- File Size: 1977 KB
- Print Length: 451 pages
- Publisher: Good Press (December 23, 2019)
- Publication Date: December 23, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B083DWQQZ5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Sevenoaks: A Story of Today Kindle Edition
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Paul, a brilliant engineer and inventor, works for the ruthless Mr. Belcher. Belcher seems to own the town and everyone in it because he owns the town's primary industry, the sawmill. Paul offers Belcher some ideas he means to patent. The process he plans to patent is stolen by Belcher who makes untold sums of money. The reader is never told how much, but it is enough for Belcher to move to New York City and buy one of the poshest mansions there. In the meantime, Belcher causes Paul enough stress that he has a mental breakdown and is held against his will in the poorhouse. Apparently this poorhouse is not much different from an Elizabethan dungeon. Paul's child is held as a servant to Belcher's family. There they stay until an headstrong woodsman and a friend from Paul's youth, hears of Paul's imprisonment and decides to move heaven and earth, (well really it's a massive old oaken door), to rescue Paul.
Belcher continues to make fortunes with Paul's patents and partakes in some dark machinations to keep it a secret. People from Paul's past become aware of Paul's plight. Sevenoaks, the town in which Belcher made his initial fortune, become aware of Belcher's larceny when they themselves fall for one of his frauds.
Any reader could take this tale and project it into the marketplace of today and see there are Belcher characters at every turn. But unlike today, Belcher gets what is coming to him.
The book is full of interesting characters, many of them well-developed and quirky. The prose is well-written in the style of the day. It is not a difficult read, nor a long one. But it is a very well-told and satisfying tale. The only thing lacking is a bit of motivation for the woodsman.This book is a little gem and I gave it 4 stars. I encourage you to read it.