(The Seeker (Damian Seeker 1)) PDF READ é S.G. MacLean
Thoroughly njoyed this crime drama set in the period of the Commonwealth following the triumph of the Parliamentary faction in the English Civil War It captures well the paranoia that must have been Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose endemicspecially in the big cities like Bath and the capital London with anyone who voiced the slightest criticism of the regime hauled off to a nasty fateThe main plotline follows the attempt of Damian Seeker high up in the Commonwealth s securityspy services to discover who murdered a key player in the regime Along the way he also has to foil a Royalist plot or two and deal with the dissatisfactions of those who originally backed Parliament s cause but who now are disappointed with the result only the bosses have changed instead of the whole of society being made galitarianThe interweaving of the storylines of several characters is done "very well the only thing that held this "well The only thing that held this from being a 5 star read is that we don t fully get into the head of Seeker a man who has a troubled past but who sometimes comes over as a rather colourless superhero given his ability to best a professional soldier in a duel with little ffort for xample But a very interesting period of history to use for a crime fiction setting and I will definitely follow up the seuels My notes say I m not sure if I m njoying this and then I read intently to the Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) end of the book before concluding that actually no I wasn t which kind of sums it up Set in the Cromwellian interregnum with Damian Seeker asnforcer torturer and secret policeman but also uester for justice and protector of the poor Very Jack Reacher physically huge and violent but with a moral streak and also set up in the Reacheresue male Mary Sue thriller hero way Math Basics 6 everyone is scared of him mothers frighten their children with his name can lift a horse one handed god we re all so very impressed The mystery is intriguing and the characterisation good the settingxtremely well done but ultimately the hero is a brutal torturer working for a vile regime Which the book acknowledges head on so you just have to decide if you want to spend the time in his company Good but not likeable Also the author kills off a previous series lead in this book and as a romance reader I found that incredibly disturbing Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, even though I haven t read any of those books and this is in no way a romance How we are shaped by our genres I don t write many reviews but I wanted to write one for this book because I thought it was great and doesn t have a lot of them on Goodreads Maybe because it s only published by a UK publisher and isn tven available on US version anyway I loved this book and didn t want to put it down which doesn t happen that often for me and not usually with historical mysteries The First Ghost either The historical detail is fantastic but it s never dry just interspersed with the narrative and you really get an idea of what it would have been like to live in Britain under Cromwell I didn t know anything about this period of history before so it was fascinating to meThe book is very well written and the plotting is superb The mystery definitely kept my attention with so many layers of connections and secrets I didn t figure it out until the author revealed things at thend It s unusual for me to be so invested in the secondary characters arly on as well but I was drawn in and wanted to know their secrets and what was going to happen with themHighly recommended for anyone who njoys historical fiction or a good mystery a great combination of the two Actual rating 500 Wonderful historical mystery set in the 17th century during the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell On reflection I ve increased the rating to 5 stars as the book still has me thinking about it after I had finished reading Damien Seeker is on the hunt for who murdered John Winter and as the twists and turns of the story unfold the truth comes to the surface Often with surprising results I found the story Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential engrossing andnjoyed that the book never felt to me like it was written with a 21st century vein Characters had 17th century attitudes to vents that occurred throughout the book Torture of prisoners wasn t frowned upon by our hero Political intrigue abounds and all in all a very satisfying readRecommended for historical and historical mystery readers First of all thank you Paromjit for your recent review 4th in series that led me to these books Secondly I rarely read historical fiction as having studied history and taught it for some years it annoys me if the research is flawed and the interpretation fanciful That is most definitely not the case here I LOVED it The style of writing was so appropriate to the 17th century and fact and fiction were woven together seamlessly I liked how Puritan England of Cromwell s protectorate was portrayed and it showed clearly how men of property in Parliament blocked any changes that might have led to the people being politically free which was what many fought for Self. London 1657 the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell No one knows where Damian Seeker originated from who his family is or ven his real name Mothers frighten their children by telling them tales of The Seeker All that is known of him for. The 1650s It is set in Oliver Cromwell s reign where Coffee Houses are one of the major places where news is acuired and political discussions take place MacLean is a gifted storyteller who has the ability to construct a portal through which we can nter Cromwell s London and the royalist hotbed that is Oxford The historical period is meticulously researched and the descriptions vibrantly bring alive the sights sounds and smells of London The river is the source of all wealth and the city is the centre
