- File Size: 3584 KB
- Print Length: 88 pages
- Publisher: Dell (May 21, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 21, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007WKEM0A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Custom of the Army (Novella): An Outlander Novella (Lord John Grey) Kindle Edition
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Lord John Grey is at a gathering in England where there is an attraction of an electric eel from the Amazon in South America. 45 people with Lord John at the front are surrounding the tank holding this eel. Everyone has to hold hands while he grabs the eel so all will feel the effects together. He gets shocked and winds up lying on floor, gasping for breath and has to resuscitated with some heart palpitations. He eventually got up off the floor but felt strange for the rest of the night. For some reason, he got into a fight with another which ended in a dual. As neither person was in total corol of their senses, they both walked away after firing their pistols.
The next morning, Lord John is woken early by a visit by his brother,the current Duke of Padioe. He has a bunch of correspondence for John that can't wait, especially since the man with whom he had the dual with had dinner died and he is has been demanded to marry the girl the dual was about.
Hal, his brother gives Lord John , a way out by giving him the letter, from an old friend, requesting him as witness for a court martial but he has to go to Quebec, Canada.
A month later, Lord John is in Canada, in a little village west of Quebec, awaiting the court martial.
John is requested by General Wolfe to come along on a quest because of his knowledge of Highlands from the time of the Scottish rebellion. Little does he know how big this battle would be. This battle of the taking of Quebec by the British from the French is historically correct but this tale adds some relish to the details..
Plus we have a little side story about Lord John and an Indian going fishing which was just lightly slipped into the story while John was figuring out how to handle his cousin's second family here.
As usual, Lord John gets himself in and out of this mess with little cleanup needed
I won't waste time recounting the entire plot, other than to say Lord John finds it expedient to get out of town and when he's asked to stand up for his friend, he takes it. Once he's made it to Canada, however, he finds his cousin's husband has disappeared...after creating his own second family with a Native American woman. Lord John is nothing if not a beacon of integrity, and he does his best to set things right in this regard, and ends up taking part in a British raid on a French fort (which also involves Simon Fraser). If you are looking for a happy, upbeat slice of Lord John's life, this isn't it, but it is gritty and real.
There's a lot packed into the novella, and while it doesn't really illuminate more of the overall story, it's an excellent glimpse into what Lord John stands for and it strengthens the backstory of his life in general. I love how Gabaldon has given us a hero, although one with many secrets, who stays true to himself as best he can in any circumstance in which he finds himself. This novella will keep you engrossed with its wry humor and believable twists. Recommended.
For instance, I want to know the things which relate to the Outlander series. Things such as events leading up to his marriage, his marriage, raising William, living in America---all the details which don't quite fit into the Outlander series per se, since those are Claire and Jamie's stories.
Maybe I was spoiled by the ~early~ Outlander Novellas which seemed to 'fill in the blanks', so to speak, on characters related to the Outlander series--the secrets about Roger's parents, Comte St. Germaine, Geillis Duncan, Ian and Jenny's son, Loaghaire's daughter, Joan. The early novellas left me wanting to know more about these characters. This series...not so much. I just wanted them to end.
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