By Bernard Cornwell
The cherished accomplice Captain Nate Starbuck returns to front strains of the Civil battle during this moment installment of Bernard Cornwell's acclaimed Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles. it's the summer time of 1862, and Nate has been bloodied yet effective on the battles of Ball's Bluff and 7 Pines. yet he cannot break out his Northern roots, and it's only an issue of time till he is accused of being a Yankee undercover agent, pursued, and brutally interrogated. To transparent his identify, he needs to locate the true traitor—a seek that may require outstanding braveness, patience, and a deadly odyssey via enemy territory.
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It left a burning sensation in his mouth. Gillespie eased the bottle away and motioned for the guards to unfastened Starbuck. Starbuck gasped for breath. His mouth burned and his gullet appeared uncooked. He sensed the thick oil hitting his abdominal as he struggled to his knees. Then the purgative hit. He doubled over, spewing vomit onto the ground. The spasm left him breathless, yet ahead of he may perhaps get better, one other spasm ripped up from his stomach, then his bowels opened uncontrollably and the room full of his bad stink. He couldn't cease himself. He groaned and rolled at the ground, then jerked as one other spasm of vomit tore up his physique. The guards grinned and stepped again from him. Gillespie, careless of the bleak odor, watched avidly via his spectacles and made an occasional word in a small e-book. nonetheless the spasms racked Starbuck. even if there has been not anything left in his stomach or bowels he saved on gasping and twitching because the lousy oil scoured via his guts. “Let us speak again,” Gillespie acknowledged after a couple of minutes, whilst Starbuck used to be calmer. “Bastard,” Starbuck acknowledged. He used to be filthy, mendacity in grime, his outfits smeared with dust; he used to be humiliated and helpless and degraded via the dust. “Do you recognize a Mr. John Scully or a Mr. Lewis rate? ” Gillespie requested in his unique voice. “No. And to hell with you. ” “Have you been in conversation along with your brother? ” “No. rattling you. ” “Have you obtained letters care of the accomplice military Bible provide Society? ” “No! ” “And did you carry info to Timothy Webster on the huge lodge? ” “I’ll inform you what I did, you bastard! ” Starbuck raised his face and spat a dribble of vomit towards Gillespie. “I carried a gun into conflict for this state, that is greater than you ever did, you shit-faced son of a whinge! ” Gillespie shook his head as if Starbuck used to be in particular recalcitrant. “Again,” he acknowledged to the guards and lifted the bottle from the desk. “No! ” Starbuck acknowledged, yet one of many guards threw him down and either males pinioned him to the ground. Gillespie introduced the croton oil. “I’m curious to find simply how a lot oil one individual can endure,” Gillespie acknowledged. “Move him this manner, I don’t are looking to kneel in his droppings. ” “No! ” Starbuck moaned, however the funnel used to be thrust into his mouth once again and Gillespie, part smiling, poured one other move of the viscous yellowish liquid into the brass maw. The spasms hit back. The ache used to be a lot worse this time, a negative flaying uncooked anguish that burned in Starbuck’s stomach and unfold outward as he twisted in his personal dust. two times extra Gillespie poured the purgative down his throat, however the additional liquid yielded not more info. Starbuck nonetheless insisted he knew nobody referred to as Scully or Lewis or Webster. At noon the guards threw buckets of chilly water over him. Gillespie watched expressionless because the inert and stinking physique of the northerner used to be conducted of the room to be dumped in his cellphone after which, frustrated with himself for being overdue, he moved quickly away to the general Bible classification that met at lunchtime within the close by Universalist church.