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Product Details

  • Series: Lord John
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385337515
  • ASIN: B00EBF647I
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (441 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gabaldon left Outlander fans breathless and gasping for both air and answers at the end of An Echo in the Bone, and the next installment in the megapopular time-travel series isn’t due to be published until 2013. Still, she tosses her loyal followers a meaty bone—pardon the pun—by featuring Outlander hero Jamie Fraser heavily in her latest Lord John Grey crime novel. In fact, though Jamie often pops up in these spin-off novels as a minor character, this time around he shares center stage with Grey. After being paroled from Ardsmuir Prison, Jamie’s anonymous and relatively quiet routine at the estate that houses his illegitimate young son is abruptly disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Irishman and fellow Jacobite Tobias Quinn, who is hoping to unearth the legendary Druid’s Cup, thereby inciting rebellion against England. When Lord John Grey reluctantly seeks Jamie’s assistance to clear the name of a friend and fellow officer and to bring the true criminal to justice, a classic case of strange bedfellows ensues. The strong chemistry between these two stalwart, yet supremely dissimilar, protagonists crackles as they travel to Ireland and face a daunting series of moral and physical obstacles and quandaries. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This could be the worthy Lord John Grey’s breakout novel, as readers are treated to large dollops of Outlander heartthrob and hero Jamie Fraser. Two supermen for the price of one—Gabaldon fans everywhere will be standing in line. --Margaret Flanagan

Review

Capturing the lonely, tormented and courageous career of a man who fights for his crown, his honour and his own secrets, Gabaldon delivers breathtaking human drama, proving once again that she can bring history to life in a way few novelists ever have. SHEFFIELD STAR --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels-Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize)-and one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, as well as the bestselling series featuring Lord John Grey, a character she introduced in Voyager. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Customer Reviews

Lord John is a character in the Outlander series written by Diana Gabaldon.
Patricia Pickett Brogren
The Scottish Prisoner gives a deeper look into the personalities of both Jamie Fraser and Lord John Grey.
W. Hatcher
I've read the Outlander Series and look forward to the next book when it comes out.
K. McCord

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233 of 241 people found the following review helpful By Karen on December 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Diana Gabaldon's THE SCOTTISH PRISONER is at least as much Jamie Fraser's story as Lord John Grey's. It takes place in 1760, during the time when Jamie was at Helwater, and it fills in many of the details of a time in Jamie's life that readers of the OUTLANDER series know very little about.

THE SCOTTISH PRISONER is very much a character-focused, character-driven book, but there's plenty of action, and the story seems very well-paced. The structure of the book, with the alternating points of view between Jamie and Lord John, reminds me in some ways of Diana Gabaldon's novel Voyager (Outlander) (and I think it's effective for the same reason). Just as in the parts of VOYAGER that deal with the search for Jamie, and Claire's decision to go back, we as readers have some idea what's coming, we're rooting for it to happen, and when it finally does, it's enormously satisfying.

As a reader, I want to see John and Jamie reconcile and resume their friendship, and although that's not the whole focus of the plot, it makes me hypersensitive to the smallest gesture that indicates progress is being made there. ("They're smiling at each other!" "He said, 'Call me John'! FINALLY!" etc.) There is a sense of the pieces of their relationship falling into their rightful place, particularly in the last part of the book, and that's very satisfying to me as a reader.

John and Jamie's adventure in Ireland was highly entertaining, and kept my attention throughout. I see now why it was necessary to take both of them out of their normal environment before they could begin to re-establish any sort of relationship.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Terri Baker on December 12, 2011
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Absolutely fantastic. I absolutely love Jamie Fraser and absolutely love John Grey, so to get an entire novel with the two of them was an absolute treat. If you're not an already established Gabaldon fan, don't bother reading my review - but do immediately seek out her novels!

I won't go into the details of the plot, I'm sure others will, but I will say that this book does show how Jamie and John's relationship evolved into a real friendship, given the differences in their current stations, past differences, and vastly different political positions. The plot also gives us a greater understanding of Jamie's life at Hellwater and his relationship with those there. We also get to see how John's involvement with the guardianship of Willie began. The bulk of the plot revolves around Irish Jacobites, which was interesting, especially as we watch Jamie struggle with his conscience and loyalties regarding whether or not to support them knowing the historic outcome of their efforts. By far, this is the best Lord John Book to date!

I have read other critiques of this book on Amazon, where readers complained that this wasn't a "Jamie and Claire" novel. Well, yes, in fact, this isn't a Jamie and Claire book, it takes place during Jamie's time at Hellwater (Voyager). However, anytime you spend with Jamie, and have the chance to hear his internal thoughts and ponderings, is time you spend with Jamie and Claire, since his thoughts are rarely far from her. I was touched how often he reached for her in his thoughts, and in his sleep - especially when he knew he would never see her or 'the child' again. Very touching.

And John! He is such a marvelous character, one of the most valiant, honorable men in all of fictional history, but also complex and vulnerable.
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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Gabaldon, author of the immensely popular Outlander series, features the moody and passionate Jamie Fraser in this adventure set during his parole as a prisoner of war after the failed Jacobite Cause. It is 1760 in England, the once committed Jacobite bowing to the terms of his misfortune and at the mercy of fate, banishment from country, the forfeit of wife, the love of a son he cannot claim. Enter Fraser's appointed parole officer, Lord John Grey, who requires Fraser's assistance in obtaining proof of the traitorous actions of a British officer. A poem written in the language of the Scottish Highlanders in hand, Grey and Fraser embark on their secret mission to Ireland, seeking more information about what may be hidden in the text, as well as proof of the British officer's transgressions. Unexpectedly accompanied on the journey by the wily Tobias Quinn, Jaime's former comrade-in-arms in the Cause, Fraser is hard put to honor his word to Grey while keeping his prior association with Quinn a secret, the aging soldier inspired by yet another plan to further what Fraser believes a futile cause.

Caught between past and present, Jamie is forced into daily contact with Grey, aristocrat, soldier and sometimes spy, facing treachery along the road, the incessant persuasion of the old Jacobite warhorse and the chronic aggravation of sorting through his feelings about Lord John, the two men are forced to work in tandem, brothers in arms, for survival and the success of their mission. (Through the tensions between Grey and Fraser, Gabaldon illustrates the complicated nature of their relationship, past resentments poisoning the present, threatening a new-found respect.
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