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The Emperor's Gold

The Archives Of The Comptrollerate-General For Scrutiny And Survey

By Robert Wilton

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Format: Paperback, 448 pages, Export/Airside Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 June 2011
1805. The armies of France have beaten every challenger. Now they camp by the English Channel, awaiting only safe passage to complete Napoleon's domination of Europe. Britain is militarily weak, politically divided, unsettled by her rioting poor and under constant threat of another Irish insurrection.Into this feverish environment, ripe for treason and sedition, comes a dead man. Pulled half-drowned from a shipwreck, his past erased, Tom Roscarrock is put to work for the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey, a dubious and obscure off-shoot of the Government operating independently and to uncertain ends. He is thrown into a bewildering world of political intrigue and violence, moving from the refined salons of Francophile London high society to brutal skirmishes between the militia and food-rioters and shadowy underground meetings where revolution is now close to fruition.In France, a plan is underway to neutralise the Royal navy and shatter the last of England's political stability. In England, the man who recruited Roscarrock has disappeared, Comptrollerate-General agents keep turning up dead, and reports of a secret French fleet are panicking the authorities.Roscarrock begins to realise that his mission is a deliberate device to reveal the British spy network in France . His own past, previously opaque even to himself, is now the key to the conspiracy. What to everyone else is a battle of Empires, becomes for Tom, a quest for private vengeance.Will he prove nemesis or saviour?

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An intense, imaginative and darkly atmospheric historical spy thriller set in 1805, when Britain was within hours of invasion and defeat by Napoleon. O'Brian meets le Carre with a nod towards Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 'A sparkling gem of a novel; not only a gripping espionage thriller that has the extra thrill of being grounded in genuine history, but a beautiful, lyrical novel alive with the sheer joy of language. Literate, intelligent, utterly captivating. Not since Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall' has a novel been so drenched in a sense of time and place - and this has a plot that blows all comers out of the water.' - M C Scott

About the Author

Robert Wilton is a civil servant who worked for the Ministry of Defence, and on occasion for the Cabinet Office. He was advisor to the Prime Minister of Kosovo in the lead-up to the country's independence, and has now returned there as a senior international official. He moves between Prishtina, London and Cornwall.

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A sparkling gem of a novel; not only a gripping espionage thriller that has the extra thrill of being grounded in genuine history, but a beautiful, lyrical novel alive with the sheer joy of language. Literate, intelligent, utterly captivating. Not since Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall' has a novel been so drenched in a sense of time and place - and this has a plot that blows all comers out of the water. -- M C Scott Robert Wilton's sensational thriller is set in 1805 as Napoleon's Grande Armee is about to invade England, but the real pleasure is the detail on London... Bernard Cornwell meets Ken Follet in a Southwark pub and someone gets coshed. That is to say, great, intelligent fun. * Time Out *

EAN: 9781848878389
ISBN: 1848878389
Publisher: Corvus
Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 3.1 centimetres (0.46 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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