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Winter, 1670. Holcroft Blood has entered the employ of the powerful Duke of Buckingham. It is here that his education really begins. With a gift for numbers, Holcroft soon proves invaluable to the Duke, but when he's pushed into a betrayal he risks everything for revenge. His father, Colonel Thomas Blood, has fallen on hard times. When he's asked to commit treason by stealing the crown jewels, he puts himself and his family in a dangerous situation. As the machinations of powerful men plot to secure the country's future, both father and son must learn what it is to survive in a more dangerous battlefield than war - the court of King Charles II.

©2017 Angus Donald (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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A great start to a new series.

I have all of Mr. Donald's books and when I saw this recent release I knew it would be top notch.
Knowing the history of Captain Blood I found this book very entertaining and can't wait for the rest of the series. Jack Churchill is a amazing figure in history and his character along with Holcroft Blood is going to be very entertaining indeed!

All the characters are written and preformed well though my current favorite character so far is Captain Blood. From all historical accounts he really was that audacious of a man.

The naration by Mr. Lynch is well done. He always provides a great performance.

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  • 11-02-17

Bloody Ridiculous!

Thomas Blood is undoubtedly one history's greatest rogues. In many ways he's not the most likeable character but certainly his story is truly remarkable. Angus Donald takes on a story which seems ridiculous in some ways but surprising amounts of it are indeed matters of historical record.

For me the real cleverness of this book is that the lead is actually Holcroft Blood who is one of his sons. He is a cracking character and very well written living as he does somewhere within the autistic spectrum. His language and number skills propel him very rapidly into both career progression and then trouble. I much prefer this approach to the obvious one of making his father into a "lovable" rogue.

The centre piece of the adventure is of course that audacious robbery but the book offers far more intrigue and background than just that. The machinations of the ridiculous King Charles II and his various Lords and their retainers gave the story real depth and considerable character.

Damian Lynch is a quality narrator and his matter of fact delivery style suits Holcroft very naturally. He also manages to inject some colour with the brash elder Blood as well as the book's popinjays and dandies. As there were few chapter headings some scene transitions do occur so seamlessly they can be confusing unless you are concentrating. A second or two's silence might not have gone amiss.

Still though this is an extremely enjoyable piece of historical fiction and a promising start to what is apparently going to be a new series with the second book coming out this time next year. It's very different to this author's previous works but just as good.

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