The Devil's Assassin (Jack Lark, Book 3)
A Bombay-based military adventure of traitors, trust and deceit
By Paul Fraser Collard
The third action-packed Victorian military adventure featuring hero Jack Lark: soldier, leader, imposter.
Jack Lark is The Devil's Assassin who stalks the streets of Bombay in this exhilarating and dangerous adventure by Paul Fraser Collard. History 'blazes across the pages' (Anthony Riches) in this series that will appeal to readers of Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow.
Bombay, 1857. Jack Lark is living precariously as an officer when his heroic but fraudulent past is discovered by the Devil - Major Ballard, the army's intelligence officer. Ballard is gathering a web of information to defend the British Empire, and he needs a man like Jack on his side. Not far away, in Persia, the Shah is moving against British territory and, with the Russians whispering in his ear, seeks to conquer the crucial city of Herat. The Empire's strength is under threat and the army must fight back.
As the British march to war, Jack learns that secrets crucial to the campaign's success are leaking into their enemies' hands. Ballard has brought him to the battlefield to end a spy's deceit. But who is the traitor?
THE DEVIL'S ASSASSIN sweeps Jack Lark through a thrilling tale of explosive action as the British face the Persian army in the inky darkness of the desert night.
Paul's love of military history started at an early age. A childhood spent watching films like Waterloo and Zulu whilst reading Sharpe, Flashman and the occasional Commando comic, gave him a desire to know more of the men who fought in the great wars of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. At school, Paul was determined to become an officer in the British army and he succeeded in winning an Army Scholarship. However, Paul chose to give up his boyhood ambition and instead went into the finance industry. Paul stills works in the City, and lives with his wife and three children in Kent.
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29 Jan 2015
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Brilliant — Bernard Cornwell on THE SCARLET THIEF
Savage, courageous, and clever — Goodreads on THE SCARLET THIEF
I love a writer who wears his history lightly enough for the story he's telling to blaze across the pages like this. Jack Lark is an unforgettable new hero — Anthony Riches on THE SCARLET THIEF
The spirit of Sharpe lives again in another time, in another war, in the guise of Jack Lark — www.parmenionbooks.wordpress.com on THE MAHARAJAH'S GENERAL
A confident, rich and exciting novel that gave me all the ingredients I would want for a historical adventure of the highest order — www.forwinternights.wordpress.com on THE MAHARAJAH'S GENERAL
The Devil's Assassin could well have been a Sharpe tale . . . Collard has become one of the most readable figures in historical fiction — Parmenion Books