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The Shadow of William Quest (A William Quest Victorian Thriller Book 1) by [Bainbridge, John]
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The Shadow of William Quest (A William Quest Victorian Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in A William Quest Victorian Thriller (2 Book Series)

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About the Author

John Bainbridge is the author of over thirty books and numerous articles for newspapers and magazines. He read literature and nineteenth century social history at the University of East Anglia and specialises in the history of the Victorian underworld. See also the detective novel "A Seaside Mourning".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1480 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JEA3E64
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,400 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An enjoyable story of crime and vengeance set in 1853.
William Quest is on a journey of retribution pursued by Inspector Anders of The Yard.
A well used storyline perhaps, but with an original theme and very well written.
One or two nice little historical references make the story more interesting, I particularly liked a completely isolated reference to 'Mr Fox's new steel ribbed umbrellas' - Samuel Fox being a South Yorkshire industrialist who produced the said umbrella from 1851, and whose business grew into a huge steelworks. Nice touch that.
Well recommended.
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I found these books by accident but what a lucky one. This is a story rich with the depth of the main characters, the supporting characters and the plot. Quest is an avenger - to say Batman minus the mask and costume but with flintlocks would almost be an insult to the author - this is in no way a 'comic style plot' but I got the same excitement from these books as I did as a child. The London settings are well described and the tension between the wealth and poverty is at the heart of the story. Also there is tension between Quest who believes only violent action will offer justice and the police officers hunting him who recognise his cause but believe only the law stands in the way of a far worse anarchy. This could so easily have been a simple adventure with an enigmatic hero, the stereotyped girlfriend and his noble band of followers - instead we get a rich picture of London at this period and complex and all too human characters who are using every skill they have to try to make a difference. I immediately read the sequel (which is also excellent) and eagerly await the third.
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Once again John Bainbridge took me on an emotional roller coaster which had me gasping in surprise and holding my breath in nervous anticipation. His manipulation of the reader’s emotions and assumptions are first rate without being arrogant or clichéd. An excellent example is a scene in which a maid is secretly enjoying the books which belong to her Master’s library. Enthralled by the tome she’s currently reading she decides to finish the last few chapters even though she knows she’s not meant to be reading the book at all. I, as the reader, felt nervous on her behalf but also felt her happiness when she finished reading. As she looked up and into the smiling face of her Master I couldn’t help but feel like I had been caught with my nose in the forbidden book, too – such is the mastery of Bainbridge’s writing.

The Shadow of William Quest does have the pursuit of personal revenge as one of its many plot points but it’s certainly not the sole focus. There are unmistakable parallels with the mythology of Robin Hood but, again, this is not its sole focus. There are also echoes of the Scarlet Pimpernel in the form of Quest’s secret group but, overall, the book is a highly enjoyable tale with many an unexpected surprise along the way. The plot twists and turns with natural fluidity while remaining realistic. The characters are fallible and the seedier side of the era is brought into being with vivid colour without detracting from the central yarn. William Quest is an avenger in the tradition of the Count of Monte Christo and the Scarlet Pimpernel but The Shadow of William Quest is far from a cliché of that genre. I’d highly recommend this to lovers of mystery & crime fiction in addition to those who like thrillers with action and tales set in the British Victorian Era.
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Another excellent book from this author. Not the usual type of stories I read, but I am now converted! More Abbs, Chance and Quest please....
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Atmospheric, entertaining easy read. Enjoyable old school mystery brought to life with evocative period detail. Can highly recommend this book.
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Excellent story building in excitement steeped in the atmosphere of old England.
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Gripping from the very start. I love with the main character. Deadly but yet understanding to the poor and the rich taking advantage. I can't wait to read the next one.
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A fabulous read! My first by John Bainbridge, but the characters were extremely easy to get to know. At first you're not quite sure if this is a 'good baddy' or a 'bad baddy' as there is a little bit of fun, a bit of romance(not too much), and a bit of violence which for this era is to be expected, but then when you realise of some of the injustice that has been sustained by William Quest, you can start to understand, and before long you find yourself rooting for him.
A plot that involves a spymaster, The London and Norfolk police force, the poor and the gentry, easy to read, hard to put down and a little thought provoking, l would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a light hearted thriller.
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