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VINE VOICEon 18 October 2005
In this, the fourth installment of the Rodger Brook series, we are thrown full pelt into the climax of the revolution, where his mission to rescue the dauphin takes us from the overthrow of the Royal Famility in August 1792, through the executions of the king and queen, the rise and fall of Marat, Danton and Herbert, the wars with Austria and France, the Great Terror, to the eventual overthrow of Robespierre himself.
The attention to detail is absolute, the facts are 100% accurate, and the tension gripping. Often rare in a Wheatley novel, we actually get a hugely emotional ride, as well as the usual all out action. the twists and turns are magnificent, and fit in well with the blood and gore of the subject matter (it is not only the guillotine that bodes so ominously over our hero and his allies, but a host of other fiendish methods of killing). This magnificent novel really hits home the realities of the revolution, and gives us a greatinsight into the charcters - both good and bad - on both sides. The ending (which the title hints at) is one of the greatest ever.
This is essential reading - buy it!
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on 10 July 2013
I bought this to complete my set of Wheatley historical novels chronicling the activities of the fictional Roger Brook through the events of the late 18th century and early 19th century. A very palatable way of familiarising oneself with the events of those turbulent times. Highly recommended for the high quality of authorship and the detailed historical perspective. There is not a trace of the occult genre in these books, they are entirely straightforward.
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on 9 January 2016
Really outstanding book, loved it as it combines a fascinating story of adventure and espionage with a really close inside look at the reign of terror. The best way to learn about history undoubtedly, as the author has described in great detail the key personalities and politics of the day. I'd say this is definitely one of the best of the Roger Brook stories.
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on 18 June 2014
Dennis Wheatley had combined a super knowledge of historical fact from which to compile a compelling masterpiece of fiction. The Roger Brook stories are a thrilling read from start to finish.
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on 29 May 2014
A Roger Brook story set in France during the Revolution, a great way to understand the history of that era, with an exciting story line.
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on 7 August 2015
Great series!
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