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The Blooding [Paperback]

James McGee
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15 Jan 2015

Hawkwood’s in America for this gripping, action-packed follow up to the bestselling Ratcatcher - for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Igulden and Patrick O’Brian

1812: Matthew Hawkwood, soldier turned spy, is stranded behind enemy lines, in America, a country at war with Britain.

Heading for the safety of the Canadian border, Hawkwood’s route takes him to Albany where the chance sighting of a former comrade-in-arms – Major Douglas Lawrence – within a consignment of British prisoners puts paid to his plans.

For as the two men make their escape they uncover an American plot to invade Canada. If it is successful, the entire continent will be lost. The British authorities must be warned.

Pursued by a relentless enemy, Hawkwood and Lawrence set off across the snow-bound Adirondack Mountains; the land the Iroquois call ‘The Hunting Grounds’.

But they are not alone.

Buried deep in Hawkwood’s past is an old alliance – one that could save both their lives and help turn the tide of war…

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (15 Jan 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0007320140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007320141
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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James McGee grew up in Gibraltar, Germany, and Northern Ireland. He has worked in banking, sales, newspapers, the airline industry and bookselling. He has travelled extensively in Europe, the United States, Australia and the Far East, but nowadays resides in Somerset.

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Praise for James McGee:

• 'Irresistible… rambunctious entertainment' Observer

• 'Rumbustious…a darkly attractive hero, terrific period atmosphere and action' The Times

• 'Atmospheric and well researched… try it' Daily Mirror

• ‘Breakneck pace, brutal action, clever characterisation and twisty plotting …' Reginald Hill

• ‘Ratcatcher is a richly enjoyable and impressively researched novel – also very gripping. James McGee is clearly a rising star in the historical galaxy and I look forward to Hawkwood's return' Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy

About the Author

James McGee has worked in banking, sales, newspapers, the airline industry and bookselling. His interest in the Napoleonic period dates to his first reading of C.S.Forester's The Gun. His series of books feature former soldier Matthew Hawkwood.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A New Venture for Hawkwood 13 July 2014
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
It seems an age since the last Matthew Hawkwood book was published. The first three Ratcatcher (Book 1, 2006), Resurrectionist (Book 2, 2007), and Rapscallion (Book 3, 2008) followed one another in rapid succession, and then there was a break of three years before Rebellion (Book 4, 2011) was published, and a further three years until the current book.

After reading the other four Matthew Hawkwood novel and enjoying them enormously, I was initially disappointed on starting to read The Blooding, to find that the author had taken Matthew Hawkwood, ex-soldier, Bow Street Runner, and sometime spy from the slums and back streets of Regency London, and dropped him on the other side of the Atlantic ocean, in no lesser place than America, and then I remembered the culmination of the plot from the previous Hawkwood book, Rebellion, and realised why this had happened.

The previous book received a lot of criticism from Amazon reviewers, and in a way I can understand why, but after my initial disappointment with the present book, and what I thought was a slow start to the storyline, the author's story telling ability drew me into the plot and I started to enjoy the book on its own merits rather than as a continuation of previous Hawkwood novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 16 July 2014
By dfwp
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Worth the wait !

A story that takes the exploits of Matthew Hawkwood into a new Continent, and fills in his life story. Well written, and ultimately riveting. Somewhat slow to begin with, but picks up the pace admirably, and became impossible to put down!

I hope the next instalment does not take James McGee as long to write !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet! 9 July 2014
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The other four books of the Hawkwood series were unputdownable. This one was better! I had been researching Canadian history for various reasons,but interrupted this to read "The Blooding". In the early sections of the book the story alternated between Hawkwood's childhood and the his adult troubles. The brutality of this era of history was on display (as with the other books) along with author's ability to draw you into the mind of a man battling with his circumstances but continuing his battle for good to triumph over evil. I often read books I love again but usually wait a few months .........this I will read again as soon as I reread the first four.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down unfinished 15 July 2014
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It answered questions posed by previous books in the series and linked the stories together in a manner. Mathew is a likeable hero and I do hope he is heading back to England for more adventures. There is a mighty gap in his life story. We could be given some taste of his exploits as a soldier fighting in Europe.!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
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Excellent book, I could not put it down, can't wait for the next book.
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