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The Devil's Recruit (Alexander Seaton 4) [Hardcover]

S. G. MacLean
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14 Mar 2013 Alexander Seaton 4

1635, Aberdeen. 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 realises that the man in the shadows is known to him and that the strange events in the town are linked to his own past.


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1849163170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849163170
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Recruit -S.G.MacLean 31 Mar 2013
By Simon Clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is the fourth historical thriller featuring Alexander Seaton,university teacher
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Historical Read 31 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the fourth novel with Alexander Seaton as its hero but it was my first introduction to him. The novel is set in Aberdeen in 1635 against the backdrop of the brutal and bitter Thirty Years War in Europe. A ship recruiting for the wars is at anchor in the river mouth, its presence casting fear over the city. When a student of Seaton's disappears and a young woman's frozen body is found hanging in the garden of a prominent citizen, Seaton is pulled into a chain of deadly events.

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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series set in 17th Century Scotland 19 Sep 2013
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This was the forth book in the Alexander Seaton series and every bit as good as the other three. Can't wait for no five to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alex Seaton4 18 Aug 2013
By johled
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Very intriguing set of novel's, from 1-4 had you spellbound and could remember place names in Aberdeen. Very well written by Shona MacLean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 22 July 2013
By Sarah g
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Another great book from Shona. I look forward to reading more in the Seaton series. I would recommend this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 30 Mar 2013
By C.S.
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I very much enjoyed the first three Alexander Seaton books, but this one was a bit of a let down. There is very little mystery involved and not a lot of plot. Also it has made me rather dislike Alexander Seaton himself. His troubles are the result of his own pompous and self-righteous principles, and if he was a little less stiff-necked the problems he encounters during the last quarter of the book would not have even existed. Therefore, I can't really sympathise with him much, especially as he proved to be such a hypocrite! The first three quarters of the book were pretty boring, and I only persevered on the strength of the previous books, which all had an interesting and intriguing story line.
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By Bungy
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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 dogs reaching it first.
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Probably the best in the series so far, with several unexpected turns.

It's left me eagerly awaiting the next one.
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