This is a Canadian counter-intelligence novel with a North of the border spin in the 1862 American Civil War.
Numerous Southern Confederate spies and military officers flood into Montreal and Halifax to plan secret missions. Their aim is to provoke war between England and the Union. Officer Erryn Shaw, a British aristocrat one of Monck's spies, is assigned to infiltrate groups of Confederates in order to keep Canada and Britain out of the war. On a mission to Montreal he meets and courts an intriguing woman, Sylvie Bowen, who previously escaped the cotton mills of England seeking a better life. Their relationship is put to the test as they are caught up in a whirlwind of intrigue.
This historical fiction is based on fact although the timing of the events may not be accurate according to the author's notes. It was revealing to find out that a number of prominent Canadians "Grey Tories" aided the Confederacy with illegal and clandestine activities and many others were outspoken supporters of the cause. Although most of the characters are fictional, their activities are real. The American Civil War posed a danger to its Northern neighbour; this necessitated the use of strangely placed "Informers" along the border.
Here are some of the events:
.The intended raid on the Federal prison camp at Johnson's island. .The capture by the Union of the Princess Royal, the most important blockade seizure of the war. .The yellow fever plot where contaminated material destined for three American Cities was discovered in trunks coming from Bermuda. .The deadly high seas raids by the Southern forces. .The famous hesapeake Affair, in which a hijacked U.S. vessel is retaken inside Sambro Harbour.Read more ›
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