers a mutilated corpse in a sewer. The victim appears to have been subjected to the same torments as Bowman endured in the Burmese jungle. And the word Survival has been daubed in blood by the body's side. Persuaded that the culprit is one of the men who shared his captivity, Bowman resolves to hunt him down.
Praise for Antonin Varenne:
'A great adventure story ... The excellent Three Thousand Horsepower bears the mark of Joseph Conrad and Robert Louis Stevenson ... Antonin Varenne has dealt a masterstroke' -- Francois Busnel L'Express
'An adventure story, a crime novel, a war story and a western ... This book is a magnificent achievement' -- Thomas Delecroix Page
'A flamboyant adventure story ... a powerful novel that poses new questions about male violence' Livres Hebdo
'A literary firework: Antonin Varenne has written one of the most thrilling, most original books of the year -- Julien Bisson Lire Unique, hair-raising, jam-packed, shocking, even unsettling, the excellent Three Thousand Horsepower is a new sensation' -- Clementine Thiebault and Mikael Demets Le Monde
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Publication date9th March 2017
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