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And the subject of tonight’s Character Feature is…..Masters. Colonel Masters to be precise, the commander of a Hunter Squadron, in the service of Cromwell and the Ironsides. I think I’ve mentioned before about the Hunters. They are the Special Force tasked with tracking Patrick. Masters is a highly experienced and capable officer, who once served in the Army (I bet you can guess which regiment – yep, the picture gives it away!)
Since the collapse, Britain’s armed forces fragmented. Some followed and served various warlords, some became outlaws, and others eventually became absorbed into what was to become known as the Ironsides, the ultra-nationalist, neo-puritan movement dedicated to a new Parliamentarian cause. Masters was one of them. A high-ranking veteran of various British military campaigns in the recent past, Masters was given a completely new command when joining the Ironsides and serving Cromwell. An expert in counter-insurgency, his primary role with the Hunters is to lead operations against the various insurgent movements which oppose the Ironsides. This he is able to do to a high standard of professionalism, the latter being something he rigidly practices.
He appears fairly early on in the book, after having been issued with a warning order to locate and capture the renegade, Patrick Kynaston. He tasks a unit to facilitate this task, bringing him into contact with Ellis and his moronic crony, Mooney. A man of athletic build, short blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, he is proud of his background. He is also loyal to his new master, and is, in himself, a dangerous man to cross. Let’s put it this way as well – he and Llew have some history! (All to be revealed in due course – of course!)
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