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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 17th Century Satanic Horror, 9 April 2014
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This review is from: Gideon's Angel (Kindle Edition)
Highly readable story which resurrects historical characters (Oliver Cromwell, John Thurloe, Elias Ashmole, Cardinal Mazarin) and places them in a Satanic plot to kill Cromwell. It put me in mind of 70s British horror films such as Blood on Satan's Claw, but without the 'cheesy' camp that implies. It's actually properly chilling in places, with some great - and creepy - descriptions of monstrous beasts. An excellent confrontation scene at the end brings forth Hellish powers into the Whitehall Palace of Cromwell's rule. Think Harrison Ainsworth mixed with Raiders of the Lost Ark. It's told in the 1st person, so it's the voice of Sir Richard Treadwell, a Royalist who finds himself needing to defend Cromwell's life, that we hear. It's delicately done, and well judged to my mind, a suggestion of the 17th century manner of speaking. This could have become turgid and obscure, but instead it's witty, and often laugh-out-loud funny (deliberately so). The character of Billy Chard, especially, is delightful, and he swears to great effect. A very easy read, and makes me wonder why some writers do so well with books far less enjoyable, with plots far less convincing (devils taken into account there), and with narratives far more bogged down in historical detail. Excellent stuff!
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