The ninth action-packed Victorian military adventure featuring hero Jack Lark: soldier, leader, imposter.
'Like all the best vintages Jack Lark has aged to perfection. Scarred, battered and bloody, his story continues to enthral' Anthony Riches
Roguish hero Jack Lark - soldier, leader, imposter - crosses borders once more as he pursues a brand-new adventure in Africa.
London, 1868. For five years, Jack Lark has run a thriving club in the backstreets of Whitechapel. But life takes a devastating turn when he refuses to bow down to the East End's most formidable criminal.
A wanted man, Jack flees England. Together with his friend and treasure hunter, Macgregor, he joins the British army on campaign across Abyssinia, a high-stakes mission that returns Jack to the battlefield and on to the fortress of Magdala where the formidable Emperor Tewodros has taken British subjects prisoner.
But life on the run can turn dangerous, especially in a land ravaged by war . . .
Praise for the Jack Lark series:
'Brilliant' Bernard Cornwell
'Enthralling' The Times
'Bullets fly, emotions run high and treachery abounds... exceptionally entertaining historical action adventure' Matthew Harffy
'Expect ferocious, bloody action from the first page' Ben Kane
'You feel and experience all the emotions and the blood, sweat and tears that Jack does... I devoured it in one sitting' Parmenion Books
Like all the best vintages Jack Lark has aged to perfection. Scarred, battered and bloody, his story continues to enthral
Collard ... evokes the horror of that era with great brio. Enthralling - The Times
With villains aplenty, and a cast of memorable characters surrounding Jack Lark, Fugitive is a great addition to this fabulous series . . . Collard's wonderful rogue, Jack Lark, rampages through skirmishes and cataclysmic battles, in search of riches, vengeance and, ultimately, his place in the world. Once again, Paul Fraser Collard proves he is a true master of action adventure.
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.