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5.0 out of 5 starsBe taken on a fabulous adventure!
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2020
This books takes you on a fabulous historical escapade across the high seas on a journey of betrayal, murder, mystery and intrigue. What's not to love! So pour yourself a G&T and settle into a comfy chair and lose yourself in a great adventure!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2020
Captain Hall is an irrestible, lush character. He is written with depth and pathos and just the right amount of sexual tension and attractiveness. The love interest, a young lieutenant is beautifully poignant. Based on the true account of voyages taken by Capt Hall aboard HMS Conway in the 1820's, Cunningham weaves a spectacular high-seas tail of mutiny and adventure around the coasts of South America and the search for hidden treasure. But it is the story of Hall's own (fictional) homosexual love and the chance to change something in the past, that makes The Divine Sage such a satisfying read.
5.0 out of 5 starsEngrossing, plot-driven and intriguing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 10, 2020
When I first got going with this novel, I thought the setting was a little out of my norm. Where I'm used to reading stories set during the 1960s onwards, A Divine Sage easily fits into the historical fiction category. Within a blink of an eye, I found myself about 30% of the way through the book, easily encouraged through by believable characters and what must have been an incredible amount of research. I felt like there was tension mounting towards something for a while. I was right. When it came to burst that tension, it was so cleverly done and made the characters so much more nuanced from that point in the story. A thoroughly enjoyable and easy read, that maintains an intellectual integrity.
5.0 out of 5 starsA brilliant, gripping and exciting tale!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 1, 2020
Set in 1844, this book follows a the captain of a trading ship, as he hunts into Aztec mythology and for a hidden treasure, in central and southern America. A brilliant read with a few excellent twists that I don't want to give away.
This is a fabulous book! It has true historical background but is entirely fictional. I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down. This is the first book by this author and I hope it will not be the last!