Historical

Fortune’s Soldier By Alex Rutherford|Book Review


Title: Fortune’s Soldier

Author: Alex Rutherford

Pages: 448 pages (Hardback)

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: December 3, 2018

Publisher:  Hachette India


It is 1744, and Nicholas Ballantyne, a young Scotsman dreaming of a life as laird of his ancestral estate finds himself quite unexpectedly on the

Winchester, a ship bound for Hindustan, seeking to begin a new life as a ‘writer’ on the rolls of the British East India Company. On board, he meets the spirited and mercurial Robert Clive, determined – at whatever cost – to make a fortune in a land of opportunity.


Over the years that follow, their friendship sees many twists and turns as Clive’s restless hunger for wealth and power takes him from being a clerk to a commander in the Company’s forces, masterminding plans to snuff out rival French interests in Hindustan and eventually leading the company forces to victory at Plassey, the prelude to nearly two centuries of foreign rule in Hindustan.

Brilliantly crafted, and bringing to life the momentous events that shook India in the mid-eighteenth century, Fortune’s Soldier is an epic tale of a fascinating era by a master storyteller.

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“Success breeds over-confidence. Pride comes before a fall…”

Fortune’s Soldier is a historical-fiction written by Diana Preston and her husband Michael, under the pen name Alex Rutherford.

The story is revolves around Nicholas Ballantyne an employed soldier of the East India Company. Specifically around his character development and adventures in Hindustan.


The Fortune’s Soldier, is throughly researched and that is very much evident in the story where fiction is enmeshed with facts. The political turmoil and the wars are made more intriguing with multi faceted characters. Every character from Nicholas himself to Clive, Tuhin Singh and Rose had an edge and each stood out as their own.

I found the book all over more interesting as I got to read the depiction of some of the major events from the colonial rule from an author duo who are British.


What didn’t work for me was the pace. It’s sometimes more informative and descriptive than needed and can be a tad bit draining.

Overall I would recommend Fortune’s Soldier to fans of historical fiction/non-fiction.

My Rating: 3.75/5


French Exit is available in Hardcover and e-book.

Buy Links : Amazon(IN), Amazon(UK)

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