War Game

In the agricultural peace of contemporary England, a conflict video game recreates the slaughter of the Civil battle. but if the conflict ends, a true corpse is left it the Swine Brook; and an aristocratic yet impoverished progressive claims to have came upon a cache of "Cromwell's Gold".

When David Audley is termed in, 17th-century secrets and techniques and the lethal video game of contemporary espionage conflict in a brilliantly complicated mystery of bluff and counterbluff.

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He used to be down there, tucked in correct opposed to the bank,” he acknowledged easily. “Out of sight, virtually. ” within the primary hole the banks have been trampled right down to the water’s side, yet right here there have been miniature cliffs or 3 toes excessive. “There used to be a slim beginning to the brook here,” defined Digby. “On this facet, anyway—on the opposite it was once sturdy brambles, 4 or 5 ft excessive. ” “What was once he really doing the following— James Ratcliffe? ” requested Audley. “He was once accountable for of the burning wagons. there have been 4 wagons in all— outdated issues we employed from the farmers—“ “To burn? ” “They weren’t truly burnt. They have been loaded with smoke-canisters, and it used to be the task of the lighting tricks part to set them off at periods. ” “So James Ratcliffe was once within the lighting tricks part? ” “Yes, sir … and he was once additionally chairman of the protection Committee, sir. ” Sergeant Digby closed his mouth at the final be aware as if he desired to verify no different phrases escaped custody. Audley nodded patiently. “And simply what does the lighting tricks part do … while it’s no longer making smoke with no fireplace? ” Digby struggled momentarily with the query, identifying eventually that there has been no approach it may be replied with a immediately yes-or-no. “They trigger small explosive fees more often than not. whatever that includes any type of possibility, too. ” “Such as? ” Digby shrugged. “Falling off issues. Falling into water … that kind of factor. They post their rules to the protection Committee first, after all. ” Audley observed without warning that the sergeant used to be being pulled numerous other ways right now. As a superb copper he didn’t are looking to be unco-operative with an effective officer, although during this example the very best officer was once a house place of work interloper. yet as a uniform guy hooked up to the CID and to Superintendent Weston, who used to be additionally his destiny boss in addition to his quick one, he resented the interloper’s presence. yet there has been not anything strange approximately that pro tug-of-war; what distorted the pull used to be a 3rd strength exerted via his loyalty to the Double R Society, at the very least as far as he didn’t wish the interloper to get the inaccurate principles approximately its operations. “I see. ” He nodded gravely, stifling the temptation to monitor jocularly that James Ratcliffe’s ultimate “special influence” have been the main unbelievable of all. “But this time he used to be simply dependable of—ah—making smoke, eh? ” Digby gazed at him mournfully. “No, sir. ” “No? ” “He was once additionally one of many particular casualties. ” Digby swallowed. Understatement of the day. yet instead of say that Audley controlled a delicate wondering grunt. “The lighting tricks are laid directly to … curiosity the spectators. ” Digby nerved himself to the necessary rationalization with an seen attempt. “On this celebration Jim Ratcliffe led our attack—the Roundhead assault, that is—on the Royalist line correct in entrance of the crowd—“ 7. The conflict will start at three. 15 sharp. (i) Roundhead leading edge fired on via Royalists blockading line of enhance alongside outdated highway … … (viii) basic attack through Roundheads with complete strength other than leading edge (still enticing highway block force).

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