Casemate Publishing The year is 1900 and China is plunged into barbaric chaos. The Boxers, a cult of young peasants who blame the foreign barbarians living in their country – particularly the missionaries – for the nation’s ills, are rampaging through the country, killing foreigners. China’s Dowager Empress – ‘The Dragon Lady’ – secretly encourages them. The new century has begun and former captain and army scout Simon Fonthill, his wife Alice and ‘352’ Jenkins, Fonthill’s former batman and trusted comrade, are caught up in bloody chaos in the Chinese countryside. Into this maelstrom land Simon, Alice and Jenkins, as they are enroute to visit Alice’s uncle, a country missionary. Threatened by the Boxers, the three escort the missionary and his family to the safety of Peking. En route, the party is attacked by the red-bannered Boxers and the missionary is killed. The survivors reach Peking only to find that the capital is no sanctuary. The Legations of the foreign ministers within the city is surrounded and the Siege of Peking begins. Fonthill, Jenkins and Chang, the missionary’s adopted son, volunteer to slip through the enemy lines to bring help. It proves to be Fonthill’s most dangerous mission...
“[An] action packed fast-paced adventure. The loyalty, bravery and affection the trio [Simon Fonthill, Jenkins and Alice Fonthill] share make the stories throughout the series even more engaging.” Historical Novels Review
"Grown up Boy's Own stuff, a pacy read" Sunday Express
Baker & Taylor After the foreigner-hating Boxers in 1900 China begin the Siege of Peking, Simon Fonthill, "352" Jenkins and Chang, a British missionary's adopted son, embark on a dangerous mission to slip through enemy lines and find help.