For me, any mention of the French Revolution immediately conjures up visions of Madame What-have-you knitting as the heads roll at the guillotine. This historical adventure of a plot to assassinate the king of England to initiate a similar revolution in Britain could indeed be construed as the original British spy story.
The plot is stumbled upon by the newly appointed Vicar of Deal who crosses the Channel to find out the fate of his French parents in law. He must avoid the marauding Republican Army which scours the French countryside weeding out Loyalists who would have the return of the French Monarchy.
The authors conjure up a keen tense picture of the French Spymaster and his agents as they separate to search for the Vicar in France and also to mingle with the hoards of French Loyalists who have fled across to Britain for safety. It’s up to the Vicar to foil the plot if he can only get back to London in time.
The telling of the tale is just old fashioned enough to add the historical flavor without detracting from the flow. Readable, exciting and plausible, it is the first in a series featuring Thomas Pryce, vicar and secret agent, set in a time when the New World Order of banking control and the Illuminati emerges.
My thanks to Rhoda Hardie PR for this ARC for which I submit an honest review.
- ISBN: 1910786756
- Publisher: Malcolm Down Publishing (3 Nov. 2017)