- File Size: 1223 KB
- Print Length: 314 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tenderfoot (March 16, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XCYYXM7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Calumny is given the task of infiltrating Jacobite resistance to Dutch William. While the majority of the English were delighted at welcoming this staunch Protestant king in lieu of papist James II, not everyone considers William their rightful king, and quite a few of these unhappy gentlemen have the means with which to finance a rebellion. The most powerful of these men is in Jamaica, and so Calumny is sent there – as an indentured and branded servant.
What follows is an adventurous and fast-paced story, all the way from decadent Port Royal to the hot and steamy jungles that clamber up Jamaica’s mountains. Mr Alexander is an accomplished writer: vivid descriptions jostle with crisp dialogue and a flowing prose, the political complexities of the late 17th century are elegantly woven into the plot, and as the icing on the cake, we have not only Calumny, but an entire line-up of well-developed character. This book heaves and breathes with life, it immerses me in the turbulent world of 17th century Jamaica, and it is therefore with a certain element of regret I reach the last few pages. I hold out hope there will be a future Calumny Spinks novel. Until then I can but applaud Mr Alexander for this most enjoyable romp through history!
What separates a good historical novel from the chaff is the ability to credibly represent the past as the present, to portray yesterday’s people as if they were still alive. Author Piers Alexander has achieved and surpassed this level of excellence in his novel “Scatterwood.”
This story takes the reader deep into the world of indentured servitude, exposing a sordid underbelly of brutality that might crush a man with weaker resolve than Calumny Spinks. Fortunately (or unfortunately) for Spinks, the lives of the people he loves more than anything else are in jeopardy, their futures precariously balanced and directly linked to his actions. He has been given a job to do, one that promises a great reward if he can accomplish it within a short period of time.
As previously mentioned, Mr. Alexander doesn’t just talk about 1692, he drags the reader by the wrist into the past, forcing us to experience life in the late 17th century. His style of writing matches the time period, and the choice to insert period words and phrases as well as words used by his allies in the Maroon tribe only serve to enlarge the world he has created for us.
Mr. Alexander has provided more than a novel to enjoy. After the tale is completed, there are pages of facts and information to enjoy:
• Calumny’s Tongues: translations of some of the words used in the book
• Calumny’s Jamaica: a history supporting the realism of the world of Calumny Spinks (a section not to be missed!)
• Further reading: Both non-fiction and fiction populate this list
As a historical novel, this is a top shelf entry. As a story, it contains adventure, battles, intrigue, and the saga of one man striving toward near-impossible goals. This is a page-turner, and is highly recommended. Five stars.
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