“Arnold is good on the period setting of the Civil War, but he is excellent on the fighting. This is masterfully done.”
Antonia Senior, The Times
‘Arnold writes with such muscular flair the characters stride off the pages.’
“Intelligent plotting, historical accuracy, heart-
Captain Stryker, we are promised, will return… “
“The battle scenes are uncomfortably good, especially the descriptions of real battles, in this case the battle of Stratton in Cornwall. The research is impressive and the narrative vivid.
If you liked the earlier books you will enjoy this, and you will be looking forward to 1644.”
“Read this book for historical entertainment backed by extensive research of the time we and you will not be disappointed. Every major scene is based on fact, the feeling of the atrocious weather of the period, the fierce brutality of civil war and the fervour of both sides is apparent on virtually every page. I am certainly going to get the first book and am pleased that Mr Arnold has promised, ‘Captain Stryker will return’.”
John Ruse, English Civil War Society
“Above all there are three factors which secure Arnold’s series of ‘Stryker Chronicles’ as ‘must-
Matthew Christmas, Battlefield
“Captain Stryker is a character well able to attract readers on his own merits.... Many of the most famous engagements of the civil war are still to come, and the enigmatic Stryker’s involvement in them promises much entertainment.”
Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times
“Captures the grittiness, as well as the doomed glamour, of the Royalist cause.”
Charles Spencer, author of 'Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier'
"You can smell the gunpowder and hear the cannon fire as you're thrust into the mud and blood of the battlefields. Arnold's passion for the period suffuses every page."
Robyn Young, author of the Brethren Trilogy.
“this is a fast-
Ryedale Gazette and Herald
Yorkshire Evening Post
“... an intensely interesting, plot-
Terry Halligan, Euro Crime (www.eurocrime.co.uk)
'I loved Sharpe. I am going to be equally at home with Captain Stryker'
Historical Novels Review
‘Mike Arnold hooks the reader with the clash of steel and the roar of gunpowder. Rollicking action and proper history combine in this cracking series.'
Anthony Riches, author of the bestselling “Empire” series.
"Mike Arnold has caught all of the passion, urgency, fear and exhilaration of men in battle. Not only that, he's writing in a period that he obviously knows intimately and in to which he has breathed new life."
Patrick Mercer, author of 'To Do and Die' and 'Dust and Steel'.
A thundering, swashbuckling yarn that will get the blood of all Sharpe fans pumping. And this is a thundering, action-
But, Stryker finds himself on a collision course with a sworn, ruthless enemy.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Devil’s Charge is a thumping good read. With considerable skill, Arnold has reached back in time to create a living, breathing depiction of 17th century England. From his vividly described battle scenes to the richly drawn descriptions of everyday life, from the earthy vernacular of its characters to the precise details of military equipment, every last part of this book oozes authenticity. Fans of Cornwell’s Sharpe novels will love Arnold’s hero, Captain Innocent Stryker. He’s uglier, meaner and cleverer than Sharpe. I thought this novel was tremendous. Where’s the next book?!
Ben Kane: Top Ten Bestseller of ‘Hannibal, Enemy of Rome'
Michael Arnold’s superb Stryker Chronicles, set during England’s bitter Civil War, have reached the thrilling second instalment and the trumpet blasts, battle cries and howls of execration are filling the air again.
At the forefront of all the heart-
Lancashire Evening Post
If you love Sharpe, you’ll be knocked out by the 17th century Civil War adventures of Captain Innocent Stryker, who is just as tough, merciless and fearless in battle. In fact, at times this one-
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
In this dark-
Matthew Dennison, Daily Express