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The emperor's gold

Author: Robert Wilton
Publisher: London : Corvus, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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July 1805: Napoleon's army masses across the Channel - Britain is within hours of invasion and defeat. Only one thing stands in the way - an obscure government bureau of murky origins and shadowy purpose: The Comptrollerate General for Scrutiny and Survey. Behind the clash of fleets and armies, there lies a secret world of intrigue, deception, treachery and violence. Which is precisely why the Comptrollerate exists  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Action and adventure fiction
Suspense fiction
Historical fiction
Fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Wilton
ISBN: 9781848878372 1848878370
OCLC Number: 732343087
Notes: At head of title: From the archives of the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey.
Awards: Winner of HWA/Goldsboro Crown for Debut Historical Fiction 2012
Description: 432 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: - It's 1805. The armies of France have beaten every challenger. Now they camp by the English Channel, awaiting only safe passage to complete Napoleon's domination of Europe. Into this feverish environment, ripe for treason and sedition, comes a dead man. Pulled half-drowned from a shipwreck, his past erased, Tom Roscarrock is put to work for the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey, his mission is a deliberate device to reveal the British spy network in France...
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An intense, imaginative and darkly atmospheric historical spy thriller set in 1805, when Britain was within hours of invasion and defeat by Napoleon. O'Brian meets le Carre with a nod towards  Read more...

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A sparkling gem of a novel; not only a gripping espionage thriller that has the extra thrill of being grounded in genuine history, but a beautiful, lyrical novel alive with the sheer joy of language. Read more...

 
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