1818, Carluke, Lanarkshire. Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. After seven years away, he is a ghostly presence to those he left behind. But Mathew is ambitious and soon becomes a man of influence in his country and beyond. Yet through all his success, he still hides the loss of his one true love.
When a terrible act of murder occurs, Mathew must choose between the rule of blood and the rule of law. And as a man of honour with a warrior’s instincts, he embarks on a journey of vengeance that will test every sinew of his faith in mankind....
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"An excellent story and the perfect narrator"
Yes all excellent
Mathew ofcourse. I love Mr Jardin's strong principled men, who also have enough flaws in them to keep their feet on the ground.
When the narrators voice and accent matches the work they are reading. It works, when they do not a disservice has been perpetrated on the writer and listener. I strongly feel more attention needs to be given to this.
"First but not my last audio book"
James Bryce's reading
Great story by one of my favourit authors.
His rich Scottish voice with such variety made listening and understanding of the characters a complete pleasure.
The whole story was gripping and moving.
This was my first experience of an audio book, but it certainly will not be my last. This was the only Quintin Jardine book that I have not read and actually didn't think I would enjoy, which is why I hadn't bought the Kindle version. However, in need of an audio book thanks to a detached retina, I listened to the sample and loved the voice. After the first two minutes I was hooked. The book is so much better than I had expected - it would make an excellent TV series. Hopefully QJ will write a follow-up and James Bryce will again record it - I will be first on the waiting list even if my eye is by then fully recovered.
"A great stand alone novel by a great Scottish Auth"
Yes I would. Story kept me gripped from the beginning to end. A good mix of human emotions.
"A great new character ......."
.....and a marvellous story line. Narrator James Bryce who does the Skinner books is excellent. Keep up the good work QJ.
"Methinks the start of a new series!"
All the hallmarks of a Skinner book. Fertile men, fecund women, triumph over adversity. Success in excess. I enjoyed it.
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