Now rid of Prince John's henchman, William, Marian and their friends
are finally free to relax a little. Their respite is short, however.
A judge known for his integrity and doggedness has been dispatched to
Nottingham by the regent to investigate the recent trouble, and from
the town's very bowels, drawn by the rumours about the theft of the
royal treasure, another gang of brigands emerges, their hearts and
intentions far less pure than those of the `Merry Men' allied with
the Hood ...
1192. Richard, King of England, hasn't returned from the Crusades.
Rumours say he may be dead, and his brother John Lackland begins
moving his pieces to claim the throne, counting on the support - and
money - of the kingdom's sheriffs. Deep inside Sherwood Forest,
Marian, young Saxon Lady, tries to convince a family of outlaws to
join her in fighting the prince, with the help of a mysterious man in
a hood - none other than the Sheriff of Nottingham himself!
The fierce Cossacks have long lived as a free people, but in the 17th
century, the king of Poland-Lithuania wants to end that freedom. A
young deserter from the hussars is caught in the nascent conflict.
The first volume of a great historical saga. 1634, Ukraine. Karlis, a
young Winged Hussar of Poland-Lithuania, sickened by the carnage of
war, deserts. To wash their honour, the men of his old unit hunt him
mercilessly, while two people secretly observe the pursuit. They are
Cossacks, from a people of freedom-loving warriors ... and it is with
them that Karlis will eventually find refuge. But if he left his
regiment, it's also because of the last orders he was given, which he
refused to follow: the king of Poland-Lithuania wants the Cossacks
Prince John was not at all impressed with the Sheriff of Nottingham's
resistance to his plans, any more than with the support the regent of
England gives the same William. When he learns that the regent's
secretary is none other than William's uncle, John Lackland decided
to kill two birds with one stone, and deprive both his political
rival and his enemy in Nottingham of a precious ally. Meanwhile, in
Sherwood, a mysterious `Hood' has taken to robbing rich merchants ...
Despite the heroic efforts of L Detachment, the unit's victories
haven't managed to stop the advance of the German war machine. Soon,
Rommel is at the gates of Egypt, and losses mount among David
Stirling and Paddy Mayne's men - some crueller than others. In the
end, they will have to reinvent themselves and give everything to
push back the Desert Fox and earn their name at last: The Special Air
After the disaster that was their first mission, the SAS refused to
give up, and their second wave of raids proved a powerful validation
of the concept behind their unit. Unfortunately, they still have many
enemies at headquarters, and now they must capitalise on their
success. While they lack neither daring nor imagination, they will
have to contend with an enemy who knows how to adapt, and learn to
live with the terrible human cost of the war ...
1941. Almost all of Europe is under the Nazi heel. Great Britain
still holds out, but the situation worsens with every passing day.
And in North Africa, gateway to the Middle East and its immense oil
reserves, Rommel now threatens Egypt, keystone of British defences.
In those desperate times, three men (David Stirling, Blair Mayne and
`Jock' Lewes), three unconventional officers, band together to create
a small, elite unit that will become a military legend: the SAS.