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Distant Thunder (original 2012; edition 2012)

by T D Griggs

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Title:Distant Thunder
Authors:T D Griggs
Info:Orion (2012), Edition: Trade Paperback, Paperback, 464 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:historical fiction, 1890s, soldiers, Sudan, revenge, social classes, India

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Distant Thunder by Tom Macaulay T. D. Griggs (2012)

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Spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries, addicts of historical, crime and romance fiction are treated to a love story spanning three continents, a murder mystery fueled by the desire for revenge and a historical attention to detail that makes the story of Frank Gray (orphaned stable boy) and Grace Dearborn (headstrong rich girl) all the more vivid. Following a deluge of boring books this spring, Griggs provided the throwaway adventure I sorely needed.

This is not the kind of book to suit being pulled apart and analysed in the review pages. Quite often, a rip-roaring story is all a girl needs and what, after all, is the matter with that? Although certain elements of Griggs’ tale seem a little predictable at times – i.e. a tragedy followed by a thirst for revenge followed by an adventure and great love story to go with it, his prose is both simple yet opulent, his historical knowledge just enough to paint a realistic picture without overtaking the plot and the battles…well, just gory enough I found. If Grace Dearborn hadn’t turned out to be such an unrealistic and contradictory character it would have been near perfect.

Griggs’ wonderfully imperfect conclusion to this, his third novel, leaves the way open (I’m hoping) for a Frank Gray sequel and I, for one, am excited to see what he has in store for us next. I shall be placing this novel in the book box at my local train station tomorrow morning, not because I no longer want it but because I need to spread the word. Griggs is bloody good.

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Set at the end of the nineteenth century, this sweeping, epic love story traces the doomed relationship of two young people against the backdrop of a British Empire bracing itself against political opposition. As a boy, Frank had to leave his beloved India when his mother was assaulted by a British officer and accidentally shot when Frank tried to intervene. After his father dies of shame and a broken heart, Frank must make his way to England, sustained only by the determination to revenge himself on the man responsible for destroying his family as soon as he's old enough to become a soldier himself. Grace is the privileged daughter of an industrial magnate, but following her heart and her head makes her a champion of those oppressed by masters of the empire like her father, and so she too finds she has lost her family. As the pair fall in love, there is only one thing standing in the way of true happiness - Frank's vow of revenge...
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Set at the end of the nineteenth century, this sweeping, epic love story traces the doomed relationship of two young people against the backdrop of a British Empire bracing itself against political opposition. As a boy, Frank had to leave his beloved India when his mother was assaulted by a British officer and accidentally shot when Frank tried to intervene. After his father dies of shame and a broken heart, Frank must make his way to England, sustained only by the determination to revenge himself on the man responsible for destroying his family as soon as he's old enough to become a soldier himself. Grace is the privileged daughter of an industrial magnate, but following her heart and her head makes her a champion of those oppressed by masters of the empire like her father, and so she too finds she has lost her family. As the pair fall in love, there is only one thing standing in the way of true happiness Frank's vow of revenge.… (more)

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