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Action and adventure in revolutionary France

  • Apr 26, 2010
When I first began this book I wasn't sure if I was going to like it because the first several pages contained a lot of nautical terms and I'm not very conversive with them. The story picks up very quickly, however, and turns into a great read!

The hero, a young English sea oficer, gets involved in smuggling items into France during the Terror, and everything in the plot stems from that action. There are many historical characters scattered throughout the book, such as Danton and Robespierre, and the background of the Terror appears quite authentic.

There are many dire situation in which our hero finds himself, and a love story of sorts intermingled. The action gets very fast and furious, and the reader is in a constant state of interest to find out what is going to happen next.

The story ends on a somewhat ambiguous note concerning the love story, but I understand that this is the first book of a trilogy, so I hope that the future volumes provide an answer to this question.

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British writer Hunter's rousing American debut, the first of a trilogy, features Royal Navy officer Nathan Peake, a 23-year-old mariner whose misadventures had convinced him early on that he was born to hang. In 1793, Nathan is plucked from the deck of his warship and sent to Paris on a secret mission, disguised as an American sea captain smuggling tobacco into France. He is unwittingly involved in a British plot to ruin the French economy by flooding France with counterfeit banknotes and to provide gold to bribe French revolutionaries. Unfortunately, the viciousness of the Paris mob, the duplicity of revolutionaries like Robespierre, and the specter of the guillotine threaten Nathan, his conspirators, and the condemned widow he loves. Our hero survives sea battles, assassin attacks, and torture, but his schemes often tragically fail. Hunter (a pseudonym) presents a complex plot, written with wit, suspense, intrigue, and action. Along with a flawed but likable character, he reveals the bloody history of the French Revolution, and establishes solid ground for the upcoming sequels, already published in the U.K.(Apr.)
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ISBN-10: 1590134850
ISBN-13: 978-1590134856
Author: Seth Hunter
Publisher: McBooks Press

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