Wednesday, 9 April 2014


For those of you who haven't already seen it on Facebook, here's the cover.

Although most of the story is set in Argentina, it starts with Burke in Saint-Domingue (part of modern Haiti), where he fought with the Regiment of Dillon, a regiment made up mainly of Irishmen, but fighting under the French flag. The real James Burke fought in the Regiment of Dillon, but it's not a particularly well-known military outfit. So when Accent Press wanted a cover with a strong image on it, the temptation was to settle for a stock shot of a British redcoat. But I really wanted the cover to be authentic (notice the genuine early 19th century map in the background) and eventually we found a battle re-enactor who likes to dress up in – yes, you guessed it – the uniform of the Regiment of Dillon. And doesn't he look dramatic?

So there we are: a beautifully authentic cover.

Publication date is 8 May and then you can get to admire it on paper.


  1. Tom, it looks great - and that it is authentic makes a special bonus for us map and costume nerds!!

    Will those of us on the other side of the Pond be able to see it on May 8? I know at times there are differing release dates.

  2. AFAIK it is now available in the US. Please let me know if you have problems getting it.

  3. I've had it confirmed that the Kindle version is available in the US. The paperback can be bought from the US, but it's a hefty 325 pages and ships from Britain, so it's distinctly pricey.