The second volume in the Markham of the Marines trilogy
With his fiery Irish blood and well-known reputation for trouble, Lieutenant George Markham leads his embattled Royal Marines against the French in Corsica. His mission: to seize the island. His problem: not just the French, but also spies, traitors, and jealous rivals—including jealous husbands. As the bastard son of a Catholic father and a Protestant mother, Markham has a lot to prove. But as a scarred veteran of the war in America and against the French, Markham is battle-hardened in a way too many of his senior officers aren't. His hardness wins over his men, and with their help Markham ventures across the island to persuade the veteran war hero Pasquali Paoli to unite the Corsicans behind him. But their loyalty remains torn by a heritage of vendettas, French bribery, and crossing and double-crossing. Enemies abound, in both French blue and British red, and the only men Markham can rely on are the grim, taciturn Sergeant Rannoch and a man who owes Markham his life: Bellamy, the educated, Black Marine. Brimming with violent action and an energetic, pulsating plot, Honour Redeemed is a worthy successor to A Shred of Honour in the gripping Markham of the Marines series.
David Donachie was born in Edinburgh in 1944. He has always had an abiding interest in British naval history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as in military history, including ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, and the clandestine services during the Second World War. He has more than fifty published novels to his credit, with over a million copies sold. David lives in Deal, the historic English seaport on the border of the English Channel and the North Sea.
The action rises to a grand and bloody climax of fire, murder, and hairbreadth escape.
The plot complications are worthy of Baroness Orczy or either Dumas. . . . There is plenty of swashbuckling action and gory detail.
Swashbuckling novels have a long history, from The Three Musketeers through Raiders of the Lost Ark. . . . A Shred of Honour is a worthy entry in the field. . . . [Donachie’s] attention to historical detail is commendable and adds to the excitement, making Markham himself a memorable character.
The best since the Hornblower series if you like salty seadog tales.
Full-blooded historical action on land and sea.
You can smell the salt water and gunpowder.
Readers of the Horatio Hornblower or Patrick O’Brian sea stories will enjoy another of [Donachie’s] rousing Markham of the Marines series.
Like Bernard Cornwell and his celebrated hero Sharpe, [Donachie] has found a happy hunting ground—and he even dares to introduce Napoleon and Nelson as supporting players to his hero.
This swashbuckling tale . . . moves at a cracking pace, alternating between hard-fought battles, political intrigue and acts of treachery. . . . The most fascinating aspect of the book is detailed insight into the late-eighteenth-century battle strategies.
Markham has all the flawed genius of his literary ancestors and his success in action at the siege of Toulon seems likely to propel him to further adventures. . . A good read.
Excellent book for those armchair sailors who like nothing better than reading about the blood and thunder action days afloat in Nelson’s navy. . . . First-rate action.
Markham has style, panache, quick wits and a talent for violence—what more could you ask of a historical man of action?