Part high-octane suspense, part dire warning, The Eagle and the Viper from multiple-winning novelist Loren D. Estleman reveals how close our world came—at the dawn of a promising new century—to total war.
It’s a time of improvised explosive devices, terrorist training camps, international assassins, and war on civilians. It’s Christmas Eve, 1800.
This much is history: On Christmas Eve, 1800, an “infernal machine” exploded in one of the busiest streets in Paris, France, destroying buildings and killing innocent civilians. It wasn’t the first attempt on the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul of the newly minted Republic of France.
This much is exclusive to our story: Upon the failure of the Christmas Eve plot, the conspiracy takes a new and more diabolical turn.
Posterity knows what became of Napoleon: He led France into a series of military adventures that ended in his defeat, followed by decades of peace. But this future hung on a precarious thread. One man can make history; another can change it.
“This is no work for a soldier,” said Saint-Réjant. “I joined the army to get out of farming.”
“Did you gripe this much in the army?” Carbon asked.
“Only until they made me a general.”
Praise for The Eagle and the Viper
“Fascinating premise of this standout novel... Estleman demonstrates that his versatility extends to mastery of multiple genres.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A beautifully written book that is filled with historical accuracy, The Eagle and The Viper is a page-turner.” —Mystery and Suspense Magazine
“Estleman mixes historical fact and fiction together so seamlessly that it’s impossible, unless you’re a scholar of French history, to know where one leaves off and the other begins... A fine novel, rich in historical detail and boasting a clever plot... He delivers a first-rate historical thriller.” —Booklist
“A masterful tale, full of accurate historical detail and awe-inspiring writing.” —Historical Novel Society