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The Seeker: Damian Seeker 1 by S.G. MacLean
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The Seeker: Damian Seeker 1

by S.G. MacLean

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London in time of The Protectorate is a complex place. Whilst the Commonwealth under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell has banned theatre etc, the people are still living life as normal regardless of whether there is a king on the throne or a Protector in charge. Meanwhile the Royalists are plotting and spying from their base in The Netherlands. High-ranking Parliamentarian John Winter is brutally murdered in Whitehall, his wife appears innocent even though she is a staunch Royalist, but a plot is feared and intelligencer and enforcer Damian Seeker is tasked with solving the crime. This leads to a web of intrigue involving the Barbados slave trade, coffee houses and an old score to settle from the West Country.

Having read one of MacLean's books before I had high hopes for this series, the setting is relatively unexplored, particularly from the perspective of the Parliamentarians. Usually books focus on the Civil War itself and have a romanticised view of the Royalists, this book explores issues affecting both sides and takes the viewpoint from the common people which is also refreshing. Whilst Damian Seeker is the central character he is quite lightly drawn, probably to be further explored in later instalments, and this is the the benefit of the pace of the novel. Plotting is interesting with multiple strands drawn together and I was particularly interested in the white slave trade aspect as it was something I was relatively unaware of in this period. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
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London, 1654. Oliver Cromwell is at the height of his power and has declared himself Lord Protector. Yet he has many enemies, at home and abroad.

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