For­tune Sol­dier - The epic story of ROBERT CLIVE and the dawn of the Bri­tish Em­pire in In­dia

Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - - Alex Ruther­ford

It is 1744, and Ni­cholas Ballantyne, a young Scots­man dream­ing of a life as laird of his an­ces­tral es­tate finds him­self quite un­ex­pect­edly on the Winch­ester, a ship bound for Hin­dus­tan, seek­ing to be­gin a new life as a ‘writer’ on the rolls of the Bri­tish East In­dia Com­pany. On board, he meets the spir­ited and mer­cu­rial Robert Clive, de­ter­mined – at what­ever cost – to make a for­tune in a land of op­por­tu­nity. Over the years that fol­low, their friend­ship sees many twists and turns as Clive’s rest­less hunger for wealth and power takes him from be­ing a clerk to a com­man­der in the Com­pany’s forces, mas­ter­mind­ing plans to snuff out ri­val French in­ter­ests in Hin­dus­tan and even­tu­ally lead­ing his men to vic­tory at Plassey - the pre­lude to nearly two cen­turies of for­eign rule in Hin­dus­tan. Bril­liantly crafted, and bring­ing to life the mo­men­tous events that shook In­dia in the mid-eigh­teenth cen­tury, For­tune’s Sol­dier is an epic tale of a fas­ci­nat­ing era by a master sto­ry­teller.

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