The Seeker

The Seeker #2020

The Seeker London the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell No one knows where Damian Seeker originated from who his family is or even his real name Mothers frighten their children by telling them tales of Th
  • Title: The Seeker
  • Author: S.G. MacLean
  • ISBN: 1784292230
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • London, 1657, the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell No one knows where Damian Seeker originated from, who his family is, or even his real name Mothers frighten their children by telling them tales of The Seeker All that is known of him for certain is that he is utterly loyal to Cromwell, and that nothing can be long hidden from him In the new, fashionable coffee houses oLondon, 1657, the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell No one knows where Damian Seeker originated from, who his family is, or even his real name Mothers frighten their children by telling them tales of The Seeker All that is known of him for certain is that he is utterly loyal to Cromwell, and that nothing can be long hidden from him In the new, fashionable coffee houses of London, a murder takes place All London is ringing with the news that John Winter is dead, the lawyer Elias Ellingworth, found holding a knife over the bleeding body of the dying man, held in the Tower Despite the damning evidence, Seeker is not convinced of Ellingworth s guilt He will stop at nothing to bring the right man to justice
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    This is an atmospheric historical thriller that brilliantly captures the repercussions of the English Civil War in the 1650s It is set in Oliver Cromwell s reign where Coffee Houses are one of the major places where news is acquired and political discussions take place MacLean is a gifted storyteller who has the ability to construct a portal through which we can enter Cromwell s London and the royalist hotbed that is Oxford The historical period is meticulously researched and the descriptions vi [...]

    But today, his long black cloak flowing behind him as he spurred his horse towards the city, there could be no doubt that there was business of great import somewhere, and those few who saw Seeker pass gave silent thanks that whatever it was was no concern of theirs I loved this book The second I finished it I was tempted to start right back at the beginning again but instead I settled for going online and pre ordering the second book from The Book Depository Set in November 1654, it is an excel [...]

    Thank you to Netgalley and Quercus books for my free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review If you fancy immersing yourself in 1650 s England, then this historical crime fiction can certainly do that It s a living, breathing portrait of life during that troubled period in history.Set during the reign of Cromwell, it brings to the fore, the man responsible for Cromwell s safety Damian Seeker, known simply as The Seeker He might live very much in the shadows but nothing escapes his attentio [...]

    Wonderful historical mystery set in the 17th century during the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell On reflection I ve increased the rating to 5 stars as the book still has me thinking about it after I had finished reading Damien Seeker is on the hunt for who murdered John Winter and as the twists and turns of the story unfold, the truth comes to the surface Often with surprising results I found the story engrossing and enjoyed that the book never felt to me like it was written with a 21st century v [...]

    Thoroughly enjoyed this crime drama set in the period of the Commonwealth following the triumph of the Parliamentary faction in the English Civil War It captures well the paranoia that must have been endemic especially in the big cities like Bath and the capital, London, with anyone who voiced the slightest criticism of the regime hauled off to a nasty fate.The main plotline follows the attempt of Damian Seeker, high up in the Commonwealth s security spy services to discover who murdered a key p [...]

    I don t write many reviews, but I wanted to write one for this book because I thought it was great and doesn t have a lot of them on Maybe because it s only published by a UK publisher, and isn t even available on US version anyway I loved this book and didn t want to put it down, which doesn t happen that often for me, and not usually with historical mysteries either The historical detail is fantastic, but it s never dry, just interspersed with the narrative, and you really get an idea of what [...]

    The English Civil War is over, Royalists defeated, King Charles executed, England under the rule of Oliver Cromwell, a People s Commonwealth reminiscent of Stalin s Russia But Cromwell s rule is new and fearful of royal restoration The much feared and mysterious Damian Seeker is an instrument of the regime, employed to seek out plots, dissidence and revolution and to crush them.What a fascinating novel this is It could so easily have fallen into any number of traps, but the author deftly confoun [...]

    enjoyed this new series based during the commonwealth and the mysterious mr seeker who works for Cromwell and works in the shadows the plot centres around the murder of one of cromwell s soldiers in Whitehall and royalist plots as the action takes place in London and oxford and as the book goes on we learn about seeker the man think that fans of cj sansom would enjoy this as well.

    Seeker is an agent for Oliver Cromwell who is tasked with finding the murderer of an army officer This was a fantastic thriller set during the Commonwealth, a period in England s history that is reminiscent of Stalin s Russia with the spies and lack of free speech, etc.

    They seek him hereOliver Cromwell has set himself up as de facto monarch of England, living in Charles Stuart s palace surrounded by luxury Surrounded also by plots and plotters, he has a spy network to look after his safety and that of the Commonwealth Amongst them is Seeker, aka The Seeker When a man apparently loyal to Cromwell is killed, it falls to Seeker aka The Seeker to find out whodunit and why I m going to be perfectly honest here and say that I didn t have a clue what was going on for [...]

    Despite loving historical fiction, Oliver Cromwell s England and the two King Charles either side of it has never been an era of interest to me I ve tried many but finished few.With the added bonus of a good juicy murder mystery, this book might have been the one to break the cycle but it also went the way of a DNF It s well written and researched, and with a different time would probably have worked for me, but I just can t muster up any enthusiasm for either cause Time to accept once and for a [...]

