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Jack Lark: Recruit (A Jack Lark Short Story): The gripping adventure novella of an aspiring young British Army soldier

Paul Fraser Collard

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Fiction, Historical fiction

The second e-novella featuring teenage Jack Lark - a fierce and ambitious young Redcoat recruit determined to rise above his lot in life

Recruit by Paul Fraser Collard recounts the early life of roguish hero Jack Lark - dubbed 'Sharpe meets the Talented Mr Ripley'- who will one day become The Scarlet Thief. This series is a must-read for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow. 'An appealing and formidable hero' - Sunday Express

Forced to leave London, young recruit Jack Lark is determined to make his way as a Redcoat. Despite the daily tirades of Sergeant Slater, a sadistic monster of a man who sees his new trainees as the scum of the earth, Jack holds on to his belief that the Army will give him a better life.

His comrades are a rough and ready bunch, and Jack falls in with Charlie Evans, a cheerful young clerk who quickly comes to regret joining up. But once you've taken the Queen's Shilling, there is no way out: deserters always pay the highest price.

As Charlie schemes to escape, Jack, always a loyal friend, is forced into an impossible situation where the wrong move could leave him taking the long walk to the gallows...

From the author of THE SCARLET THIEF, THE MAHARAJAH'S GENERAL and THE DEVIL'S ASSASSIN, the second e-novella featuring teenage Jack Lark.

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Praise for Jack Lark: Recruit (A Jack Lark Short Story): The gripping adventure novella of an aspiring young British Army soldier

  • Brilliant . . . I look forward to reading more of Jack Lark

  • Savage, courageous, and clever - Goodreads on THE SCARLET THIEF

  • Jack Lark is an unforgettable new hero

  • Paul Collard is a major new talent, who writes with a clear fast-paced tight prose. His imagination and attention to historical detail clearly put him among the top in his field - Parmenion Books on JACK LARK: ROGUE

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Paul Fraser Collard

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.

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