The Straits of Treachery
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Winner of The SAHR Prize for Military Fiction.
September 1810. British forces have used the utmost secrecy and stealth to cross the Straits of Messina and infiltrate the enemy’s stronghold. Their mission: to disrupt preparations for the French invasion of Sicily. But when the raiding parties are ambushed by rival soldiers and suffer heavy casualties, one bright young officer suspects that treachery is involved.
Ordered to investigate, George Warne uncovers a shadowy underworld of spies, traitors and informers, and where nothing is quite as it seems. Danger lurks around every corner and time is running out for Warne to root out the conspiracy. For how can Sicily’s defenders be ready to repel an invisible enemy within?
What The Critics Said
'Atmospheric, fresh and well-researched ... A great read for army buffs and anyone interested in Napoleonic times.'
Tim Woolford –
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.