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The War of the Dragon Lady (Simon Fonthill 8) - John Wilcox

The War of the Dragon Lady (Simon Fonthill 8) - John Wilcox
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This signed, lined and prepublication dated book comes with an authorisation slip (signed by Wilcox, see image) that confirms this is book № 30 [of 60].
Note the line has an interesting anomaly (see Book Data tab and image for more info).

Title: The War of the Dragon Lady

Author:  John Wilcox

ISBN:  9780749010034

Weight:  936 g

Signed, lined, prepublication dated and numbered first edition, first printing

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The War of the Dragon Lady by John Wilcox

Book eight of the Simon Fonthill historical action and adventure series


The year is 1900 and China is once again 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 any foreigners.  China’s Dowager Empress – ‘The Dragon Lady’ – secretly encourages them.

Into this maelstrom land former captain and army scout Simon Fonthill, his wife Alice and ‘352’ Jenkins, Fonthill’s former batman and trusted comrade, 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…

Peer & Press Reviews

Grown up Boy’s Own stuff, a pacy read.

Sunday Express

Comparisons could be made between Simon Fonthill and Jenkins, to Richard Sharpe and Harper; however, this would be overlooking a strong member of the team, Alice Fonthill, who also features in this action packed fast-paced adventure.  The loyalty, bravery and affection the trio share make the stories throughout the series even more engaging.

Valerie Loh, Historical Novels Review

Wilcox’s research gives this super-charged novel a wonderful cloak of authenticity with a large measure of imperial guts and glory.

Oxford Times

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
TitleThe War of the Dragon Lady
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Note: Line anomaly

The line added by the author is from the first line of the book and should read: Simon Fonthill eased himself in the saddle.  But when writing this line, Wilcox made an error, and the line reads: Simon Fonthill eased Saddle himself in the saddle.

To correct this, Wilcox scored through (with a double line) the Saddle error and added the word Sorry! and his initials.

On one of our images, we’ve used a red shape to highlight this mistake (see gallery); note we’ve superimposed this over the error, and it’s not a part of the page.

Book number30 [of 60]
SeriesSimon Fonthill (#8)
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Lined“Simon Fonthill eased Saddle himself in the saddle…”
Dated12/1/12  [prepublication]
EphemeraSigned and dated authorisation slip [see image] printed with the phrase, ‘This in [sic] one of sixty signed lined dated and numbered first editions authorised by Mr John Wilcox.’
Book Stats
PublisherAllison & Busby
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139780749010034
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages347
Size (h x w x d)241 x 162 x 32mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket designChristina Griffiths
Jacket photographR Kanareva / fotolia / Vii Studio / D Walker / iStockphoto

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