Synopses & Reviews
October 1812: Britain and France are still at war.
France is engaged on two battle fronts—Spain and Russia—and her civilians are growing weary of the fight. Rebellion is brewing. Since Napoleon Bonaparte appointed himself as First Consul, there have been several attempts to either kill or overthrow him. All have failed, so far! Meanwhile in London, Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood has been seconded to the foreign arm of the Secret Service. There, he meets the urbane Henry Brooke, who tells him he's to join a colleague in Paris on a special mission. Brooke's agent has come up with a daring plan and he needs Hawkwood's help to put it into action.
If the plan is successful it could lead to a negotiated peace treaty between France and the allies. Failure would mean prison, torture and a meeting with the guillotine.
"Given that readers know that Napoleon was not ousted in a coup in 1812 while leading his Russian campaign, it's a tribute to McGee's storytelling skills that his fourth thriller featuring a Regency-era James Bond (after 2013's Rapscallion) is as entertaining as it is. Matthew Hawkwood, a Bow Street Runner, has been assigned an impossible mission, complete with plausible deniability on the part of his superior in the Alien Office, who's responsible for rooting out troublemakers among the refugees from the Terror in postrevolutionary France. Posing as a French officer, Hawkwood is to cross the Channel, meet with an unnamed source, and assess the feasibility of the man's proposal to the British government. Hawkwood ultimately learns that the plan is to overthrow Bonaparte himself. The nonstop action doesn't come at the price of either plausibility or historical accuracy. Agent: Jennifer Weitz, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A darkly attractive hero, terrific period atmosphere and action that moves so fast." The TImes (London)
"Irresistible! Rambunctious entertainment."
"A richly enjoyable and impressively researched novel--also very gripping. James McGee is clearly a rising star in the historical galaxy and I look forward to Hawkwood's return." Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy
"McGee is a master of the historical thriller, creating fiction that remains true to historical fact. He is a highly accomplished writer, who adroitly weaves in subplots and switches points of view. His prose is visceral and evocative." Pittsburg Post-Gazette
Rebellion is brewing in Napoleonic Paris in the fourth adventure in the rollicking Regency thriller series featuring enigmatic Matthew Hawkwood
About the Author
James McGee, the pseudonym for Glen Moy, grew up in Gibraltar, Germany and Northern Ireland. He has worked in a variety of jobs, including banking, the airline industry, local radio and bookselling. He lives in Somerset. Four books from his Hawkwood series have been published in England by HarperCollins UK: Ratcatcher (2006), Resurrectionist (2007), Rapscallion (2008) and Rebellion (2011).