Another Small Kingdom: Agents of Independence Series - Agents of Independence 1 (Paperback)James Green (author)
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Boston, 1802, Lawyer Macleod is a man full of hate, a dangerous man. When a newly arrived young lawyer is mad enough to insult him, the consequences spin out of control and Macleod is caught up in a web of danger and intrigue.
With England at war with France, some powerful Americans feel that theUSA's best chance of remaining independent is to throw in their lot withFrance- even if it means accepting a French king - for a while.
To counter their plot, Macleod is sent toNew Orleans, where he meets Marie, wife of Etienne de Valois, aristocrat and fop, and through her learns a terrible secret.
Together, unable to trust anyone, they race to uncover the traitors at the heart of the American Government.
James Green uses fictional characters to illuminate the real events that lead to the birth of the American Intelligence Services and culminated in the extraordinary Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the USA - at the cost of 3 cents an acre.
Packed with action and fascinating historical detail, Another Small Kingdom will appeal both to those interested in the history of the USA and to aficionados of intelligent spy thrillers
Publisher: Accent Press Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 299 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
Boston, 1802. Lawyer Macleod is a man full of hate, a dangerous man who finds himself caught up in a web of intrigue. But that is the least of it, and just the starting point of Another Small Kingdom, which is the first of five books about the history and development of the American Secret Services. The characters are excellently drawn and the writing wonderful, but I have to admit that I didn't have a clue what was going on half the time - fitting, perhaps, for a novel about government, rulers, fights over territories between countries, spies, agents and the man who would be king. Very clever plots and counterplots kept me on my toes, and it was an enjoyable read. I will certainly look forward to the next in the series, as this novel evoked a sense of time and place beautifully, and of the little man being in the wrong place at the wrong time and pulled against his will into a much bigger picture. Marvellous. * Historical Novel Society *
A complex and fascinating plot that sticks fairly closely to fact and perhaps presages things to come, as the organisation that is eventually to become the CIA is not without its internal problems and even in its infancy exhibits a disturbing tendency towards 'collateral damage' as bodies pile up. Green triumphs with his ability to blend facts with his story to make rivetting reading. One or two of his characters may be a bit stereotyped - the bumbling British aristocrat spy, the nasty Italian nobleman who would cut his mother's throat for money - but most are cleverly drawn and quite believable, even when their motives are at their most hidden. The dialogue sparkles, accurately reflecting the book's period setting, with even quite minor characters being allowed to develop their own reality. The growing relationship between McLeod and Marie is handled both sympathetically and with a touch of humour. This outstanding historical debut and based on this, the remainder of the story should be well worth following. http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/review.html?id=9453 -- John Cleal * www.reviewingtheevidence.com *
It's 1802 and veteran of the American War of Independence, Macleod, finds himself embroiled in an extraordinary plot that could see the end of American independence, as traitors at the heart of the new nation consider a French puppet king a viable option against England. Sent to New Orleans, he meets Marie, wife of a French aristocrat through whom he learns a terrible secret that sees them both thrown into increasing danger and a race against time. First in a series of novels that plan to chart the development of the American Secret Services, this looks at its origins, using fictional characters, which didn't quite work for me. I enjoyed the historical settings and the fact that this is a period of American history rarely covered in fiction, but I found I really didn't like the character Macleod and I found some of the other characters less than convincing and this coloured much of the book for me. That said there are plots and schemes to keep any thriller lover happy and I know other readers have enjoyed it. New Books Magazine -- Cathy Petersen - Derbyshire * New Books Magazine *