The Errant Flock (The Flock Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication Date : July 15, 2015
- File Size : 1698 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : JCP Publishing; 1st Edition (July 15, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B011SJ260S
- Print Length : 408 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #307,469 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The setting...the small town of Sagrat, Spain in the 15th century when the Spanish Inquisition sparks fear into the flock who goes astray or the "converso" who are practicing their religious beliefs in secret. Heretics of the Catholic Church are tortured beyond human comprehension. An era of historical shame perpetuated by the Holy Office during the reign of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
"The Errant Flock" by gifted Author Jana Petken, which is based on these horrific events, has a credible and authentic ring to it despite its fictional genre. The wealth and scope of her well-researched background information demonstrates the author's painstaking efforts to bring the atrocities committed on many innocent believers to light in present day times. In my opinion, she manages to do exactly what she hoped to accomplish as my feathers got rankled by the mere thought of what took place in ancient times. I am incensed and outraged by these abhorrent activities as if they are still taking place today....that's how descriptive and precise the accounts are of what occurred so many years ago.
David Sanz and his family become victims of Duke Luis Perato strictly by chance. The Duke's young, insane wife is unable to give birth to a healthy baby. He needs an heir and desperately seeks to find one by involving David Sanz in his wicked scheme. After the Duke's unprecedented request upon the innocent militia officer, David Sanz's life nor that of his family, is ever going to return to normal. One extremely painful event after the other befalls the Sanz family. The horror of their infliction is beyond words. David Sanz, victim or villain? Or perhaps victorious...as yet to be determined by each individual reading this heart-wrenching novel.
Plain and simple...I could not put this book down. It captured my interest from the first page to the last and every page in-between. Historical fiction at its best!
Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte
A Woman's Voice ~ Inspirational Short Stories ~ Volume 1
Set in Spain in around the fifteenth century, the story follows David and his family and some of the dark and catastrophic events that came with the Spanish inquisition and a period of history which quite frankly I had not really known much about before. The story was transparent, sometimes horrific, but so was this time period, and the author paints a picture that truly pulls you in and you feel the characters, their triumphs, pain and grief.
A great read all round and certainly making me want to read the next volume of this series!
To further complicate matters, the Sanz' are Jewish by heritage and Christian by conversion, living in a time when persecution of Jews is rampant. Into this dangerous mix, comes the Inquisitor, Gaspar De Amo, who is also Perato's father-in-law, and who seeks to stamp out what he sees as blatant heresy in the town of Sagrat.
The novel is fast-paced, a real page-turner, and Petken keeps the reader fully invested in the fates of Sanz and his family. Well-researched, the story also lays bare a time in history that, curiously, is extremely relevant today.
Petken, author of other such notable historical novels as "Guardian of The Secrets" and "Swearing Allegiance," has outdone herself with "The Errant Flock." This is an extremely entertaining and enlightening novel and comes, from this reader, most highly recommended.
In addition, I understand Petken has penned a sequel to "The Errant Flock" which, hopefully, will be released soon, and which I look forward to with great anticipation!
Top reviews from other countries
For me the book explores the philosophy of doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, but how far can you take that doctrine? A friend of mine is currently producing the pilot for a gangster TV series concerning a New York Italian family of brothers who don’t always do things right, but they always do the right thing. And we can all debate long into the night about that ideology.
So Jana Petken takes us immediately out of our comfort zone by upping the scale of the argument. Supposing you were ordered to kill innocent people to save your own family from being butchered? Could you do it? Would you do it? And if you did, how would you live with yourself?
David Sanz, forced to carry out this heinous crime, is only one character in the story. And through the others Petken cleverly looks at the warped philosophy of the Inquisición Española. In the name of God, having convinced himself that he is doing the ‘right thing’ - doing as God would want - inquisitor Gaspar de Amo tortures ‘heretics’ mercilessly in the firm belief that he does what he does to save God’s Errant Flock.
