Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Six Frenchmen Series

Just a word about the Six Frenchmen to introduce them:
Even though the threat of Napoleon had been averted by his imprisonment on Elba; there were whisperings that men were plotting to cause his escape and some of those men were Englishmen who had become traitors to their own country.
The six Frenchmen had not exactly been released from the British army, they were instead assigned to ferret out the traitors hopefully before Napoleon would be allowed to escape and this was why they were on their home turf; this was of course a top secret mission of which only certain members of the war department were aware and if they lost their lives, their deaths would not be acknowledged by the army.

The French men were brothers who owned homes up and down the coast of the English Channel even as far as Plymouth. The war department decided that with six watchers whose homes were strategically, conveniently placed to observe without undue suspicion, all the goings on in the channel; it was better for the six Frenchmen to be home instead of fighting the war on the other side of the channel especially since Napoleon had been defeated and was in exile.
 It was ironic that with a name such as French, the six men were fighting against France; it was also ironic that their mother was a French Émigré and who had taught her boys to speak fluent French, German, Spanish and Italian with a perfect accent and some of the boys had even taken her coloring. What could be better to fight against Napoleon than Frenchmen who were English yet spoke fluent European languages; how much better to thwart the enemy could it be?
The six were usually referred to as the Six Frenchmen, which was indeed confusing to French patriots, and that was more than likely why their campaigns against the enemy had always been successful; adding their perfect accents and language to the mix was indeed enough to confuse the enemy. It would be possible to arrange meetings with those English traitors who didn’t know who the Frenchmen actually were and glean enough enemy information to hang the traitors and confound the enemy.
   This business was not any less dangerous than what the French brothers had already been doing and could prove to be more so; they’d all been given leave to relax for a few months in London to give the impression they’d been released from the army before going to their various homes. Complications arose in the well thought out plans because as each brother returned to his home, he became involved with a woman whom he was unable to resist and each woman came with her own set of problems to solve. It is well known that Napoleon did escape from Elba eventually despite the efforts to prevent it but the Corsican monster was not the only monster needing to be eradicated. Was the Dragon German, French, Italian, or English and what debauchery was he involved in? Could the French men overcome both monsters and solve the young ladies problems too? Only I know the answers. I am almost finished writing the first in this series and I hope those who readit will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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