- Series: Fortune's Whelp (Book 1)
- Paperback: 462 pages
- Publisher: James Boschert Publishing LLC; Book One of the Fortune's Whel ed. edition (December 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942756607
- ISBN-13: 978-1942756606
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,718,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although this is a fictional adventure, it includes many historical details and plausible speculation regarding the Jacobite attempt at the assassination of King William in 1696. The story reflects the spirit of The Three Musketeers, Horatio Hornblower, and a bit of Don Juan. Following the characters through the details of daily life in the seventeenth century provides an interesting backdrop for the twists and turns of adventure and political intrigue. The sex scenes are strong allusions, within the norm of today's main stream fiction. We look forward to reading more of Captain MacNaughten's adventures.
Smell the salt and the black powder, my hearts!
The characterizations in this novel are fascinating, both the fictional ones and the historical ones. I look forward to seeing them again in a sequel.
Nevertheless, new readers might benefit from first studying the comprehensive historical notes, a chapter on the technicalities of sword fighting, plus a glossary of terms in regular use at the time but mostly unfamiliar today. These cover twenty-five pages at the back of the book and provide a fascinating 'trailer' before the story opens.. One is then better equipped to be at MacNaughton's side as the gripping tale unfolds. Each chapter opens with a well-researched quote. One, a seventeenth century Spanish proverb, "Women, wind, and Fortune, are given to change", might be an apt summary of this compelling book.