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The Chosen Man by [Harlond, J. G.]
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A compelling adventure with humour and serious implications, filled with believable and complex characters. A Vatican plot to manipulate the political landscape of Europe . . . A story with lessons for the modern world. -- Ann Swinfen, author of the Christoval Alvarez Series, Flood and This Rough Ocean.

The mark of a good book is the sense of loss you feel when you reach the end. I finished The Chosen Man yesterday and I'm still thinking about the characters today! I hope the author does a sequel. The characters are believable, and the plots wound together faultlessly. I was fascinated to learn more about Tulip Mania and the descriptions of the house and staff at Crimphele in Cornwall were perfect. This book would make a very good film. A first class read. -- Ricky Leach, journalist and reporter for SUR in English, Spain.

Fun and full of energy, black comedy abounds. The slow-burning romance between Ludo the loveable rogue, and Alina, the feisty Spanish girl stranded in a foreign country, adds to the enjoyment. An entertaining read. -- Jean Gill author of Song at Dawn series, winner of the Global ebooks award for best Historical Fiction.

The Chosen Man is an ambitious book which takes 17th century characters - from four different European countries - and successfully weaves their lives into a tapestry of political and religious intrigue and drama. (It) has everything: shipwrecks; kidnap; piracy and romance - all set against the well-researched background of the first economic bubble in history. -- Karen Charlton best-selling author of the Detective Lavender series.

About the Author

J. G. Harlond (Jane) grew up in the South West of England and studied in Britain and the USA, obtaining BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies and an MA in Social and Political Thought, she also has teaching qualifications and worked as an English teacher for many years in European international schools. Jane now lives in southern Spain, where she writes school text book material and historical fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4416 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Penmore Press LLC (29 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0130WO43S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Harlond delivers on all fronts with The Chosen Man, a compelling blend of historical fiction and thriller set around the time of the 1635 tulip mania scandal.

At the heart of the story is a lively duo formed by the appealing reprobate, Ludovico da Portovenere and the ever-glamorous Spanish heroine, Alina, a woman we breathlessly follow from one astonishing adventure to the next. Harlond is one of those authors who has a gift for drawing her readers in with exceptional storytelling and witty dialogue. It’s hard not to care for her characters, especially when Ludo negotiates a deal that latterly separates him from Alina and places her in proximity to a dangerous predator by the name of McNab. But in all of this, Alina must make a choice. A sickly aristocrat, a Spaniard or an Italian pirate? An interesting three-point dilemma.

Rich and exquisite, meticulously researched, and powerfully evocative, The Chosen Man is a sumptuous read that will keep you guessing until the end. I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.
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Format: Hardcover
The Chosen Man is an excellent read, full of well-rounded and likeable characters. I enjoyed learning about a fascinating period in history, when tulip mania swept through Holland. The hero's involvement in this phenomena shows that the manipulation of markets is nothing new to Europe. The book is full of intrigue and romance and its fast pace keeps you reading until the very last page. JG Harland is an articulate and fluent writer who can tell a good story.
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'The Chosen Man' is an ambitious book which takes 17th century characters - from four different European countries - and successfully weaves their lives into a tapestry of political and religious intrigue and drama. 'The Chosen Man' has everything: shipwrecks; kidnap; piracy and romance - all set against the well-researched background of the first Stock Market crash in history. Once the characters had stopped travelling and settled down into their allotted roles, I loved it. Harlond brilliantly evokes both the buzzing commercial excitement and culture of the Dutch capital - and the gentle beauty and slow rhythm of a remote Cornish baronial estate. Yet menace lurks beneath the surface even in this rural idyll. I cared deeply about all the characters and the sinister undertones of both locations were well-sustained, ensuring I came back to the book quickly to check they all survived.

Harlond is also ambitious in the theme of romance. Never mind a love-triangle, this was a love quartet. Alina's dilemma kept us on our toes right until the last page. Which one of those three distinctive male characters will the independent Alina choose? Her gentle, aristocratic, yet sickly husband? Marco, the attractive, self-made fellow Spaniard who has always loved her? Or Ludo? Ludo the Italian pirate; Ludo the con man. The bad-boy who lives by his wits, manipulates the Dutch and turns the European balance of power on its head, while side-stepping assassination attempts like we would dodge traffic.

A satisfying ending which demands a sequel.
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Format: Hardcover
J G Harlond's page turner follows the fortunes of rakish Italian hero, Ludo and feisty Spanish heroine, Alina. He is secretly involved with the Vatican - the cynical architects of the great financial crash of the 17th century, while she must accustom herself to life in a sleepy Cornish village. As Europe gets more and more enamoured with tulip bulbs, credit, and `paper trades' boom and the parallel with today's financial crisis is extraordinary. Have we learnt nothing from history! The author's attention to detail gives us a fascinating window into 17th century life. A nicely crafted, ripping yarn.
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Format: Hardcover
Here is a book I shall revisit often. Rich in adventure, intrigue and romance the story informs, thrills and engages the imagination.

The protagonists are far from regurgitated stock figures - the names alone catch the ear - I found myself intoning some passages aloud in order to savour the musicality of Ludovico da Portovenere, Marcus Alenso Almendro, Maria de los Angeles, Elsa vander Woude - to say nothing of the staccato McNab and Crookback Aggie.

As always J.G. Harlond draws the reader in with her atmospheric stagings, whether we are in the house of a shrewd Dutch widow, a West Country manor house, a cramped cabin during a stormy night at sea, a bizarre battle on a Cornish beach or a tense interview in the Vatican.

Next Autumn, when I plant out my bulbs, I shall pay special attention to the tulips, layer upon layer of dramatic and fascinating history.
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