The first installment of a page-turning trilogy set against the backdrop of the English Civil War.
September 1625: Plague-cart driver Matthew Neave is sent to pick up the corpse of a baby. Yet on the way to the plague pit, he hears a cry - the baby is alive. A plague child himself and now immune to the disease, Matthew decides to raise it as his own.
Fifteen years on, Matthew's son, Tom, is apprenticed to a printer in the city. Somebody is interested in him and is keen to turn him into a gentleman. He is even given an education. But Tom is unaware that he has a benefactor, and soon he discovers that someone else is determined to kill him.
The civil war divides families, yet Tom is divided in himself. Devil or saint? Royalist or radicalist? He is at the bottom of the social ladder yet soon finds himself within reach of a great estate - one he must give up to be with the girl he loves.
Set against the fervent political climate of the period, Plague Child is a remarkable story of discovery, identity, and an England of the past.
©2015 Peter Ransley (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
An avid Audible listener for the past two years, it fits in superbly with my busy lifestyle. Love crime and historical novels most.
A new series with interesting characters but a complicated plot. Rattled along at a good speed though and kept me interested. I will try the next book in the series.
This is the first audible book that I've submitted a review for.
Though, I do prefer tomes in book form, this was an enjoyable listen.
With audiobooks, I find that the narrator is as important as the author.
Plague Child, has a good plot (if a wee bit common one) and well narrated.
When reading or listening to historical novels, I use google to check up on the non fictional characters. Especially ones I'm not too familiar with.
In this case, Pym and Lady Carlisle. Who were in fact lovers.
I like it when there are paintings also availabe, gives me a feel for the time and the person in the book.
I look forward to reading the next two in the series
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