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The Blooding | [James McGee]

The Blooding

1812: Matthew Hawkwood, soldier turned spy, is stranded behind enemy lines, in America, a country at war with Britain. Heading for the safety of the Canadian border, Hawkwood's route takes him to Albany where the chance sighting of a former comrade-in-arms - Major Douglas Lawrence - within a consignment of British prisoners puts paid to his plans. For as the two men make their escape they uncover an American plot to invade Canada. If it is successful, the entire continent will be lost. The British authorities must be warned.
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Publisher's Summary

Hawkwood's in America for this gripping, action-packed followup to the best-selling Ratcatcher - for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Igulden, and Patrick O'Brian.

1812: Matthew Hawkwood, soldier turned spy, is stranded behind enemy lines, in America, a country at war with Britain. Heading for the safety of the Canadian border, Hawkwood's route takes him to Albany where the chance sighting of a former comrade-in-arms - Major Douglas Lawrence - within a consignment of British prisoners puts paid to his plans.

For as the two men make their escape they uncover an American plot to invade Canada. If it is successful, the entire continent will be lost. The British authorities must be warned.

Pursued by a relentless enemy, Hawkwood and Lawrence set off across the snow-bound Adirondack Mountains; the land the Iroquois call ‘The Hunting Grounds'. But they are not alone. Buried deep in Hawkwood's past is an old alliance - one that could save both their lives and help turn the tide of war.

©2014 James McGee (P)2014 Harper Collins Ltd

What the Critics Say

Praise for James McGee:
"Irresistible… rambunctious entertainment" (Observer)
"Rumbustious…a darkly attractive hero, terrific period atmosphere and action" (The Times)
"Atmospheric and well researched… try it" (Daily Mirror)
"Breakneck pace, brutal action, clever characterisation and twisty plotting" (Reginald Hill)
"Ratcatcher is a richly enjoyable and impressively researched novel - also very gripping. James McGee is clearly a rising star in the historical galaxy and I look forward to Hawkwood's return" Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy

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