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Decent action adventure but just gets bogged down.
on January 7, 2013
I liked the settings & feel that the author paid due respect to historical accuracy, explaining departures from facts at the end. The action sequences were also well presented, characterizations well developed with a goodly share of nice folk together with a heavy measure of dastardly knaves; perhaps the hero was a little too powerful and invincible for my liking. He also should really be way more careful in his duty looking after the heroine; he constantly abandons her to get captured and abused.
The descriptions of events, and details regarding the actual period were realistically laid out. I was less convinced with the narrative and personal relationships which I feel suffered from a number of modernisms and anachronisms, not the least the ridiculous servant/master familiarity (unthinkable in those days) and the hero referring to his servant as "bucko."
I also felt that the historical military action played very much second fiddle to the breathless, heart-throbbing, dare I say it Mills & Boon, romantic interludes. The underlying mystery of the hero's guilt-trip from the events at St. Dunstan's, that linked him with the other principal characters, I found unconvincing and hard to follow. The ultimate unveiling scene I found over-melodramatic and laboured. Maybe it's because I'm a bloke.
The author can write, no doubt about that, but perhaps I inadvertently picked a book out of genre for me. If you like historical romance give this a whirl.