Rogues & Rebels Paperback – 26 Jun 2008
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'Rogues and Rebels will keep you up into the early hours wanting to find out what happens next. From the fresh air of Exmoor to the stink that is 17th Century London, Jo Field has created an English Civil War page-turner and a hero to die for!' --Historical novelist, Helen Hollick
About the Author
JO FIELD was born and raised in North Devon, where she now lives. She has worked as a dairy farmer, an Open University consultant, and as a proofreader and copy editor for distance-learning course materials. She has lived in London, and was for a time seconded to Islamabad. Jo returned to Devon in 2000, since which time she has been working as a writer and freelance copy-editor, primarily on works of fiction. 'Rogues & Rebels' is her first novel.
Top Customer Reviews
I bought this book on the day of its release and have just finished reading the first of what I hope will be a fine trilogy. I have no hesitation recommending this novel as a great "bedside / holiday read"!
This is an admirable novel, one I have thoroughly enjoyed. Although a very readable work of fiction the language used somehow remains contemporary to the period. The story itself, after the inevitable tediousness of introducing characters and plot, remains interesting throughout and in parts is an unexpectedly emotional experience. Jo creates in the reader an empathy with her characters and the situations in which they find themselves that leads them enjoyably, through a complex storyline. I hope the baddy gets it! ;-)
What a cracker! From page one I was hooked. Although the characters were immediately engaging, each developed steadily, revealing more about their personalities as the book progressed. Exciting from page to page, and a cracking good story, historically well researched and accurate. Jo Field transmitted very well the feel of the conflict that existed during the English Civil war, where families fought amongst themselves, loyalties were divided and the world turned upside down.
A good mixture of intrigue, romance and gore.
It was one of those books that you can't put down, but then read the last chapter very slowly because you don't want it to end!
It left us with a cliffhanger (as all good pot-boilers should) and lots to ponder on and anticipate. I can't wait for the next installment.
The charactors and environments come alive with Jo's descriptive narative and made me feel as if I know the people and felt their trials and tribulations of their lives. The book had me laughing and crying.
I can't wait for the next book!
Alexander has always believed himself to be the bastard son of his guardian, Viscount Robert Westley. When he discovers that he is not Robert's son and Robert refuses to tell him the truth of his parentage it causes a bitter rift between the two. The rift is deepened by the loss of Robert's actual son, who is killed when thrown from Alexander's horse. Robert can't help but blame Alexander, who blames himself just as much. Their division is heartbreaking for Robert's sister Ellen who loves both men fiercely and can't bear to see them at odds.
Plots and intrigues hatched and carried out, skirmishes and battles, heroes and heroines who use all of their brains and courage in defense of themselves and their loved ones, cunning and sneaky villains, even a mystery satisfactorily sleuthed and solved. Jo Field brings all these and more together in this wonderful historical novel that brings alive the English past and a host of interesting and well developed characters.Read more ›
BOOK 1 OF THE TAWFORD CHRONICLES: A STORY OF INTRIGUE, PASSION AND BETRAYAL IN THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR. Devon, September, 1642: Charles I has raised his standard and declared war on Parliament. The South West is in danger of being lost to his cause. It is imperative that the King's men continue to fight on. On the Somerset marshes, Roundhead soldiers capture a vagrant carrying vital information, but he is not what he seems. He is ALEXANDER DYNAM of TAWFORD. Deadly with a blade, a master of disguise and a Royalist spy. Widely and wrongly believed to be the bastard son of his guardian, Viscount Westley, he has to cope with learning the truth of his parentage and accepting that he cannot reveal his feelings of love for Ellen, the woman everyone thinks is his aunt. As the country spirals into bloody civil war Tawford buries his frustration in acts of reckless courage and debauchery and faces dangers that go beyond the Royalists' struggle for supremacy in the South West. Somebody wants him dead, but who? And why? What is the secret of his identity and does it hold the key? Seeking help from Cobb, leader of a band of outlawed Exmoor gypsies, and the lovely Arabella, an accomplished actress and spy, Tawford is drawn inexorably into a tangled web of intrigue, murder and deceit that carries him and his faithful band of followers from Exmoor to London, to Cornwall in service of the King.
There were a lot of characters, and I just could not remember who was who and who was fighting for which side. It was a descriptive book which made me laugh in places, but the story took a while to get going and sometimes it was too descriptive and graphic, leaving violent images in my mind. This book was a let down I'm afraid.