"Knowing David as I do I expected the research for this wonderful novel, set in troubled times in 19th century America, to be impeccable. Every detail you know is spot on and the story riveting." Rick Stein

"An epic tale by a born storyteller. David Taylor’s eye for detail and passion for historical context bring to life the dramatic adventures of a remarkable soldier of fortune. From English aristocracy to the battlefields of Tennessee in the civil War, this book provides an understanding of the forces and personalities that helped shape the American Century, with the added treat of a ringside view of one of modern history’s most exotic and enigmatic characters." Steve Anderson, Executive Producer, BBC Question Time