Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Naked Battle

The Naked Battle is #73 in the Bantam series and was published in October 1977. It is the story of Lucilla, who leaves England for Ecuador with her father and sister and finds Quito in turmoil after a coup and ends up helping a wounded Spanish officer, Don Carlos, in his quest for freedom!

Francis Marshall paints an intriguing cover with our couple in a town square during a celebration. Note how the heroine's riding dress mimics the hero's jacket! It's interesting that the crowd is consumed with meeting the man on horseback, which leaves our couple alone for a minute! It is another exciting and beautiful cover!

Barbara Cartland set a few books in central America. She didn't like writing about places she had never visited, so she traveled much during the 1970's and 1980's while she was in her 70's and 80's! Remarkable for anyone of that age!


  1. Are you suggesting that Ecuador is in Central América? Ecuador is in South América, bordering with Colombia and Peru.