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Rebellion / James McGee.

By: McGee, James, 1950-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: McGee, James, Matthew Hawkwood: 04.; McGee, James, Matthew Hawkwood: 4.; Matthew Hawkwood: bk. 4.; Matthew Hawkwood: 4.Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2010Description: 522 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780007320240 (hbk.); 0007320248 (hbk.).Subject(s): Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 -- Fiction | Hawkwood, Matthew (fictitious character) -- Fiction | Peace officers -- England -- London -- Fiction | Intelligence officers -- Fiction | Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Secret service -- Fiction | London (England) -- History -- 1800-1950 -- Fiction | Paris (France) -- History -- 1799-1815 -- Fiction | France -- History -- 1789-1815 -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction)DDC classification: Rental Fiction
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October 1812: Britain and France are still at war. France is engaged on two battle fronts - Spain and Russia - and her civilians are growing weary of the fight. Rebellion is brewing. Since Napoleon Bonaparte appointed himself as First Consul, there have been several attempts to either kill or overthrow him. All have failed, so far... Meanwhile in London, Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood has been seconded to the foreign arm of the Secret Service. There, he meets the urbane Henry Brooke, who tells him he's to join a colleague in Paris on a special mission. Brooke's agent has come up with a daring plan and he needs Hawkwood's help to put it into action. If the plan is successful it could lead to a negotiated peace treaty between France and the allies. Failure would mean prison, torture and a meeting with the guillotine...
Subject: October 1812: Britain and France are still at war. France is engaged on two battle fronts - Spain and Russia - and her civilians are growing weary of the fight. Rebellion is brewing. Since Napoleon Bonaparte appointed himself as First Consul, there have been several attempts to either kill or overthrow him. All have failed - so far. Meanwhile in London, former soldier Matthew Hawkwood has been seconded to the foreign arm of the Secret Service. There, he meets the urbane Henry Brooke, who tells him he's to join a colleague in Paris on a special mission. If the plan is successful it could lead to a negotiated peace treaty between France and the allies. Failure would mean prison, torture and a meeting with the guillotine!
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October 1812. Napoleon and his Grand Army have advanced to the gates of Moscow. Meanwhile in London, former soldier Matthew Hawkwood finds himself seconded to a shadowy Home Office department. His chequered past makes him dangerous and unpredictable, but his superiors think he is perfect for a crucial mission.

October 1812: Britain and France are still at war. France is engaged on two battle fronts - Spain and Russia - and her civilians are growing weary of the fight. Rebellion is brewing. Since Napoleon Bonaparte appointed himself as First Consul, there have been several attempts to either kill or overthrow him. All have failed, so far... Meanwhile in London, Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood has been seconded to the foreign arm of the Secret Service. There, he meets the urbane Henry Brooke, who tells him he's to join a colleague in Paris on a special mission. Brooke's agent has come up with a daring plan and he needs Hawkwood's help to put it into action. If the plan is successful it could lead to a negotiated peace treaty between France and the allies. Failure would mean prison, torture and a meeting with the guillotine...

October 1812: Britain and France are still at war. France is engaged on two battle fronts - Spain and Russia - and her civilians are growing weary of the fight. Rebellion is brewing. Since Napoleon Bonaparte appointed himself as First Consul, there have been several attempts to either kill or overthrow him. All have failed - so far. Meanwhile in London, former soldier Matthew Hawkwood has been seconded to the foreign arm of the Secret Service. There, he meets the urbane Henry Brooke, who tells him he's to join a colleague in Paris on a special mission. If the plan is successful it could lead to a negotiated peace treaty between France and the allies. Failure would mean prison, torture and a meeting with the guillotine!

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Publishers Weekly Review

Given that readers know that Napoleon was not ousted in a coup in 1812 while leading his Russian campaign, it's a tribute to McGee's storytelling skills that his fourth thriller featuring a Regency-era James Bond (after 2013's Rapscallion) is as entertaining as it is. Matthew Hawkwood, a Bow Street Runner, has been assigned an impossible mission, complete with plausible deniability on the part of his superior in the Alien Office, who's responsible for rooting out troublemakers among the refugees from the Terror in postrevolutionary France. Posing as a French officer, Hawkwood is to cross the Channel, meet with an unnamed source, and assess the feasibility of the man's proposal to the British government. Hawkwood ultimately learns that the plan is to overthrow Bonaparte himself. The nonstop action doesn't come at the price of either plausibility or historical accuracy. Agent: Jennifer Weitz, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

McGee (Rapscallion, 2013, etc.) continues the Regency-era adventures of Matthew Hawkwood of the Bow Street Runners, the crown's special police unit. Wellington's Peninsula Campaign continues, and there, McGee rips the tale open with a nail-biting chase and narrow escape. Who-why-wherefore is a surprise to be unwrapped later. It's London next. There are characters familiar--Jago, Hawkwood's former sergeant, now profiting in the shadows at the edge of the law; phlegmatic James Read, Bow Street chief; and Twigg, Read's Dickensian clerk. And characters new--like Chen, exiled Chinese monk tutoring Hawkwood in martial arts. At Bow Street, Read tells Hawkwood he's temporarily assigned to the Home Office, and there, he'll receive orders to spy in France. Hawkwood endures a colossal Channel storm before being tossed up on a beach and greeted by a French patrol. Another escape. In Paris, he meets Capt. Colquhoun Grant, thought dead after French imprisonment. With Napoleon 2,000 miles away in Russia, Hawkwood's astonished to learn he's key in a conspiracy to overthrow the Little Corporal. After all, the empire is merely "one man's delusion of grandeur...no more solid than a grass house built on sand." With drunken generals, betrayals and revenge to be sought, McGee drops French eminences into the plot, with a sufficient number of generals, colonels and bureaucrats peopling the narrative's second half to require a score card. Villains abound--including Vidocq, former convict and first chief of the dreaded Brigade de Sret. Most entertainingly, the talented McGee scatters literary nuggets and factoids about places and people--for example, Vidocq, Grant and other characters are drawn from history. McGee is also a knowledgeable tour guide of 1812 Paris. With a supporting cast from Jacobite migr Jamie McPherson to general's wife Denise Malet to Lt. Stuart, captaining the cutter Griffin across the stormy Channel only to be captured and tortured, Hawkwood proves a worthy hero for this epic tale. Hawkwood fans will delight. New readers should seek out the full series.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.