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A Trail of Fire (Outlander Omnibus) [Hardcover]

Diana Gabaldon
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11 Oct 2012 Outlander Omnibus

In LORD JOHN AND THE PLAGUE OF ZOMBIES, Lord John Grey is posted to Jamaica to assist the Governor as he faces a most unusual kind of uprising among the colony's slave population.

In THE SPACE BETWEEN, Jamie Fraser's stepdaughter, Joan, is on her way to an abbey in Paris to become a nun - but when she meets the Comte St Germain, a wealthy French aristocrat rumoured to deal in the occult - she discovers her destiny lies on quite a different path.

In THE CUSTOM OF THE ARMY, Lord John Grey is summoned as a witness in a court martial in the wilds of Acadia, only to find himself playing a crucial role in the Battle of Quebec.

In A LEAF ON THE WIND OF ALL HALLOWS, a Second World War Spitfire pilot called Jerry MacKenzie crashes near a stone circle and wakes up in the eighteenth century. Can the strange man he meets - who, impossibly, seems to know him - help him return to his wife and baby son before a terrible fate overtakes them?


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 140914447X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409144472
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Gabaldon is the internationally bestselling author of many historical novels including Cross Stitch, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow Ashes. She lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Four extraordinary stories featuring characters from the bestselling Outlander series.

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Trails of tracer bullets, and the fiery trail of a wounded Spitfire falling out of the sky.

The burning of plantations in a Jamaican night, in a trail leading down from the mountains, straight toward Kingstown.

The trail blazed by night by the handful of heroic Highlanders who fought their way straight up a vertical cliff to stand on the Plains of Abraham in a fiery dawn.

And the trail of a torch burning green, through the eerie surrounds of a Parisian cemetery, down into the mysteries of the earth.

Four tales from Diana Gabaldon, each set in a different time and place - from Paris before the Revolution to London during the Blitz, from the West Indies in the grip of slavery to Quebec at the height of the French and Indian War - and yet each one a fiery thread in the warp and weft of the epic story that began in Scotland in 1945, when Claire Randall first touched a boulder in an ancient stone circle and was hurled back in time...


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Trail of Fire" 3 Dec 2012
By ann
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There are never enough Diana Gabaldon books for me. I am always waiting for the next one! This one totally lives up to my expectations. A collection of four short stories which tie up one or two loose ends from previous books. You really need to be a fan of the Outlander series and the Lord John books to appreciate this one though. I highly recommend it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana Gabaldon Never Disappoints 29 Jan 2013
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I have to admit that I have already read all but one of the stories in this anthology when they have been in other publications so although it was great to have them all in once place it was only really "The Space Between" that want to review here. Although I will definitely reread the others at some point!

There are so many little golden nuggets of information in "The Space Between" which both clarify what the reader already believes about time travel and at the same time leaves us with even more questions than we had before. I had no doubt that I would love the characters of Michael and Joan after reading about them in Echo in the Bone but I adored the way they had characteristics of their relevant family members but were at the same time people in their own right. I'm really looking forward to the next "big book" to find out what happens to the two of them. However the biggest surprise in this story was the Comte who I was thoroughly expecting to be a nasty piece of work but who ended up being a quite likeable person even though he was obviously the king of manipulation and selfishness! We really need to know more about this man!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection, this makes me hungry for more! 15 Jan 2013
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I would highly recommend this to all Diana Gabaldon fans, the shorter story format was great and the characters and plots were entirely fleshed out. This makes me look forward to her next Claire and Jamie book that will hopefully be released at the end of 2013. You will not be disappointed with A Trail of Fire.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
By DebbieB
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This is sold as an Outlander Omnibus, but to me it isn't quite that. It consists of four (long) short stories, two about Lord John Grey and two about peripheral characters, extremely so in fact, from the Outlander series. The stories were all entertaining but suffered from a lack of the full characterization I am used to in Diana Gabaldon's books.
I was unhappy with the use of the words 'whyever' and 'suchly' because I don't think they are words! I laughed out loud at my misunderstanding at another point 'Tom.....sprang up like a frog onto hands and knees, scrabbling madly for pistol and shot in the chest'. I thought for a moment that Tom (who I rather like) had been shot in the chest!
Diana Gabaldon explains the way she has fitted her stories between other stories or books very clearly. She appears to be delighted with the 'bulges', where she can nip backwards and forwards in time(!) inserting a novella here or a short story there to fit between her books. Many of the reviews of her other works make it clear that readers are more interested, or even only interested, in continuing the stories of Jamie and Claire and family or Lord John. I think this is worth taking into account.
This all sounds rather critical but I did quite enjoy the book, it just did not have the magic of the main Outlander books. I did see at the end that a follow on to 'Echo in the Bone' called 'Written in My Own Heart's Blood' is due to be published, hopefully in 2013. I tried straight-away to order this but although two further novels appear (unnamed) on Amazon, neither is available to order now on kindle. This is a shame because I only read on kindle now and would have liked to secure the next book while the title was fresh in my mind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A trail of fire 19 Jan 2013
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Enjoyed all the stories can't wait for the 8th Outlander book. Would recommend this book but you understand the characters better if you've read the Outlander series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure 4 Dec 2012
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Ms. Gabaldon knows how to keep us entertained. I became a true fan the first time I read Outlander. I have continued to read the whole series and re-read it everytime a new one is release. Time to read them again! New book out fall of 2013! woohoo!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bulging 22 Jan 2013
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Diana Gabaldon describes these stories as part of a bulge in the Outlander series. They are perfectly good but leave one wishing for more. I like the fact that she takes the trouble to fill in missing gaps and to flesh out peripheral characters, as if she felt they were lonely and neglected. Such a vast opus. Next novel please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A traill of fire 22 Jan 2013
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Four short but complete stories each with characters from other Diana Gabaldon books. Each story very entertaining and it makes you want to read more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Trial of Fire (Lord John Grey)
As with all Diana Gabaldon's books I couldn't fault it. My only complaint is that I need to start on a follow on straightaway.
Published 1 day ago by S. Black
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excellent
Published 12 days ago by danna towner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fabulous, bringing us up to date once more.
Published 19 days ago by Welsh Lady
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the wife loved it
Published 28 days ago by Graham Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love all Diana Gabaldon books - excellent author.
Published 1 month ago by soso
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, latest in series
Good book ,latest in series, is there going to be any more???
Published 1 month ago by avidmareader
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan then you'll love it, as it's the usual high standard
What can I say?! If you're a fan then you'll love it, as it's the usual high standard, well researched novel that we have come to expect of Diana. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase experience
Sent quickly, read almost as fast. One of my favourite authors, and the book was in excellent condition.
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Rakestraw
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful how these stories go off at a tangent to ...
Wonderful how these stories go off at a tangent to the main story, but are still part of it. I have the complete collection of Diana's books.
Published 1 month ago by Carole Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely fine thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Marble Madonna
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