Tom Williams is the author of several historical novels, including The White Rajah’ which I really enjoyed. ‘Burke in the Land of Silver’ is a tale of spies and skulduggery in the Napoleonic Wars as Britain invades Argentina. You can read about Tom’s research for this novel on his blog.
James Burke never set out to be a spy.
But with Napoleon rampaging through Europe, the War Office needs agents and Burke isn’t given a choice. It’s no business for a gentleman, and disguising himself as a Buenos Aires leather merchant is a new low.
His mission, though, means fighting alongside men who see the collapse of the old order giving them a chance to break free of Spanish colonial rule. He falls in love with the country – and with the beautiful Ana.
Burke wants both to forward British interests and to free Argentina from Spain. But his new found selflessness comes up against the realities of international politics. When the British invade, his attempts to parley between the rebels and their new rulers leave everybody suspicious of him. Despised by the British, imprisoned by the Spanish and with Ana leaving him for the rebel leader, it takes all Burke’s resolve and cunning to escape. Only after adventuring through the throne rooms and bedrooms of the Spanish court will he finally come back to Buenos Aires, to see Ana again and avenge himself on the man who betrayed him.
Tom lives in London and when not writing, enjoys skiing, skating, and dancing tango, preferably in Buenos Aires.
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