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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481264966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481264969
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Vicary is an award-winning author and a university teacher at the Norwegian Study Centre at the university of York, England. He has published three legal thrillers in 'The Trials of Sarah Newby' series. A Fatal Verdict, the second book in this series, was awarded a B.R.A.G Medallion for an outstanding independent novel in 2012. He has also written four historical novels, as well as children's books, and about twenty graded readers for foreign learners of English, published by Oxford University Press. In 2010 and 2011 two of these - Titanic and The Everest Story - were each the winners in their category for the Language Learner Literature Award for the Extensive Reading Foundation.

Tim lives in the English countryside, near York. When he's not writing he likes horse-riding, cycling, and swimming.

His website is http://www.timvicary.com and his blog is http://www.timvicary.wordpress.com


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About the Author

Tim Vicary is an award-winning author and teacher at the university of York, England. He has published four historical novels and three legal thriller, one of which, A Fatal Verdict, won a B.R.A.G Medallion 2012. He has also written school textbooks and more than twenty short books for foreign learners of English, two of which were winners in their categories in the Language Learner Literature Award for the Extensive Reading Foundation in 2010 and 2011. Tim Vicary lives in the English countryside near York with his wife and two dogs and horses.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Fenn on 9 Nov 2012
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This really is very good stuff - and a must for anyone who's never read an historical novel before!
The characters of Ann and her father, Adam Carter are superbly written and one gets the impression of the puritan religious way of life and attitudes of the Civil War and Restoration.
And the dialogue is absolutely perfect! Every character we encounter is believable and well written.
A man haunted by the guilt of cowardice and a young woman torn between two lovers; yes, it is a stupendous tale but a realistic one; such things did occur, to Nell Gwynne for example.
Vicary's storytelling is smooth enough to make you not want to put this book down, and with realistic battle scenes and believable narrative about how war changes different men in different ways combined with the lawlessness and religious fervour of the period makes this a very English book, and predominantly Ann's story but is a tale for both sexes and a must for anyone interested in historical warfare.
Don't think I can recommend this enough really. It's a lovely piece of work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jennytwist on 7 Jan 2013
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When Charles II died and was succeeded by his Catholic brother, James, England was torn between loyalty to the Crown and fear of papists. The Protestants, who had flourished under Cromwell and Charles, now had to worship in secret. When the inevitable rebellion came, in support of Charles' illegitimate son, James Duke of Monmouth, a great deal of the support came from these dissenting groups. This is the story of the people of the village of Colyton, `England's most rebellious town', and their struggle to defend their faith.
Caught in the middle of a war that is none of her making, Ann Carter knows she should support the Monmouth cause and the men of her village, including her betrothed, but she secretly hopes that the war will release her from her boring fiancé, leaving her free to follow her illicit love, the dashing Robert Pole, son of the local lord and an officer in the King's army.

Tim Vicary has captured the era with deadly accuracy. In those days life was brutal and held cheap. Women were chattels and any life other than that of dutiful wife was considered improper. Amid the violence and horror of the rebellion, Ann struggles with her conscience and her secret desires.

This is a beautifully-written and well-researched work full of fascinating detail about life in 17th century England. In fact, if you want to learn history without trying, this is the way to do it.
But you should read it for other reasons too. Mr Vicary knows how to write a good tale. His characters are utterly believable and the plot is exciting, drawing the reader in to an alternative world. This is what I believe fiction should do, and if it teaches you something about a very interesting period of history, then that is a bonus.

I recommend this book without reservation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Elizabeth Williams on 22 Sep 2012
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1685. Six long weeks of hell on earth. The Duke of Monmouth, Charles II's illegitimate son, lands in England from his voluntary exile in Holland in an attempt to claim the throne of England from James II, his uncle.

His father, Charles II, adamantly refused to name his son as heir, declaring only legitimate heir could inherit, of which he had none with Queen Catherine of Braganza. A lusty man, to put it mildly, Charles was the father of several children which he acknowledged, but never legitimized.

The Duke of Monmouth felt he had irrefutable proof he was legitimate. Rumors circulated Charles II married a Lucy Walters prior to his marriage to Catherine. The Duke of Monmouth was the offspring of that relationship. Monmouth claimed he possessed written evidence of the marriage between his mother and father.

James II, younger brother of Charles II, is an avowed Catholic, a denomination that does not sit well with the common people. Puritanism is alive and well, albeit in secret. The people attend an Anglican church as decreed by James II on Sundays but, in their minds, there is little difference between the Anglican and Catholic churches. The Puritans hold secret meetings (conventicles), always with a lookout for betrayal.

Adam Carter, a cloth merchant in the village of Colyton, is Puritan. He has a great fear he is not one of the chosen Elect predestined to enter Heaven. He is positive he is bound for Hell. No amount of good works on his behalf will ever redeem him. His fate is sealed. A disastrous event occurred much earlier in his life. He suffers mental anguish over the consequences to this day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on 26 July 2012
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This is a very interesting fictional account which takes place during 1685; a period leading up to The Monmouth Rebellion, also known as The Revolt of The West.

King Charles II dies leaving no heir to the throne so his catholic brother James II succeeds him. He is not a popular choice with the English Protestants and there is much unrest as rebels against the King gather support for an uprising under the leadership of King Charles' illegitimate son; The Duke of Monmouth who returns to English shores from Holland armed with a battle plan.

The story follows the villagers of Colyton who join forces and go off to join the Duke's rebel army. Ann Carter is the village heroine who is betrothed to her childhood friend Tom Goodchild (village shoemaker) whilst secretly in love with Robert Pole (senior officer in the King's army who is keen to persuade her to be his kept mistress). Ann struggles with her heart and her faith; her loyalty to her family and her desire to break free and experience life outside the confines of the village.

As the battle gets underway, she becomes caught up in the danger whilst on a mission to fulfill a request from her father. Each person struggles with conflicts both on and off the battlefield as they come to grips with their own secrets, fears and question their faith. As the fighting increases and the story unfolds, the villagers find themselves in a tangled web where life or death decisions must be made.

This book, although a little slow to begin with, launches right into the action and really had me visualizing the battle sequences as I was reading. It also has something for everyone (romance, action, history, drama) and pushes at the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal.

Andria Saxelby for The Kindle Book Review
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