The Emperor's GoldRobert Wilton
1 June 2011
Published by Corvus
July 1805: Napoleon’s army masses across the Channel – Britain is within hours of invasion and defeat.
Only one thing stands in the way – an obscure govenement bureau of murky origins and shadowy purpose: The Comptrollerate General for Scrutiny and Survey. Behind the clash of fleets and armies, there lies a secret world of intrigue, deception, treachery and violence.
Which is precisely why the Comptrollerate exists…
Into this feverish environment comes a dead man. Pulled half-drowned from a shipwreck, his past erased, Tom Roscarrock is put to work for the Comptrollerate and thrown headfirst into a bewildering world of political intrigue and violence.
In France, a plan is underway to shatter the last of England’s stability. In England, the man who recruited Roscarrock has disappeared, his agents keep turning up dead, and reports of a secret French fleet are panicking the authorities.
His life in danger and his motives increasingly suspect, Roscarrock must pursue the complex conspiracy across England and then into the heart of Napoleon’s France, there to confront the greatest mystery of all…
A sparkling gem of a novel; not only a gripping espionage thriller that has the extra thrill of being grounded in genuine history, but a beautiful, lyrical novel alive with the sheer joy of language. Literate, intelligent, utterly captivating. Not since Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall' has a novel been so drenched in a sense of time and place - and this has a plot that blows all comers out of the water.M C Scott
Robert Wilton's sensational thriller is set in 1805 as Napoleon's Grande Armée is about to invade England, but the real pleasure is the detail on London... Bernard Cornwell meets Ken Follet in a Southwark pub and someone gets coshed. That is to say, great, intelligent fun.