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The Devil's Recruit -S.G.MacLean
on 31 March 2013
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.