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The Shadow of William Quest (A William Quest Victorian Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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One or two nice little historical references make the story more interesting, I particularly liked a completely isolated reference to 'Mr Fox's new steel ribbed umbrellas' - Samuel Fox being a South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.
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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