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It is January 1721. London is reeling from the effects of the greatest financial scandal of the age, the collapse of the South Sea Bubble. William Spandrel, a penniless mapmaker, is offered a discharge of his debts by his principal creditor, Sir Theodore Janssen, a director of the South Sea Company, on one condition: he must secretly convey an important package to a friend of Janssen's, Ysbrand de Vries, in Amsterdam. The package safely delivered, Spandrel barely survives an attempt on his life, only to be blamed for the murder of de Vries himself....

©2000 Robert and Vaunda Goddard (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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  • Tomada65
  • 04-05-2021

BRILLIANT GODDARD 👏

Great, engrossing !!! All I have read I have so enjoyed. Splendid so far. T.Beck 120855

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  • Kirstine
  • 22-02-2021

Informative and gripping

I enjoyed this interesting mix of the historical facts about aftermath of the South Sea Bubble debacle in the 18th century interwoven with an imaginary and exciting story full of twists and turns. I'd heard of the financial crash that the failure of the company caused but hadn't known that MPs, aristocrats and even the royal family had engaged in corrupt practices whereby they got shares at heavily discounted prices and got rid of them at higher values before the crash and that government ministers had actively tried to cover up this insider trading by their cronies. Funny how things don't change across the centuries!
Paul Shelly is a superb narrator who gives different voices to the characters so delivers a dramatization of the book.

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  • Ms. C. Z. Marks
  • 27-04-2018

Average story - well read

The story wasn't very engaging but it was well read. It hasn't inspired me to read other Robert Goddard's.

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