Pearl Harbour Radio Operator: "Is there anything that we can provide?" - Marine Commander on Wake Island: "Send us more Japs!" - one of the last radio transmissions received on Wake Island before it fell to the Japanese, 1941.

The Franks

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Prologue

Charlemerde, the old king, was ill. He'd been lying in his bed for days close to death, the attention of the doting physicians making little difference. Death would come soon, thought his son, patiently waiting at his side in the way expected of the royal heir.

Charlemal reflected on his father's life. So many years of pampered luxury, avoiding politics and war. Worse, the old King hoped to die contented that his son would stay safe; that he would follow his father's example and do likewise, as he had always been encouraged. But Prince Charlemal was not his father. Though he dare not show it, the Prince saw the old man as an effete, pathetic figure. His life had achieved nothing more than to perpetuate the tradition since the time of Charlemagne of Frankish Kings who failed to live up to the achievements of their predecessors. That could not be allowed to continue. Already, acting behind his father's back, he had plundered the royal coffers to finance a small force of likeminded men and their followers. Soon, he thought, the old man will die, and then, trusting God to guide him, the son will rise and bring glory once again to the Franks.

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