    A good book, I think, for people who like historical crime fiction The time and place of Cromwell s England is well depicted and the plot is gripping This is not the Merry Old England you would find in an Ellis Peters book, but a fairly gritty and violent depiction of the past, though mixed with depictions of human kindness and some romance The author chooses to depict most characters as sympathetic to a least some extent while making them all men and women of their brutal and unenlightened time [...]

    London,1654,Oliver Cromwell is at the height of his power and has declared himself Lord Protector London is a teaming warren of spies, merchants,priests,exlies,solders and assassins.One of the web s most fearsome spiders is Damian Seeker,agent of the Lord Protector The murder of John Winter,hero of Cromwell s all powerful army,is dead and the lawyer,Elias Ellingworth,found standing over the bleeding body,cluting a knife This is not just a cracking Historical novel but also a great who done it wi [...]

    A thoroughly gripping spy thriller that takes place in the turbulent time of Oliver Cromwell Filled with intrigue, deception and a touch of romance I eagerly await the second book in this new series.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this Some very clever elements to it as the ground constantly shifts beneath our expectations Loved Damian Seeker.

    Absolutely hooked by this The setting, the character, the mystery Loved Damian Seeker apparently the villain, but actually a complex and fascinating hero Wish there were than 2 in the series

    And I wept for a monster who had not known he was one until his master rendered him so Welcome welcome I m back with a book review Have you been waiting long enough I have to admit that it was a cover buy also discount buy BUY TWO AND GET ONE HALF PRICE Waterstones do know how to make a good promotion In fact, historical fiction isn t really my to go genre Or let s just say that I avoid it as possible as I can.Wellyway, here s me giving you my true opinion on this book.Things I Liked the writing [...]

    I love learning history by reading intelligently written historical mysteriesd this was one and another by S.G MacLean Oliver Cromwell s London was a confusing, dangerous place, clearly I ve never had a clear picture of this historical time, but now have some understanding of how and why it came to be, and what it was like to live in it, and why so many of my ancestors came to the American Colonies during this period The Barbados slave trade is also fascinating to learn about, as that ties in wi [...]

    This is a great book, intelligently written and well researched historical fiction The storyline immediately captures the reader I would rate it alongside CJ Sansom Looking forward to the next in this series.

    This one was a bit of an impulse buy for me, a what the hell, why not book I don t normally go for murder mysteries but I love historical fiction, and I ve never read a book set during the Protectorate, so it was an interesting change of pace for me Luckily I really enjoyed this book CharactersOne of my favourite character archetypes is the mystery man, the character we know very little about, and learn even less Damian Seeker is one such character He s an enigma The only solid facts we know abo [...]

    This book is brilliant It is on a level with some of the best historical thrillers that have come out in recent years, without copying their style and format Although there have been many Tudor based political thrillers in the last decade or so notably by C.J Sansom and S.J Parris, though several others too , I ve been disappointed by the lack of similar books set in the time of the English civil wars, revolution and Commonwealth Thankfully, a few have now appeared, and this is by far the best o [...]

    Elizabethan London seems to be popular to recreate in fiction, but the Cromwellian era not so much However, if you are familiar with the Elizabethan era, you will recognize the London of that period in this novel The atmosphere is tense and danger is lurking in every corner you simply cannot trust anyone every single street corner has got ears And most of these whisper their secrets to The Seeker I know it might seem than far fetched, but the description of Damian Seeker had me thinking of the [...]

    One of the very best historical thrillers I have read Definitely up there with CS Sansom s Shardlake.Set in 1650s Protectorate Britain, Damian Seeker is one of Cromwell s top agents in the fight against a royalist insurgency He is feared and ruthless and utterly loyal to Cromwell but there is clearly to him than meets the eye A gathering of customers in a London coffee shop sets the scene for a well told mystery thriller surrounding the death of a Lieutenant in the New Model Army The obvious cu [...]

    This is a book that I found myself constrained to follow through to the end, almost against my will It may seem something of a back handed compliment to say this but I assure you it is meant as an accolade The eponymous hero is a fascinating character who has the ability to get under a reader s skin you know there is to him than meets the eye and this is, in itself, enough to keep you reading The plot is convincing and not too predictable and the atmosphere of this dangerous period in history i [...]

    Set in the Post English Civil war protectorate, Damien Seeker is an agent of Cromwell s, sniffing out Royalist plots to return the monarchy when a High ranking soldier gets murdered A lawyer and anti cromwell pamphleteer is the main suspect, but Seeker is convinced of his innocence Well plotted, full of twists and turns, Ms MacLean captures Cromwell s England as it was rather than a romantic image of perfect republicanism brilliant start to the series.

    I ve given this four stars rather than five because I didn t know quite what to make of it in the beginning but as I persevered it got really good There are many complex threads and for a long time you have no idea how they are going to come together Seeker is a formidable character and in some ways an unlikely hero but you come to respect him and gain some understanding of the forces that have formed him.

    The first Shona MacLean I read, and it was like coming home Now if there s a production company out there looking for a series of books to make a into a costume drama this is where they should start And dare I suggest Richard Armitage for Damien Seeker

    I am SP Flynn s widow MM Flynn It is in my name now.The book was really very good and well written But the ending rather spoiled it My expectations were high I looked towards a hanger ending So the second book will have a really explosive start.

    DNF for me, after page after page of adjectives in sentences that really didn t need that many I gave up Enough said a failure for me.

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