This review is from: Gideon's Angel (Paperback)
1653: Two plots to kill Cromwell. One to restore the King. The other to set the devil on the throne.
I didn't need to read any further, that did it for me, and the fact that Clifford Beal was sat on the opposite side of the table to sign Gideon's Angel was just a bonus. I've never read any of his work before but the plot sounded epic and then I learnt that a young musketeer named d'Artagnan featured within as well. I couldn't wait to pick this book up and read on.
Gideon's Angel is a superbly written piece of fiction set within the seventeenth century and a time when England was recovering from the bloody civil war. He paints such a vivid picture but at the same time dispenses with the long descriptive text that could have bogged the story down and lost its momentum. The characters are so alive that they almost jump from the page and I could imagine that I was there with them, living the adventure. Also the story gives a slight hint of the strained political struggle between democracy and monarchy, where Charles II and his royal court find themselves as guests in France biding their time to return to English soil.
I particular liked the part when Treadwell arrives in Devon and visits old haunts where he meets up with his steadfast companion, Billy Chard. Beal writes a good villain as well but on that I won't say anymore as I don't want to give anything away.
All in all this is an excellent tale that has it all and you won't be disappointed. Beal has been added to my list of favourite author's and I can't wait to read some more of his work. Incidentally, if he's listening, I'd love to read about a young Cromwell and his rise to power amongst the `Roundheads' that preluded the war!