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The Custom of the Army (Novella): An Outlander Novella (Lord John Grey) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Diana Gabaldon is the beloved author of seven New York Times bestselling novels in the series that began with Outlander, including Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo in the Bone. In 1997 she received the RT Award for Innovative Historical Romance.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : May 21, 2012
- File size : 1729 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 114 pages
- Publisher : Dell (May 21, 2012)
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B007WKEM0A
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,678 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
This story had me laughing out loud at the beginning. I'm not sure if this is Ms. G's intention, but it was so humorous to me to envision these party-goer's purposely electrocuting themselves with an EEL! So I'm sittin' here reading this with a huge, stupid grin...crackin' up... Ms. "G" describes John Grey's experience with the eel so precise and exact and even though it was a serious moment, it had me in stitches. I could feel what these people were experiencing being voluntarily shocked off their feet by an eel! Hilarious....Ms. G is just that good.
Lord John Grey is a patient man who does not act impulsively. He's been a Soldier (Lieutenant Colonel) in the British Army all of his adult life. He thinks before acting and does not panic easily (if at all). Above all else, he is honorable and noble to a fault. This story lends more insight to the person of Lord John Grey and a small portion of his life experiences. This story takes place in 1759, as Lord John travels to give witness to the character of a friend in Canada who is facing court martial for failing to suppress a mutiny.
I love John Grey's character and I must confess, this emotion surprises me as I didn't like him much at first (his introduction in the "Outlander" Series...but he's weaseled his way forever into my heart). He's a good man...always consistent, always follows the rules..(.well, almost always..heheh..), while keeping his homosexuality lifestyle hidden and protected. He sacrifices so much of himself for his family and close friends.
Always in Lord Johns life does he face seemingly insurmountable challenges and usually those challenges include life (and career) threatening dangers. He's always forced to analyze, consider and weigh those dangers against traveling a road less dangerous (but usually is forced into the most dangerous path), in order to achieve his mission...whatever it may be.. This story takes the reader into another thread of John Grey's life...the Battle of Quebec and more.
Because there's very little dialogue in this story and a LOT of descriptive detailed foundation, it has the potential of becoming tedious to the reader who has never read D.G before. But press on and you won't be disappointed. I never expected John Grey's character to become so interestingly fascinating to me. He's taken me by surprise.