Knight of Swords by Ian Breckon

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Winter 1944: northern Italy is a battlefield, with Communist partisans locked in vicious conflict with the forces of Mussolini’s fascist Republic of Salò. Brookes, a wounded fugitive, finds shelter in an isolated and decaying castle in the mountains, home to a reclusive nobleman and his family. But as he recovers his strength, he discovers that the inhabitants of the castle are not quite what they seem; he also realizes that they have no intention of letting him leave.

Snowed in through the long winter, Brookes, the Barone, and his family are drawn into a complex game of power and seduction. And as the violent demands of the warring world outside the castle become ever more insistent, they face a final choice: a decision that will determine the living from the dead.

Knight of Swords is a gripping tale of identity and illusion, of games played for the highest stakes amid the devastation of war. At the heart of its enthralling mystery lies a timeless story: one of loyalty and betrayal, humanity and conflict, and the redemptive power of love.

About Ian Breckon

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Ian Breckon was born in 1970. He began to write while teaching English in Italy. He has recently returned to England and now lives in Bath where he is at work on his second novel, a murder mystery set on the French Riviera in the 1920s.
Published June 1, 2011 by Counterpoint. 284 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Breckon's lopsided but promising debut is thick with menacing atmosphere and begins as British army captain Francis Brookes, accused of treason by the anti-Fascist partisans he's been working with in 1944 Italy, prepares to be executed.

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Historical Novel Society

Standing still, he felt again the swift cold apprehension that somebody was close to him, a tightness at the nape of his neck…” Breckon’s mix of genres, gothic and World War II-tough guy, worked, but I still question the nameless protagonist at the book’s beginning and the disconcerting twist at ...

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