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Blood's Revolution

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
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Newly returned from years of secret work in Paris, Lieutenant Holcroft Blood must now face King James II's enemies on the gore-drenched battlefields of the British Isles. But after the victory at Sedgemoor - and its cruel aftermath, the Bloody Assizes, in which the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion was ruthlessly crushed - many powerful men have grown tired of Catholic James' brutal rule and seek to invite William, the Protestant Prince of Orange, to seize the thrones. 

While revolution brews in the gentlemen's clubs of London, Holcroft discovers that a sinister French agent, known only by his codename, Narrey, intends to murder him. Worse, Holcroft must decide whether to join the conspirators - or remain loyal to his unpopular king.

©2018 Angus Donald (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Shond
  • 12-31-18

A great sequel

A second book that surprisingly is more ridiculous than the first! And they’re based on real events. Funny and grim, Holcroft Blood’s adventures continue to entertain. Looking forwards to the next one. Angus Donald’s historical notes at the end are well worth a listen too!

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  • 11thc girl
  • 07-17-19

A fine follow up

I loved Holcroft from the very first audible book! There is something about this character that has touched my heart. Blood's Game was for meone of the best books I've heard this year, Blood's Revolution was almost as good, but I had a couple of disappointments because of a couple of things, nothing to do with the book itself, which remains a great read, but because the voices for some of the characters were not the same. Holcrofts brother Tom loses his Irish accent and Jack Churchill's voice becomes this deep resonating baritone that is completely alien to the one he had in the first book. I was unsure as to whether or not the narrator was the same as the first.
That aside, I can't complain about the rest. A most enjoyable Stuart romp, humorous, great characterisation and wonderful plot. The author's knowledge and imagination was awesome, and he brings to life London in the 1680s so vivdly to life. Loved it! Bravo Mr Donald and to everyone else involved in its production!

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  • Farniboy
  • 03-01-19

Bloods Up!

I enjoyed the first book in Angus Donald's Holcroft Blood series, Blood's Game. I liked that Blood (and his father) are minor historical figuress who lived in interesting times. I enjoyed the fact that the character had Asperger's and his straight forward analytical thinking was an advantage in the scheming court of Charles II. Whilst at court he befriends a randy lieutenant, John Churchill, whose real life historical glory will be something Holcroft will bask in. The character I really enjoyed was Aphra Behn a woman out of time, part time spy and successful playwright, she gets an important cameo in the new book.

This book is set a decade or so later.Charles II is dead and his brother James II is king. Holcroft is an artilleryman and we find him and his friend John Churchill during the events of the Monmouth Rebellion. The events of the book cover the period of time between the Monmouth Rebellion and the Glorious Revolution. It has all the ingredient of cracking historical fiction, there are religious rivalries, battles and skirmishes, an evil French spy, buffoonish officers, treasonous plots, life long friends on opposing sides and in the middle of the storm Holcroft Blood trying to make sense of it all .

Writing historical fiction you are sometimes hampered by the facts, and that they only look neat and tidy with hindsight, so sometimes there are lulls in the story where nothing pertinent to the plot is happening, this is the case but this is handled neatly with a good sub plot. I really want the listener to find out the story twist and turns, so no spoilers, but the writer sets up the next installment beautifully.

A decent narration with the oddest portrayal of a beautiful woman I've heard, but that's the point of it!

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next book in the series.