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Micah Clarke

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book Overview: 

This book tells the story of Micah Clarke's adventures. As a boy he follows his rather romantic notions of what it means to be a soldier and how to find adventure. But over the course of his career, adventure finds him, and it is not always quite as fun as Micah had pictured it to be - especially as he finds himself involved in a rebellion.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Another mile or two may shake us clear. But I like it not.'

'Like not what?'

'These horses and their terrors. The beasts can at times both see and hear more than we, as I could show by divers examples drawn from mine own experience on the Danube and in the Palatinate, were the time and place more fitting. Let us on, then, before we rest.'

The weary horses responded bravely to the call, and struggled onwards over the broken ground for a considerable time. At last we were thinking of pulling up in good earnest, and of congratulating ourselves upon having tired out our pursuers, when of a sudden the bell-like baying broke upon our ears far louder than it had been before—so loud, indeed, that it was evident that the dogs were close upon our heels.

'The accursed hounds!' cried Saxon, putting spurs to his horse and shooting ahead of us; 'I feared as much. They have freed them from the leash. There is no escape from the devils, but. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A delightful tale by Conan Doyle that highlights a long-forgotten chapter of British history, Lord Monmouth's unsuccessful rising against James II. As anyone familiar with the Holmes canon can understand, the story-telling more than makes up for the someone stilted dialogue. Surprisingly entertainin

This started with such promise, as a fan of this great writer I was looking forward to trying his non-Sherlock stories. To make the "Monmouth Rebellion" a background is a head-scratcher. In spite of the author interjecting a few times that all religion should be respected-: Why choose a fanatical fu

Arthur Conan Doyle’s historical novels have such an ambivalent attitude towards war that I cannot make up my mind whether the negative images of war in Conan Doyle’s books is a deliberate choice, or something that he unconsciously includes in his work.

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This is the story of a young man who joins in an attempt to depose king James II of England with his half brother the Duke of Monmouth. Known as the Monmouth rebellion, it was essentially a religious struggle more than political as James was trying to turn England into a Roman Catholic nation and th

Micah Clarke, first published in 1889, is a swashbuckling adventure set against a background of the Monmouth rebellion of 1685, culminating in the Battle of Sedgemoor. The story is told through the first person recollections of Micah Clarke, a Puritan. The swashbuckling style means that many larger

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