Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Blood’s Campaign by Angus Donald.
TWO KINGS, TWO FAITHS, TWO ARMIES – AND THE BATTLE FOR IRELAND
THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE VICTOR . . .
August 25, 1689
The English Army is besieging Carrickfergus in Ireland. Brilliant but unusual gunner Holcroft Blood of the Royal Train of Artillery (son of Col. Thomas Blood), is ready to unleash his cannons on the rebellious forces of deposed Catholic monarch James II. But this is more than war for Captain Blood, a lust for private vengeance burns within him.
French intelligence agent Henri d’Erloncourt has come across the seas to foment rebellion against William of Orange, the newly installed Dutch ruler of England, Scotland and Ireland. But Henri’s true mission is not to aid the suffering of the Irish but to serve the interests of his master, Louis le Grand.
Michael ‘Galloping’ Hogan, brigand, boozer and despoiler of Protestant farms, strives to defend his native land – and make a little profit on the side. But when he takes the Frenchman’s gold, he suspects deep in his freedom-loving heart, that he has merely swapped one foreign overlord for another.
July 1, 1690
On the banks of the River Boyne, on a fateful, scorching hot day, two armies clash in bloody battle – Protestant against Catholic – in an epic struggle for mastery of Ireland. And, when the slaughter is over and the smoke finally clears, for these three men, nothing will ever be the same again . . .
Holcroft must decide whether to join the conspirators, including his old friend Jack Churchill, now Lord Marlborough, and support Dutch William’s invasion – or remain loyal to his unpopular king.
MIXING FACT WITH FICTION THIS THRILLING NEW NOVEL FROM ANGUS DONALD IS PERFECT FOR FANS OF CONN IGGULDEN, JAMES FORRESTER, S. J. PARRIS AND S. G. MCCLEAN
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I have to say at the start that this is my first book by this author and what a find he is. The story is a well-balanced mix of fact and fiction that smooth out any gaps in history and shortfall of solid facts about these historical figures. The encounters are brutal on the field, sacrificing unwitting soldiers to draw the enemy away from the true approach.
The battles are detailed with hand to hand combat but the magnetic draw for me was with the cannons and Captain Holcroft Blood, set in Ireland as the war rages between Catholics and Protestants. Blood has quite radical ways of thinking that don’t conform with his peers, so his outspoken views often rustle feathers.
The story centres on three main characters whose futures are determined by each other. Old scores, money and honour rank high in the story. Holcroft Blood, Henri d’Erloncourt and Michael Hogan another firm favourite for me. The story is fast and furious with extremely detailed encounters, making colourful explosions of colour leap out of these chapters. Some of my favourite chapters were the encounter between Blood and Hogan and the respect and honour they had for each other as fellow soldiers.
Do read on after the story where the author explains about the characters. A brilliant book and an era I am loving the more I read about it.
I wish to thank NetGalley for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kent-based author Angus Donald was born in 1965 and educated at Marlborough College and Edinburgh University. He has worked as a fruit-picker in Greece, a waiter in New York and as an anthropologist studying magic and witchcraft in Indonesia. For 20 years he worked as a journalist in Hong Kong, India, Afghanistan and London. He is now married with children and writes full time from a medieval farmhouse in Tonbridge, Kent.
Angus is a distant relative of Col. Thomas Blood who is best known for his attempt to steal the Crown Jewels of England from the Tower of London in 1671.
Angus is also the author of the bestselling Outlaw Chronicles. For more information, visit: angusdonaldbooks.com