Spain, 1810. On land and sea, the British fight for their lives.
It's autumn 1810, Napoleon's legions have overrun Spain, and it looks as if Britain is losing the war.
Backed by the Royal Navy, the British and their Spanish allies are clinging on to a toe-hold at Cadiz. As the French press ever closer, Lieutenant Williams of His Majesty's 106th Foot joins the Spanish partisans fighting behind enemy lines. Embroiled in the merciless guerrilla war, he soon realises that the greatest dangers come from his own side. A traitor is at work, and Williams must try to reach the British lines and warn them before a surprise raid on the French turns into a disaster.
Goldsworthy brilliantly evokes the reality of life - and death - in the early 19th-century British Army - DAILY MAIL
Goldsworthy tells this story with great skill and narrative force - WALL STREET JOURNAL
Compelling - FINANCIAL TIMES
A superb achievement - LITERARY REVIEW
Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR was recognised by John Keegan as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. He has gone on to write several other books, including PAX ROMANA, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, THE FALL OF THE WEST, CAESAR, IN THE NAME OF ROME and ROMAN WARFARE, which have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages. A full-time author, he regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes.