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The Straits of Treachery

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Author: Richard Hopton

Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780749025434
Rights: World English
Pub. Date: 23rd April 2020

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Winner of The SAHR Prize for Military Fiction.

September 1810. Raids across the Straits of Messina to disrupt preparations for the French invasion of the island have been repulsed with heavy casualties. George Warne, a bright young British officer, suspects treachery back in Messina, and is ordered to investigate. Warne uncovers a shadowy underworld of spies, traitors and informers where nothing is quite as it seems and where danger lurks around every corner.

If the long-threatened French invasion erupts will Sicily’s defenders be prepared? 

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'Atmospheric, fresh and well-researched ... A great read for army buffs and anyone interested in Napoleonic times.'Country and Town House Magazine

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I really enjoyed the Straits of Treachery, Richard Hopton's first novel which is set in Messina at the time of the time of the Napoleonic wars. He really made me feel that I was there under the hot Sicilian sun with the British garrison getting ready for the anticipated French attack. As the novel is based on historical fact, Hopton has to do a fair amount of 'scene setting' however he does this in a way that avoids making it read like a history book and it never feels laboured. He creates a world that I wanted to explore. The story is not just concerned with the British troops, but also the intrigues and motivations of the Sicilians who have to accommodate an, albeit friendly occupying army and the French troops stationed across the Straits of Messina. The main protagonists are introduced over the first couple of chapters and are well written so that I cared about and wanted to know more about them. The main character is George Warne a British officer. He is far from perfect with a penchant for gambling (and a not very good card player) I hope we'll get to meet him again. The other protagonist I was intrigued with, was the real life Joachim Murat, Napoleon's brother- in- law who Hopton makes a sympathetic character even though he leads the 'enemy'. In conclusion a very good readI. I look forward to George Warne's next adventure. He has the makings of a potential successor to Bernard Cornwell's' Richard Sharpe.Tim Woolford
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