Author: Michael Arnold
Book: Highwayman: Winter Swarm
Published: October 2015
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Note: This ARC was provide by Endeavour Press for an honest review
It is December in The Year of Our Lord 1655. Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads have defeated the Cavaliers of King Charles. Cromwell is now the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England. Samson Lyle, one time Major in Cromwell’s army has deserted the English army. His beloved wife Alice paid the price. Spurred by revenge, Lyle has become an avenging angel against anyone who works for Cromwell. With his trusted ward, Bella, and Eustace Grumm, a former smuggler, he becomes the Ironside Highwayman. He not only has avoided capture, but has struck back at the people who murdered his wife.
Now Samson Lyle has a plan to weaken the tyrant army further. He just has to elude capture.
Highwayman: Winter Swarm is old-school swash and buckle. The novella brings the feel of the olde Errol Flynn movies of chivalrous adventure. Samson Lyle is a former soldier who had enough of the killing of innocent people. For that he was labeled an outlaw. When they couldn’t find him, they murdered his wife. Now he’s out for revenge, but he is not a ravening beast that you can find by following the trail of corpses. He is cunning, striking at the things the army needs to function. Every step of the way he risks being caught. Highwayman: Winter Swarm is a short, fast paced, fun read.