of trade in sugar tobacco and the unsavoury slave trade Defeated royalists trade in sugar tobacco and the unsavoury slave trade Defeated royalists irish street "CHILDREN AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN OFFLOADED AS SLAVES FOR "and others have been offloaded as slaves for plantations There are those who illegally grab people and children and sell them as slavesJohn Milton has made a complete volte face from being a person who sought freedom of xpression to now being a censor for the regime The Generals who once preached freedom and overturning the old order are now men of property acuired as the spoils of war change no longer suits them Cromwell has all the trappings and status of a King Those who continue to advocate freedom and change like Elias are now viewed as Smokin' Hot enemies of the state The paranoia of the regimextends to seeing royalist plots and sedition Placing Memory everywhere This is countered with spies and intelligence networks lurkingverywhere The head of security is the Lasombra enigmatic Damien Seeker a loyal austere and talented truth seeker with a fearsome reputation Crowds part and people scuttle away upon sighting him Very littlescapes his notice and his information networks stretch across the city and the country Vociferous leveller and lawyer Elias is discovered at the scene of the murder of the highly steemed soldier John Winter Elias is taken to the Tower of London to await trial prior to being hanged Seeker ascertains that Elias could not be the killer thanks to Anne Winter s testimony but her word carries little weight with the regime it is widely known that she did not love her husband and she consumes opium to bear the strain that her marriage has imposed on her Ordered to desist from investigating Seeker is determined to secure the truth despite the impossible odds of preventing the death of Elias The trail takes in royalist plots troubled preachers slavery markets trade merchants assassination attempts on Cromwell and the machinations of Anne Winter Seeker discovers who killed John Winter which is the last person you would xpectThis is a superbly plotted and well written story that I could not let go of until I finished The narrative is full of suspense and tension The writing is assured with a cast of characters that you come to care about Seeker is a man that you want to know about with much to him than you might Wanton Nights expect Brilliant and stunning read which I highly recommend Thanks to uercus for an ARC via netgalley Thank you to Netgalley and uercus books for my free copy inxchange for a fair and honest reviewIf you fancy immersing yourself in 1650 s England then this historical crime fiction can certainly do that It s a living breathing portrait of life during that troubled period in historySet during the reign of Cromwell it brings to the fore the man responsible for Cromwell s safety Damian Seeker known simply as The Seeker He might live very much in the shadows but nothing While My Soldier Serves escapes his attentionCoffee houses featured most prominently at this time They were places toxchange and debate all the latest news a place where trades and deals took place but also somewhere that those with royalist sympathies would pass on coded messages in an attempt to further their cause and bring Charles Stuart to the throne But walls have ars in the guise of informants and one has to be xtremely careful who to trust for fear of inviting the wrath of The Seeker upon themThe story centres around the murder of John Winter one of Cromwell s most trusted soldiers and it is Seeker s job to discover the identity of the murderer lest he should target Cromwell himself next time Whoever committed this crime did it in the heart of Whitehall where John Winter and his wife had their private apartments Lawyer Elias Ellingworth was discovered standing over John Winter s body but Seeker doesn t believe that he carried out the murder It makes for a really gripping read the way Seeker sets about uestioning and ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe eliminating suspectsI have to say that this wasxtremely well written with some serious research and was SO atmospheric The characters were brilliant none so than The Seeker Here we have a very interesting character a man who put the fear of God into The Fiend Next Door everyone he came into contact with but yet there was clearly another side to him a human side that we were allowed just a glimpse of The storyline gets right to the heart of things and brings this brutal time in history right into your front room Though slightly slow at times it nevertheless managed tongage me right the way through and I can definitely recommend R Elias Ellingworth found holding a knife over the bleeding body of the dying man held in the Tower Despite the damning vidence Seeker is not convinced of Ellingworth's guilt He will stop at nothing to bring the right man to justice.