- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (14 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849163170
- ISBN-13: 978-1849163170
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Devil's Recruit (Alexander Seaton 4) Hardcover – 14 Mar 2013
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'MacLean's portrayal of 17th-century Scotland is masterful, and she brings the bitter religious tensions vividly to life' Historical Novel Society.
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1635, Aberdeen. A new case for Alexander Seaton. A girl lies dead in a frozen garden. A young man goes missing after a drunken brawl. A sinister cloaked figure watches from the shadows. The missing student, son of a Highland chief, is in Alexander Seaton's class. When the young man's companion turns up bruised and bloodied, suspicion mounts that he has murdered his friend. But Alexander is convinced that there's another explanation. Drawn ever deeper into the mystery, Alexander discovers that the man in the shadows is well known to him and that the strange events in the town are linked to a past he would rather forget.See all Product Description
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and soon to be a pastor,and set in Aberdeen of the 1630's.
A well-connected student of Alexander goes missing immediately after having met in a
tavern, recruiters for soldiers for the Thirty Years War.His friend returns bloodied
and dazed and becomes a suspect.As Alexander investigates ,the plot thickens,leading
to further felonies.
The author uses her historical knowledge of the period to skilfully evoke the morality
and atmosphere of the time,as we learn about the horrors of the Thirty Years War,with
Scottish soldiers fighting for both sides. Additionally the character of Alexander
Seaton is complex as he struggles with his past misdemeanours,and with the rigid mores
of the kirk of which he is a leading member.
MacLean's portrayal of seventeenth-century Scotland is masterful and she brings the bitter religious tensions vividly to life. Seaton is a sympathetic hero, with credible conflicts and challenges. Characters from Seaton's past resurface and play a major part in the novel. For readers of the series, I believe they appeared in book one, `The Redemption of Alexander Seaton'.
There is tragedy for Seaton in `The Devil's Recruit' which I will not of course reveal. For readers who are already Seaton fans, I'm sure this book will be a welcome addition. For a novice like me, I shall be seeking out the other books in the series.
I received a free review copy of this book via the Historical Novel Society. This review (or an edited version) has appeared in the Historical Novels Review
Guest Review by Gary Shepherd for Liz Loves Books.
1635, and Europe is in the grip of the brutal territorial and religious struggle of the Thirty Years' War. Fear stalks the town of Aberdeen as a ship recruiting for the wars lies at anchor in the river mouth. A sinister figure watches from the shadows as apprehension grows and culminates in the disappearance of the son of a Highland chief - a student of Alexander Seaton. When the frozen body of a young woman is found in the garden of a prominent citizen, Alexander becomes more deeply embroiled. He realises that the figure in the shadows is known to him and has come for him. He can hide from his past no longer.
Review by Gary Shepherd.
First off and unfortunately, I've come to this fourth in the series featuring Alexander Seaton having not read the previous novels. Without giving too much away this dents the emotional wallop the ending would otherwise have had...
That being said, it was still a terrific read. The author, in common with C.J. Sansom and Hilary Mantel, manages to convey a perfect sense of the atmosphere of the period. Seaton is that best of all heroes, ultimately good but flawed, in that he doesnt discover the solution to the mysteries until they are almost presented to him. This is an unusual tale in that there are several mysteries seemingly unconnected but ultimately interwoven at the end, hence why Seaton is so confounded and doesnt see the links until its almost too late. This keeps you guessing right up until the very end.Read more ›
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So sorry this series has come to an end. I couldn't put any of them down. Looking forward to her next book.Published 5 months ago by Mrs. J. Potter
Like most reviewers I've read all four of the series and been intrigued by the setting - north east Scotland in the 17th century. This last book though is a really downbeat read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Viv
The Alexander Seaton novels have each been a source of enjoyable reading. Shona Maclean must join the ranks of writers who give us stories that grip and feed the imagination. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alun Harris
As always any book about Alexander Seaton meets with a high review.Published 17 months ago by Celtic Dreamer
Excellent sequel to SG Maclean's other's - I expected no less. Ordered The Devil's Recruit and received it in excellent packaging in only a few days - it even survived my three... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bungy
Probably the best in the series so far, with several unexpected turns.
It's left me eagerly awaiting the next one.