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In 1676, an unlikely pair - a young Puritan widow and an English spy - journeys across a land where greed and treachery abound.

Prudence Cotton has recently lost her husband and is desperate to find her daughter, captured by the Nipmuk tribe during King Philip's war. She's convinced her daughter is alive but cannot track her into the wilderness alone. Help arrives in the form of James Bailey, an agent of the crown sent to Boston to investigate the murder of Prudence's husband and to covertly cause a disturbance that would give the king just cause to install royal governors. After his partner is murdered, James needs help too. He strikes a deal with Prudence, and together they traverse the forbidding New England landscape looking for clues. What they confront in the wilderness - and what they discover about each other - could forever change their allegiances and alter their destinies.

©2015 Michael Wallace (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Excellent historical novel

A very good historical novel with a little bit of mystery thrown in. The aftermath of King Philip's War for the Puritans of Boston. Both the Indians and the Colonists fought a dirty battle in Crow Hollow. A very interesting story line combined with an excellent narrator makes for a great book.

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Excellent historic lessons

The story was very predictable. But the historic setting and background was wonderful. The author did a great job of putting you in the time period.

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A wonderful work of American historical fiction

If you like the novels of frank Yerby and Frank Slaughter of a generation (or has it been two?) ago or even like good westerns--yes, perfect! A New England western, you'll love this adventure filled with history, mystery intrigue and romance.

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Great historical fiction.

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. A little of everything - suspense, mystery, action, history and romance.
As a fan of historical fiction this book is one of the best. I can already picture the movie it could become.

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unlikely reader

I read 95% nonfiction or technical material. I listened to the sample narration of this book and was intrigued by the woman's voice. After reading the synopsis and reviews decided to take a chance on it. I wasn't sure that I would make the 10 hour stint. Turned out I listened to straight though! Rosemary ' s amazing voice had alot to do with it
The story held my interest even though I'm not a overly sentimental guy,but I felt a strong sense of empathy for Priscilla and actually shed a tear. I'm glad I did take a chance.

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Loved this adventure/Romance

A widow has lost her husband in an attack by Indians but knows not why. The King's man from England is in the Colonies to find out about the loss of his agent. The widow's child was taken by Indians. She wants her back. It is a story that is engrossing and well told.

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Good listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It was well read, and the story kept my interest to the end.

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Nearly Adequate and Forgettable

There are a few moments when the story almost reaches a basic level of adequacy, but it never manages to hit that mark. The plot and dialogue seem to be a fill-in-the-blank exercise from a middle school creative writing class, and the characters are one dimensional. Also, the author and editor didn't care enough to correct errors: the hero wishing to spend Christmas with his living father when the father's death is described early in the book, or the heroine's muddled timeline that suddenly changes months into years. The narrator is neither bad nor great. Overall, the entire experience was forgettable.

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my first Michael Wallace, I enjoyed it

First time author for me. This book is a mystery set as historical fiction but I see the author has written books in different genres; sci fi, World War II, a series set in a polygamist Mormon community, all mysteries.

This book is set in 1670's Massachusetts. You have Puritans, Quakers, British agents, a couple Native American tribes plus greed and evil. There have been two massacres, one where the Native Americans massacre a small town then the subsequent revenge killings of almost the entire tribe. British King Charles sends one of his best agents to get to the bottom of what really happened. How suspenseful can that time frame really be? Well, it was a pretty good story and I enjoyed it. I'll give the author another try, maybe a WWII mystery....

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Excellent Early American mystery

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical novel, set in the late 17th century. The characters were fascinating and fully formed, the atmosphere of Boston and nearby Massachusetts Colony described well, and the romance understated but satisfying. There was plenty of action, too, including chase scenes and a final confrontation. This is a very unusual setting, and I felt it was quite authentic (knowing nothing about the author's research). The plot was actually a mystery, although it was more about the 'how' than the 'who.' Ms. Benson did an admirable job of the narration and kept the pace just right for my taste. Her use of different tones and accents for characters was well done. I would highly recommend this book for historical novel and mystery lovers.

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Boring

the subject and title show promise and it starts out well, but soon becomes boring. It is very predictable and the characters are unconvincing. The narrator does not help. Don't bither.