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The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon

The Scottish Prisoner (2011)

by Diana Gabaldon

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Series: Lord John (3), Outlander (3.7)

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The Scottish Prisoner combines Lord John's and Jamie Fraser's timelines more so than any of the other books from either series. It also tells part of Jamie's life that isn't in the "Outlander" books. Chronologically, the story's events fall between Voyager and Drums of Autumn.

I've been told countless times that I need or should read the "Lord John" books, but I've never had any interest in them. If the series always featured Jamie, then I would read them with the same love I have for all things "Outlander", but otherwise, I'll pass, thank you. However, since The Scottish Prisoner does have Jamie in it, I was glad to pay money to buy the book. The story is exactly what you can expect from Diana Gabaldon. I loved it and got through it quickly. There were several nights when I stayed up later than I should have just to keep reading, and if there is any test to determine the quality of a book, that would be it. So, if you've read the "Outlander" series, at least up to Drums of Autumn, this book is well worth your time.

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  FortifiedByBooks | Oct 8, 2015 |
I have to say that even though Lord John is one of my favorite characters in Outlander I've never read any of his books. I tried, I just couldn't get into them. I picked this one up because of Jamie.

This one was different, it was great to see some of the back story between him and Jamie. I can't wait to read the next Outlander book :) ( )
  Marie113 | Mar 31, 2015 |
The Scottish Prisoner is the third book by Diana Gabaldon that I have read. I have not read the books "in sequential order'. That said I have thoroughly enjoyed each book. I don't know that I can say this is my favorite but it certainly was a good read. While Jamie is my favorite character it was certainly pleasing to read about Lord John and Hal. After finishing the book - I gave a sigh and thought how I look forward to reading the next of Ms. Gabaldon's books. I have one waiting for me in my "to read" stack. I found the story entertaining as I have found each of her books so far. ( )
  JanicsEblen | Oct 4, 2014 |
By far the best of the three John Grey novels.. and I must say I do like him a lot better having read them :)

It engenders a much better understanding of how the man thinks and lives his life and of the deepening friendship between him and Jamie (despite the fact he wants to bed Jamie LOL) ( )
  Mecaza | Sep 28, 2014 |
Gabaldon's incredible storytelling skills weaken a little with this book. Or maybe her storytelling skills keep it afloat in spite of a weak plot. The bulk of the plot involves Lord John and Jamie Fraser on something of an espionage trip to Ireland, involving the investigation of a suspicious wealthy man, and Jamie's awareness of a new Jacobite plot afoot. These two story lines meet rather weakly, and rather than coming to satisfying conclusions with interesting plot twists, they both come to rather unsatisfying ends well before the book ends. We then spend about the last 75 pages, on several irrelevant side plots, (one of which doesn't even begin until these last 75 pages.) Gabaldon's writing is good, and I am interested in the main characters, so I kept on. But this is not up to par with her main Outlander series. ( )
  fingerpost | Sep 3, 2014 |
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Holmes, RickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lodewijk, AnnemarieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To those selfless champions of a beautiful and beloved language who have so kindly helped me with Gaelic translations through the years:

Iain MacKinnon Taylor (and members of his family) (Gaelic/Gaidhlig): Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Catherine MacGregor and Catherine-Ann MacPhee (Gaelic/Gaidhlig): An Echo in the Bone, The Exile, and The Scottish Prisoner

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The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon

London, 1760. For Jamie Fraser, paroled prisoner-of-war in the remote Lake District, life could be worse: He’s not cutting sugar cane in the West Indies, and he’s close enough to the son he cannot claim as his own. But Jamie Fraser’s quiet existence is coming apart at the seams, interrupted first by dreams of his lost wife, then by the appearance of Tobias Quinn, an erstwhile comrade from the Rising.

Like many of the Jacobites who aren’t dead or in prison, Quinn still lives and breathes for the Cause. His latest plan involves an ancient relic that will rally the Irish. Jamie is having none of it—he’s sworn off politics, fighting, and war. Until Lord John Grey shows up with a summons that will take him away from everything he loves—again.

Lord John Grey—aristocrat, soldier, and occasional spy—finds himself in possession of a packet of explosive documents that exposes a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Time is of the essence as the investigation leads to Ireland, with a baffling message left in “Erse,” the tongue favored by Scottish Highlanders. Lord John recognizes the language all too well from his time as governor of Ardsmuir Prison, when it was full of Jacobite prisoners, including a certain Jamie Fraser.

Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead. A captivating return to the world Diana Gabaldon created in her Outlander and Lord John series, The Scottish Prisoner is another masterpiece of epic history, wicked deceit, and scores that can only be settled in blood.

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Lord John Grey--soldier, gentleman, and no mean hand with a blade--fights for his crown, his honor, and his own secrets. Set in the heart of the eighteenth century during the Seven Years' War.

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