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Dark Remains (A Maggie Power Adventure #1)

Dark Remains (A Maggie Power Adventure #1) [Kindle Edition]

Sean McMahon
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This powerful historical novel vividly evokes London in 1842 and the terrifying plight of 13-year-old Maggie Power and her younger brother Tom. With their mother dead and father unjustly imprisoned because he's a Chartist - a group fighting for the rights of the working class - the pair is left to endure a bleak existence as street children. Living in a shack and scrounging the river banks for discarded items they can sell for food assures them certain death either by starvation or disease. But they do have one recourse and in desperation turn to a former friend of their father, Mr Turner. Turner takes Maggie and Tom under his wing, but is then murdered by two of their father's enemies. Now fearing for their lives, the children fall in with a rough gang of delinquents who promise them protection in exchange for criminal cooperation. As their young lives become one bad experience after another, they learn that things are seldom what they seem and that few people are trustworthy. Fine characterization - at least for Maggie - and skilled pacing make this a real page-turner.
--Publishers Weekly on this 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semi Finalist.

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"This powerful historical novel vividly evokes London in 1842 and the
terrifying plight of 13-year-old Maggie Power and her younger brother
Tom. Fine characterization...and skilled pacing make this a real

Publishers Weekly on this 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semi Finalist.

After the death of her mother and imprisonment of her revolutionary father, thirteen-year-old Maggie Power is plunged into a world of poverty and violence. Promising to protect her younger brother - come what may – she scavenges upon the mudflats of the Thames, haunted by the constant
shadows of hunger and disease.

That is, until a chance encounter with a charitable countess, who rescues her from the brutal streets of19th century London. But Maggie's troubles are just beginning. For the rich life presented to her by the mysterious countess comes at a dreadful price.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470974789
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H3C6ME
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #510,153 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sean McMahon lives and works in Liverpool, England, with his partner and two children. Dark Remains, his debut novel, was a semi finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. In December 2013, he released his second novel, All That Glitters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Plunges you straight into 19th Century London 21 Mar 2012
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Dark Remains is a wonderfully well researched book. From the start, I was gripped by the writing and plunged straight into 19th century London. I felt as if I really were in the grubby, filthy streets of London, alongside Maggie and Tom. The book has a very Dickensian feel to it and I would definitely recommend it to fans of Mary Hooper, as the plot follows a very similar path to her novels. Maggie's voice, although written by a man, is very authentic. Throughout the story she remains a very string character, determined to protect her little brother from the horrors of Victorian London.

The plot itself is actually kind of bizarre! At first, I didn't find it very believable but as the loose ends were tied up I could understand why things happened when they did and I really appreciate that! It was still a very bizarre story even at the end though and not one I'll easily forget!

I was especially pleased to find out at the end of the story that there will be a sequel, as I'm quite curious to find out what happens to our little gang!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling work from a very promising author. 13 Feb 2012
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This is an astounding novel. All the more considering it is the author's debut. From the outset I was hooked. It is one of those rare books that contains some hidden narrative magic.The pace of the novel with its many twists and turns made it compelling reading. In style it reminded me a lot of the late great Dickens himself. The author's portrayal of 19th century Victorian London and the pivotal references to Chartism, the first mass working class Labour movement in the world, is clearly well researched and very well presented. This is definitely an author to look out for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Remains 29 Jan 2012
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A beautifully written book which i thoroughly enjoyed.A real page turner from beginning to end, which i have recommended to friends. Thirteen year old Maggie is a strong and brave young woman,bring on the next one Sean,i look forward to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Remains 23 Dec 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to be read. I will look forward to another book by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breathless Adventure for Readers of All Ages 27 Feb 2012
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DARK REMAINS, a young adult novel by Sean McMahon, is the story of two damaged children and the harrowing journey of their survival.

Told from the point of view of the thirteen-year old heroine, the story deals with poverty, abandonment, and cruelty to children in the 1840s, long before the great social reformers of the early twentieth century took up the plight of society's abused.

I loved this book. Reading it was exciting, like the first read of OLIVER TWIST. Mr. McMahon's prose sparkles. His sense of history shines. The seamy side of 1840s London comes alive in the pages of DARK REMAINS.

It is 1842 and Maggie Powers and her younger brother, Tom, are mudlarking on the banks of the Thames. From the first sentence, we are caught up in the story:

"There was no reply. Maggie cupped her hands to her mouth - ready to call once more, when a small boat, drifting down the centre of the river, caught her eye and distracted her for a moment."

Their mother is dead, their father imprisoned because of his role in Chartism, one of the earliest worker movements. Led by Maggie, the two children search for food, shelter, and Mr. Turner, a friend of their father who is bound to help.

Although Maggie has the perception and moral compass of an adult, even she can be tricked. Before their odyssey ends, brother, sister, and sidekick, Jack, take up with Charlie and his gang of homeless children, scavenge for food, have a brush or three with the law, are pursued or assisted by vivid characters worthy of Charles Dickens. They witness murders in the dark of night, meet and are kept by the haunting Countess Jouvente who claims to have fled persecution in France. The ending features the redoubtable Mr. Blake, a character modeled after England's early detectives.

There are adventures in every paragraph, twists at every page turn. Action is punctuated by letters or quotes from documents having to do with the Chartist movement or with the imprisonment and appeal of Thomas Powers.

I highly recommend the book to readers of all ages who love a breathless adventure and want to be transported to another time in history.

About the Author. Sean McMahon lives in Liverpool, England and Dark Remains is his debut novel. He is currently working on the second novel in the series, and hopes to publish it sometime during 2012.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Fiction 22 Jan 2012
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This is an excellent historical fiction novel. It takes place in England in the late 1800s and is told from the perspective of Maggie, a teenage girl who is left to care for her brother Thomas on the streets of London. Their father is a leader in the movement to improve conditions for the working class and is imprisoned on charges of creating a riot and other charges against the crown. This sends the family into poverty and they have to become scavengers just to stay alive. Soon the mother dies, leaving just the children. The children try to find a friend of their father who they then seen murdered and whoever did it wants them dead. They then meet a wonderful rich woman who wants to help them or does she? The story is extremely well written and you begin to feel as if you are along for the journey. There is lots of action and interesting twists and turns. I would highly recommend this book.
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