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I have all of Mr. Donald's books and when I saw this recent release I knew it would be top notch.
Knowing the history of Captain Blood I found this book very entertaining and can't wait for the rest of the series. Jack Churchill is a amazing figure in history and his character along with Holcroft Blood is going to be very entertaining indeed!
All the characters are written and preformed well though my current favorite character so far is Captain Blood. From all historical accounts he really was that audacious of a man.
The naration by Mr. Lynch is well done. He always provides a great performance.
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Thomas Blood is undoubtedly one history's greatest rogues. In many ways he's not the most likeable character but certainly his story is truly remarkable. Angus Donald takes on a story which seems ridiculous in some ways but surprising amounts of it are indeed matters of historical record.
For me the real cleverness of this book is that the lead is actually Holcroft Blood who is one of his sons. He is a cracking character and very well written living as he does somewhere within the autistic spectrum. His language and number skills propel him very rapidly into both career progression and then trouble. I much prefer this approach to the obvious one of making his father into a "lovable" rogue.
The centre piece of the adventure is of course that audacious robbery but the book offers far more intrigue and background than just that. The machinations of the ridiculous King Charles II and his various Lords and their retainers gave the story real depth and considerable character.
Damian Lynch is a quality narrator and his matter of fact delivery style suits Holcroft very naturally. He also manages to inject some colour with the brash elder Blood as well as the book's popinjays and dandies. As there were few chapter headings some scene transitions do occur so seamlessly they can be confusing unless you are concentrating. A second or two's silence might not have gone amiss.
Still though this is an extremely enjoyable piece of historical fiction and a promising start to what is apparently going to be a new series with the second book coming out this time next year. It's very different to this author's previous works but just as good.
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Would you listen to Blood's Game again? Why?
I have just finished listening to Blood's Game and thoroughly enjoyed it so much that I am going back to listen for a second time. I often listen to books whilst i am doing stuff and sometimes can miss things so apart from wanting to enjoy the book a second time round, I also want to go back and make sure i got everything.
I loved the narration, his accents were superb. I loved the use of language, and Mr Lynch's portrayal of the language in a 17thc setting was above excellent.
Mr Donald's research appears to have been impeccable and his characters well written, well drawn and likeable. The plot was stimulating and though I was unsure at first, I found myself following the story with interest, smiling, and chuckling to myself at parts as i travelled to work on the bus.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I think it would definitely have to be Holcroft. He reminds me of a character in my own book, whom I am very fond of. I think Donald's portrayal of this character using the traits of a boy with autism was genius. From what was known of Holcroft, Mr Donald has perfected a character with this condition and adapted it very well, given that in those days, they would not have known what the condition was. As the author says, back then, someone with Aspergers would have been considered different and odd at best, and stupid at worse, and i loved to learn in the author's note at the end, that Holcroft was known as a mathematical genius.
I also liked Jack Churchill too, and Barbara Villiers has some brilliant moments, especially when she slaps Nell Gwynn, and I also liked Aphra Benn, a very interesting character
Have you listened to any of Damian Lynch’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No, I haven't, but I believe that this is the best narration I have yet to hear.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
There's only one Game worth winning - Blood's Game.
Any additional comments?
Great writing, use of language, interesting plot, the right amount of humour , brilliant characters, can't wait to read/listen the next one.