Overview

1653. The long, bloody English Civil War is at an end. King Charles is dead and Oliver Cromwell rules the land. Richard Treadwell, Royalist, exile, and now soldier for the King of France, burns with revenge for those who deprive him of his family and fortune. He returns to England in secret to assassinate Cromwell.
But his is not the only plot in motion. A secret army run by a deluded Puritan is bent on the same quest, guided by the Devil’s hand. When demonic entities are ...
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Gideon's Angel

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Overview

1653. The long, bloody English Civil War is at an end. King Charles is dead and Oliver Cromwell rules the land. Richard Treadwell, Royalist, exile, and now soldier for the King of France, burns with revenge for those who deprive him of his family and fortune. He returns to England in secret to assassinate Cromwell.
But his is not the only plot in motion. A secret army run by a deluded Puritan is bent on the same quest, guided by the Devil’s hand. When demonic entities are summoned, Treadwell finds his fortunes reversed: he must save Cromwell, or consign England to Hell...
But first he has to contend with a wife he left in Devon who believes she’s a widow, a furious Parisian mistress who has trailed him to England, and a young Musketeer named d’Artagnan, sent to drag him back to France. It’s a dangerous new Republic, for an old Cavalier coming home.
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Editorial Reviews

The Daily Mail
“…the plot never stops thickening and the galloping pace keeps it from clotting… All this plus sound historical settings, terrific supernatural set pieces and walk-on parts for D’Artagnan and John Milton. What’s not to like?”
The Daily Telegraph
“Our exiled but secretly returned Cavalier hero faces the hard choice:Cromwell or the devil? Swashbuckling excitement in grimy 1653.”
Jerry Hayes
“Prepare for a swashbuckling, roller-coaster unputdownable read, full ofderring do, bodice ripping and political intrigue. Clifford Beal is a greatstory teller who keeps his readers on the edge of their seats. Note toHollywood producers, snap this one up now.”
James Lovegrove
“Splendid… sweaty, superstitious, blood-soaked savagery, with the bonus of added demons.”
A Fantastical Librarian
“An exciting and compelling debut”
Tor.com
“The sheer panache with which Clifford Beal brings together the past and the supernatural results in a headlong alt-history hybrid more potent than either aspect of the entire would be without the other”
Starburst Magazine
“The motivations of these not-quite-heroes and the people they come up against are deliciously human and it’s nice to see this sort of occult historical horror in which everyone’s actions seem at the very least justified,rather than being motivated through insanity….It is a good read and very entertaining, and recommended for fans of both horror and Roundheads."
SFX Magazine
“Exciting, violent, and occasionally incredibly cheesy, this is as fun as fiction gets”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849974882
  • Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Ltd
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,286,133
  • File size: 526 KB

Meet the Author

Clifford Beal, originally from Providence, Rhode Island, worked for 20 years as an international journalist and is the former editor-in-chief of Jane’s Defence Weekly in London. He is the author of Quelch’s Gold (Praeger Books 2007), the true story of a little-known but remarkable early 18th century Anglo-American pirate.
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