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The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age: A Henry Doyle Novel (The Henry Doyle Novels) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 11, 2017
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In 2010 I had retired from a 35-year career as a consultant to multinational corporations in Latn America, Europe, Africa and the Middle east. My wife JoAnn and I had pretty much finished restoring the 1750's home we bought in 1987. (At times it tried to finish us :-). So the essential question for me was "Now what?" My business book, The Tao of Sales, published in 1997, had attracted a loyal, appreciative audience, and I had stories I wanted to tell. I published my first historical novel, Blood Brothers, in 2011, a biography of America's most successful and revered high school soccer coach, The Life and ties of Miller Bugliari in 2015, and the sequel to Blood Brothers, The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age this year. I'm now working on a spy novel, Doppelganger set in World War II France.
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As an aid to Thomas’ complex historical series he labels ‘A Henry Doyle Novel” he places before the reader a guidepost of information – the names of the characters – Mohawks, Tauregs, Algerians, Americans and French - who populate this engrossing historical novel.
The flavor of the adventure is suggested in the Prologue set in the Mohawk Valley, October 1779 – ‘Henry Doyle ran back toward the village at full speed, tree branches slashing his face and tugging at his gear, dreading what he might find. For three months, Doyle and his Mohawk brothers had been fighting a hopeless retreating battle against General Sullivan’s invading American army of 3,000 Continental regulars and militia as the Rebels worked their way north from the Susquehanna, burning every Mohawk village they came to. The Mohawks, their crops destroyed and homes torched, fled toward safety in Canada. But in the panic to escape, a group of women and children had been left behind. Henry slowed down and moved cautiously as he neared the crest of a small hill overlooking the village. Beside his knife and tomahawk, he was carrying the Kentucky long rifle he had taken from a dead Rebel, two pistols, and a large-caliber Hessian Jaeger carbine on his back. In the village, 50 yards away, a group of five Rebels, all militiamen, had gathered the twelve women and children into a clearing. “All right! You know what to do,” the leader, a big, red-bearded man, shouted. “Cooper! Randall! Start firing these rat holes!” He pointed to the Mohawk homes, clustered neatly at the edge of the village’s corn and bean fields stretching along the river. “The prisoners?” another Rebel asked. “Kill ‘em all!” “Even the children?” “The children especially,” the leader roared. “Kill ‘em before they can breed.”
Thomas distills this engrossing complex story in his synopsis – ‘At 55, Henry Doyle has it all: wealth, happiness, a loving wife, a young son, and most important, his life − after a violently successful, 35-year career as a spy, soldier of fortune, and as needed, paid assassin. To the men he’s led in battle against Napoleon, he is El Habibka, the legendary Bedouin cavalry general. To the French who hate and fear him, he is more ominous: a shadow − a Sufi ghost – le wraith qui disparaît. When Napoleon escapes captivity on Elba in 1815 to return as Emperor, Henry comes out of retirement, risking all to stop him – and fails, winding up in an Algerian torture dungeon. His half-brother Peter Kirkpatrick, a dashing American privateer captain, sails for Algiers in a daring, but utterly foolhardy rescue attempt. Henry’s wife Dihya, knowing nothing of Peter’s plan, determines to free her husband the only way she can think of: by becoming an odalisque in his captor’s harem. Her weapons are sex, her courage, and her razor-sharp shreu dagger. The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age weaves together three journeys: Peter Kirkpatrick’s attempt to fight his way into Algiers to rescue Henry; Dihya’s infiltration of Hashin’s Harem to accomplish the same goal; and Henry’s spiritual journey as he confronts what he believes is the loss of everything he has loved in the world.’
Strong propulsive writing, rich in color and vivid language make this a fine introduction to what appears to be a series of importance. Grady Harp, June 17
I’ll keep this review brief to avoid any plot leaks but this book is something that will certainly bring you back into historical times as the story revolves around Henry Doyle, an adopted Mohawk who has long retired from his escapades and now has a family of his own with the exquisite princess Dihya and a young son named Agizul.
Certain circumstances surrounding the escape of Napoleon Bonaparte now forces Doyle to jump back into action or risk his family and home. Along with this is also the involvement of his half-brother, Peter Kirkpatrick, who holds nothing but awe for Doyle.
The plot thickens and I shall spare you the better parts to read (Some people do long reviews with spoilers, I’m not that person), but this book is certainly a must to pick up, especially with its ties and strategies. A good read and well-executed as well. Terms are notably explained before the story starts which leaves the reader with no excuse on confusion and allows one to indulge and fully understand every bit.
bold and Daring Act of the Age tells the tale of a spy who has dedicated his life to what he believes in and can finally take a back seat in the comfort of his home and family. Unfortunately it doesn't end there and Henry is forced to fight once again for what he believes in. This time, his wife Dihya also has to make the ultimate sacrifices to fight for her beloved husband in an attempt to save him.
Behr is insightful and his novel depicts a well- researched historic masterpiece that clearly has his heart and soul poured into his work. He fills the book with such emotion and thought. Definite read for anyone who has a keen interest in history.
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