17 February 2012 6:34 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Familiar history gets a new twist in Clifford Beal's debut novel Gideon's Angel, recently acquired by Solaris for publication in 2013.

Described as The Day of the Jackal meets The Devil Rides Out, this swashbuckling historical fantasy set in the aftermath of the English Civil War of the mid-17th century sees science and alchemy as strange bedfellows with witchcraft and magic.

Set in England in 1653, it follows Colonel Richard Treadwell, an exiled Royalist officer in the service of Cardinal Mazarin, as he secretly returns home from France to assassinate Oliver Cromwell, now king in all but name.

But a secret army run by a deluded Puritan is bent on the same quest, guided by the Devil's hand. When demonic entities are summoned, Treadwell must switch allegiances to save Cromwell and stop England descending into hell. First he must convince the man sent to bring him back to the Cardinal: A young king's musketeer named d'Artagnan. »

- David Bentley

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