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Checkmate | [Dorothy Dunnett]

Checkmate

1557 and Francis Crawford of Lymond is back in France, leading an army against England. But even as the Scots adventurer succeeds on the battlefield, his past becomes a subject of intense interest to both sides. For whoever knows the secret of Lymond's parentage possesses the power to control him - and destroy him.
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1557 and Francis Crawford of Lymond is back in France, leading an army against England. But even as the Scots adventurer succeeds on the battlefield, his past becomes a subject of intense interest to both sides. For whoever knows the secret of Lymond's parentage possesses the power to control him - and destroy him.

©1975 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2002 W F Howes

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    Grace Lexington, SC, United States 12-11-13
    Grace Lexington, SC, United States 12-11-13
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    "Lymond's back but where's THE GAME OF KINGS Book 1"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Checkmate to be better than the print version?

    If I had never read in print, I don't think I could have appreciated the audio as the work of audio art that it is.

    However, Having anxiously waited for what seems to be forever, finally The Lymond Chronicles!

    Audible, please make the The Game of Kings (Book 1) available as quickly as possible! These books should be savored in the order they were written and as I have read them in the "old-fashioned" way atleast once a year since they were originally released in print.

    It is so wonderful to have the books currently available read by such an accomplished narrator. Beautiful inflexion; realistic and measured pace just as I would have imagined Ms. Dunnett to have meant.

    So very pleased!! I will keep these books in "My Library" for always!

    Now that the Lymond Chronicles have reached their end though missing the very first book in the series; I will be moving on to the House of Niccolo series by Dorothy Dunnett that is the pre-quel series to the Lymond books. Dorothy Dunnett was perhaps the best writer of historical fiction ever.


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 07-20-14
    Kathleen 07-20-14
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    "Well done."
    If you could sum up Checkmate in three words, what would they be?

    Fine complex series.


    If you could take any character from Checkmate out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ahem.


    Any additional comments?

    I hardly think I would take any of the characters from Dorothy Dunnett out to dinner, as requested by the prompter questions from Audible. What I do have to say is that the Niccolo and the Lymond series are very fine historical fiction. They're complicated, long, and marvelously detailed, yet holding the thread of the complex storylines to the very last page. If you enjoy the Gabaldon "Outlander" series, perhaps these are next for you, but be aware they're not so simple nor so racy. (Also, Dame Dunnett has a clue about geography quite lacking in Outlander.) If you like a challenging read/listen, try these two series. For this book, Andrew Napier managed quite well to bring emphasis and variation to the words. He does not attempt a solo theatrical performance but a competent, workmanlike and clear reading.

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