Bombay, 1857. Jack Lark is living precariously as an officer when his heroic but fraudulent past is discovered by the Devil – Major Ballard, the army’s intelligence officer. Ballard is gathering a web of information to defend the British Empire, and he needs a man like Jack on his side. Not far away, in Persia, the Shah is moving against British territory and, with the Russians whispering in his ear, seeks to conquer the crucial city of Herat. The Empire’s strength is under threat and the army must fight back.
As the British march to war, Jack learns that secrets crucial to the campaign’s success are leaking into their enemies’ hands. Ballard has brought him to the battlefield to end a spy’s deceit. But who is the traitor?
THE DEVIL’S ASSASSIN sweeps Jack Lark through a thrilling tale of explosive action as the British face the Persian army in the inky darkness of the desert night.
Paul Fraser Collard has the exceptional talent of placing the reader right in the midst and heat and excitement of little-known battles and intriguing events in history. The third book in his Jack Lark series, The Devil’s Assassin, is no different.
Jack Lark is as savage and courageous as ever as he is forced into the spy games between Britain and Russia in Persia in the mid nineteenth century. As in the previous books, more layers are peeled back to expose Jack’s complex psyche, even as the action is gripping and fast-paced from the first page to the last.
Collard’s battle scenes are unparalleled, gritty and realistically gruesome; his characters are engaging and multi-faceted; and his settings are vividly detailed. Full of clever plot twists, The Devil’s Assassin is another riveting tale by Collard, proving himself to be a formidable figure in the genre.