The third e-novella featuring the early life of Jack Lark: soldier, leader, imposter.
Redcoat 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
Private Jack Lark wears his red coat with pride. Though life in Queen Victoria's service is tough, he relishes the camaraderie of Aldershot barracks, and four years' harsh discipline hasn't blunted his desire to be more than just a Redcoat.
When he learns that Captain Sloames needs a new orderly, Jack is determined to prove his worth both to the officer and to Molly, the laundry girl who has caught his eye. But standing in his way is Colour Sergeant Slater, a cruel and vicious bull of a man who loathes Jack, and is longing for the chance to ruin his ambition...
Savage, courageous, and clever - Goodreads on THE SCARLET THIEF
Jack Lark is an unforgettable new hero
The spirit of Sharpe lives again in another time, in another war, in the guise of Jack Lark - www.parmenionbooks.wordpress.com on THE MAHARAJAH'S GENERAL
Brilliant . . . I look forward to reading more of Jack Lark
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
Collard is no ordinary writer - I love the way that he brings this period of British military and imperial history to life, in all its colour, aggression, inequality, violence and vitality . . . A breathless, memorable read and I recommend it completely - For Winter Nights on The Devil s Assassin
Page-turning adventure, a hero with issues yet who's likable, and antagonists you will love to hate . . . It was hard to put down and a real pleasure to read - Historical Novels Review on THE MAHARAJAH'S GENERAL
Collard is no ordinary writer - I love the way that he brings this period of British military and imperial history to life, in all its colour, aggression, inequality, violence and vitality . . . A breathless, memorable read and I recommend it completely - For Winter Nights on THE DEVIL'S ASSASSIN
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.