Under Siege (Captain Rawson)
In the wake of victory at Oudenarde, career soldier Captain Daniel Rawson must take a leading role in the Allies’ new strategy - to invade further into French territories and lay siege to Lille, the ‘pearl of its fortresses’.
He fights alongside the Duke of Marlborough, whose position and safety abroad are threatened by politicians in England plotting his downfall – and by his outspoken and treasonous wife, Sarah.
Meanwhile, Captain Rawson must contend with a new rival for his beloved, the beautiful Amalia Janssen, rescue his comrade-in-arms, Henry Welbeck, and avoid capture by ruthless French soldiers.
next one. At first, he wasn’t quite sure what he was looking at. Then he saw a name that set his blood racing – Sébastien Vauban, Marshal of France. It was there after all. Without even bothering to scrutinise the plan, he folded it up and stuffed it inside his shirt, blowing out his candle as he did so. Moving the chair from behind the door, he put his back to the timber and listened. The voices seemed to be directly outside. ‘We’re wasting our time,’ said one of the guards. ‘No,’ said the
revolting to you?’ ‘That’s irrelevant,’ he said, easing her away. ‘Now, please, put your nightdress on again and go back to your room.’ She began to sob. ‘You’re annoyed at me, aren’t you?’ ‘No – I’m very…surprised, that’s all.’ ‘You never noticed me when you were here but I noticed you. That’s why I did it, Alain. I had to see you again. It was the only way to make you come back. Don’t blame me. I want you so much.’ She flung herself at him and held him with a desperation that was
guard, he took a wild swing at him but only managed to dislodge his hat. When the man grabbed him, Daniel kicked him on the shin and rid himself of a torrent of expletives. It was too much for the guard. He slapped Daniel’s face, then used the butt of his musket to hit him in the stomach. Doubling up in pain, Daniel fell to the ground and moaned. His attacker took him by the scruff of the neck. ‘Let’s get him inside before he spews all over us,’ he said. The two of them picked Daniel up and
Rather than continue to work alongside him, he was prepared to demote himself to a lesser role in the conflict. Vendôme was patently insulted by his decision but Berwick made no attempt to justify it. Instead, he produced a letter from his pocket. ‘I received this from Marshal Boufflers,’ he said, handing it over. ‘I thought it might interest you.’ ‘Does it have any bearing on our orders?’ ‘None at all, but it contains a name you might recognise.’ Vendôme read the missive. ‘Captain Rawson!’
rein. If Sir John has the courage to fire, the noise might frighten the animal.’ Sheathing his sword, he spread his arms wide. ‘Well, Sir John, do you have the courage?’ ‘Don’t provoke me, Captain.’ ‘Here I am, an easy target, and still you can’t pull the trigger.’ ‘I can do it with the utmost pleasure,’ warned Sir John. ‘And what happens then?’ asked Daniel. ‘How will you account for my death to His Grace? How will you explain why you hired Mr Syme? What will you tell your wife about all