By John Stack
The writer of the Masters of the ocean sequence, is again with a standalone conflict e-book that may blow all others out of the water. 1587. countries are locked in sour clash. One strives for dominance, the opposite for survival. After a long time of non secular strife, Elizabeth sits at the throne of britain. The reformation maintains. Catholic revolts were ruthlessly quashed, and Elizabeth has ordered the execution of her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. at the continent bloody spiritual wars rage, yet England stands aside, her surrounding seas retaining her secure from the land armies of her would-be enemies. merely at sea do the English convey their the teeth. Sea captains and adventurers, hungry for the spoils of alternate from the Spanish major, frequently assault the gold-laden galleons of Catholic Spain. they're terriers nipping on the ft of war-horses yet their victories disrupt the treasury of Spain, England's maximum possibility, and Elizabeth's refusal to rein in her sea-captains extra antagonises Philip II. Thomas Varian is a captain in Drake's ambitious military, emerging speedy throughout the ranks. yet he guards a mystery - one for which he might pay along with his existence if came upon: he's a Catholic. he's approximately to discover his conflicting loyalty to his faith, to his Queen, and to his state validated lower than the main ambitious of situations: dealing with the robust Armada. Unknown to Varian, he'll even be dealing with his long-estranged father, who's combating at the aspect of the Spanish enemy...
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They came to another woodroad—that seemed the best name for such crude forest tracks. Taught by experience, they hid in a thicket and listened, and this proved a wise precaution. They went by like a storm, while the watchers clung to the earth like so many baby rabbits or quail. They had taken it for granted that if they got to some American military group they would be safe; but now they were not sure. But what else could the fugitives do? To build a fire would be suicide. What they wanted was to find some Americans who were not yet under attack; vehicles would no doubt be bringing in reinforcements and would consent to take out a load of Monuments on the return trip.
If only he had had one of those tiny cyanide capsules with which the OSS provided its agents when going into enemy territory! As it happened, this decision didn’t have to be made. ” Without so much as a mutter or a groan the well-disciplined troopers scrambled to their feet, gathered up their gear, and filed out into the sifting snow. Lanny’s heart leaped; they were going away, leaving this comfortable shelter to the American pig-dogs! But that hope lasted only a minute or so. ” No difficulty in identifying those voices: the barn was being filled with prisoners of war.
Armada by John Stack