[E–pub New] The Seeker (Damian Seeker 1) author S.G. MacLean
But today his long black cloak lowing behind him as he spurred his horse towards the city there could be no doubt his horse towards the city there could be no doubt there was business of great import somewhere and those ew who saw Seeker pass gave silent thanks that whatever it was was no concern #of theirsI loved this book The second I inished it I was tempted to start right back at #theirsI loved this book The second I Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design finished it I was tempted to start right back at beginning again but instead I settledor going online and pre ordering the second book The Magic Cake Shop from The Book Depository Set in November 1654 it is an excellently written book that evokes the tensions of the time when Oliver Cromwell was the Lord Protectorate and Royalists remained devoted in their efforts to see the exiled Stuarts restored to the halls of Kings Damian Seeker is the Captain of Cromwell s guard and works tirelessly towards uncovering the vast network of intelligencers that conspire to bring Cromwell down When aavored officer in Cromwell s New Model Army is ound dead at his doorstep and a young lawyer on the government s watch list is holding the bloody knife over the body Seeker inds himself on the trail of something much biggerThe story is told in third person and the irst chapter introduces most of the main characters In just a ew paragraphs the author manages to set up each character as an intriguing presence in hisher own right ensuring that the reader will be curious to learn What Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability follows is a deeply atmospheric tale involving conspiracies assassinsriendships political intrigue and connections where they are least expected I m not sure that the mystery of the initial murder was set up in a manner that allows or the reader to igure out the identity of the murderer on their own but I was so drawn into the lives of these different people and into seeing how and where the various points converged that it hardly mattered to me It was a gripping read American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series for me and Seeker makesor a The Mother Zone fascinating character existing underneath layers of old pains wrapped tightly in an almost obsessive needor order and truth I can t wait to read Reread in March 2017 Loved it just as much Also it was nice to catch some of the little mentions and hints that I missed the irst time around Now on to book two Wonderful historical mystery set in the 17th century during the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell On reflection I ve increased the rating to 5 stars as the book still has me thinking about it after I had inished reading Damien Seeker is on the hunt The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish for who murdered John Winter and as the twists and turns of the story unfold the truth comes to the surface Often with surprising results Iound the story engrossing and enjoyed that the book never elt to me like it was written with a 21st century vein Characters had 17th century attitudes to events that occurred throughout the book Torture of prisoners wasn t rowned upon by our hero Political intrigue abounds and all In All A Very all a very readRecommended The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War for historical and historical mystery readers My notes say I m not sure if I m enjoying this and then I read intently to the end of the book before concluding that actually no I wasn t which kind of sums it up Set in the Cromwellian interregnum with Damian Seeker as enforcer torturer and secret policeman but also uesteror justice and protector of the poor Very Jack Reacher physically huge and violent but with a moral streak and also set up in the Reacheresue male Mary Sue thriller hero way everyone is scared of him mothers Sicilian Lives frighten their children with his name can lift a horse one handed god we re all so very impressed The mystery is intriguing and the characterisation good the setting extremely well done but ultimately the hero is a brutal torturer workingor a vile regime Which the book acknowledges head on so you just have to decide if you want to spend the time in his company Good but not likeable Also the author kills off a previous series lead in this book and as a romance reader I Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art found that incredibly disturbing even though I haven t read any of those books and this is in no way a romance How we are shaped by our genres This is an atmospheric historical thriller that brilliantly captures the repercussions of the English Civil War in the 1650s It is set in Oliver Cromwell s reign where Coffee Houses are one of the major places where news is acuired and political discussions take place MacLean is. London 1657 the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell No one knows where Damian Seeker originatedrom who his Alice Oliver family is or even his real name Mothersrighten their children by telling them tales of The Seeker All that is known of him or. .
L crime iction can certainly do that It s a living breathing portrait of life during that troubled period in historySet during the reign of Cromwell it BRINGS TO THE FORE THE MAN to the ore the man or Cromwell s safety Damian Seeker known simply "As The Seeker He Might Live Very "The Seeker He might live very in the shadows but nothing escapes his attentionCoffee houses The Radiant Child featured most prominently at this time They were places to exchange and debate all the latest news a place where trades and deals took place but also somewhere that those with royalist sympathies would pass on coded messages in an attempt tourther their cause and bring Charles Stuart to the throne But walls have ears in the guise of informants and one has to be extremely careful who to trust or ear of inviting the wrath of The Seeker upon themThe story centres around the murder of John Winter one of Cromwell s most trusted soldiers and it is Seeker s job to discover the identity of the murderer lest he should target Cromwell himself next time Whoever committed this crime did it in the heart of Whitehall where John Winter and his wife had their private apartments Lawyer Elias Ellingworth was discovered standing over John Winter s body but Seeker doesn t believe that he carried out the murder It makes The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data for a really gripping read the way Seeker sets about uestioning and eliminating suspectsI have to say that this was extremely well written with some serious research and was SO atmospheric The characters were brilliant none so than The Seeker Here we have a very interesting character a man who put theear of God into everyone he came into contact with but yet there was clearly another side to him a human side that we were allowed just a glimpse of The storyline gets right to the heart of things and brings this brutal time in history right into your ront room Though slightly slow at times it nevertheless managed to engage me right the way through and I can definitely recommend it I tried this book a couple of times and couldn t get into it This was my inal attempt and this time I went straight through Gradually I am Tempting Eden filling the gaps in my knowledge of British history The civil war Oliver Cromwell Roundheads and Cavaliers the Protectorate and the New Model Army were pretty much hazy conceptsor me The only book I remember reading of this specific period is As meat loves salt and that was uite some time agoWe come to know Damian Seeker an enigmatic truth seeker devoted to Cromwell The mystery to solve is complex and stimulating the everyday life of Londoners in particular at the time vividly described and the city comes to life As a Londoner myself I adore well researched and written historical iction set in London I could almost see the echos of the characters and players on the hidden backstreets of London and the City I have been on many guided walks of the city and much of its history the City and much of its history preserved very wellI am so looking orward to reading of this series and inspired to ind novels set in this time Any recommendations gratefully received Actual rating 500 Thoroughly enjoyed this crime drama set in the period of the Commonwealth ollowing the triumph of the Parliamentary Three Times the Love faction in the English Civil War It captures well the paranoia that must have been endemic especially in the big cities like Bath and the capital London with anyone who voiced the slightest criticism of the regime hauled off to a nastyateThe main plotline ollows the attempt of Damian Seeker high up in the Commonwealth s securityspy services to discover who murdered a key player in the regime Along the way he also has to oil a Royalist plot or two and deal with the dissatisfactions of those who originally backed Parliament s cause but who now are disappointed with the result only the bosses have changed instead of the whole of society being made egalitarianThe interweaving of the storylines of several characters is done very well The only thing that held this back The Bride of Willow Creek from being a 5 star read is that we don tully get into the head of Seeker a man who has a troubled past but who sometimes comes over as a rather colourless superhero given his ability to best a professional soldier in a duel with little effort GREAT INVESTMENT, THE for example But a very interesting period of history to useor a crime iction setting and I will definitely ollow up the seuels. R Elias Ellingworth ound holding a knife over the bleeding body of the dying man held in the Tower Despite the damning evidence Seeker is not convinced of Ellingworth's guilt He will stop at nothing to bring the right man to justice.