He’s quite mad, of course, but these must have been terrifying times, for he urges the population to confess and to also denounce their relatives, friends and acquaintances, indicating that the punishment will be just as severe for those who witness a heretic act yet do not denounce that person as if they themselves had ‘sinned’
Forced, under threat of torture, to confess to heresies they haven’t committed, and then tortured anyway for crimes they’re innocent of.
This story is overflowing with evil men of power and good families who are utterly defenceless against their evil. Apart from the two already mentioned we have Luis Peráto, the duke of Sagrat, ineffectual as a leader but willing to do whatever it takes to cover up his evil deeds. Sergio Garcia, a cold-blooded and barbaric man, and treasurer to the duke. Alejandro, leader of a pack of mercenaries, willing to kill whoever he’s paid to kill. And Juan and Isa, David parents who, contrary to the philosophy discussed, above always try to do the right thing for the right reasons. And let’s not forget the beautiful and fiery Sinfa.
This is a story of tragedy, adversity and misfortune, of a soldier who’s persecuted for following orders, and of the suffering and anguish this brings to his family.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I’ll be searching out more books by Jana Petken in the very near future, that’s for certain.
One last thing. Jana Petken is such a talented writer with such an understanding of the history of Spain that were I ever to meet her I would lay down a challenge. Were she ever to decide to write about earlier times, in particular the occupation of the Iberian Peninsula by the Moors in 711 a.d. and the conflict that resulted from differences in religion and culture between the Christian kingdoms of Spain and the Muslim Berber and Arab people I would certainly be purchasing those books.
An excellent read without a doubt, great characters, a great setting and of course great writing can only lead to five stars for this very enjoyable and entertaining book
But when he brings his Inquisition to Sagrat, the home of his daughter and her husband Luis Peráto, the Duke of this province, he discovers more than a town full of heretics.
The brutal times of The Spanish Inquisition are brought back to life, in this compelling, page-turner of a read. Full of intrigue, murder and lies, The Errant Flock is a masterpiece of historical fiction. Petkin holds nothing back, with many scenes of torture and death, which makes this a vivid account of what it was like to live under the yolk of the Inquisition. There are many scenes that readers may find upsetting, as neighbour turn on neighbour, in a bid to save their own skins from the evil that the Inquisition was. This is a harrowing account of what it takes to stay alive.
The main protagonist, David Sanz is a well-coloured character, who finds himself embroiled in a web of lies. He commits the most atrocious crime in the services of the Duke. But David soon realises that it isn't just his own guilt that he has to learn to live with. The Duke, now he has used him for his own gains, wants David and everyone he loves to disappear. David has to keep his wits about him and somehow, amid the terror, save the people he loves from not only death but, also a fate worse than it.
This is one of those books that you simply cannot put down. I was desperate to find out what was going to happen next. Full of twists and surprises, this book, kept me guessing. Petken has brought 15th Century Spain back to life and in particular those early days of The Spanish Inquisition. This book will stay with me for a long time.
I Highly Recommend.
The multi-layered characters are well drawn and believable in the period setting. Without doubt this book gives food for thought. How would I protect my family in such a situation? How could anyone think it was right to torture an accused until they confessed then punish them for what they confessed. Mind you, in those times, they bound accused witches and threw them into a river. If they floated (had no soul) they were burned at the stake. If they sank and drowned they were innocent. This is not a light read but it is an excellent and memorable read. Highly recommended.
I was gripped from the stomach turning beginning to the last page and completely immersed to the point I've spent far too long today finishing the book when I should have been doing other things!
I enjoyed the leading character David who rightly had a tortured soul for much of the book and faced with his dilemma at the beginning of the book who can say we would have acted any differently. The inhumanity displayed by the rich and powerful was completely believable and we know the acts perpetrated by the Inquisition in the name of religion were truly terrible.
I loved the characters of Tur and Paco"
Not always a comfortable read but neither was it just dark as there were uplifting moments.
If you enjoy historical dramas you will love this author's books and if you also have any Spanish connection the pleasure will be doubled.