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Publisher's Summary

The fourth book in the highly acclaimed Alexander Seaton series. 1635: Europe is in the grip of the brutal territorial and religious struggle of the Thirty Years' War. Fear stalks the town of Aberdeen as a ship recruiting for the wars lies at anchor in the river mouth. A sinister figure watches from the shadows as apprehension grows and culminates in the disappearance of the son of a Highland chief - a student of Alexander Seaton.
When the frozen body of a young woman is found in the garden of a prominent citizen, Alexander becomes more deeply embroiled. The figure in the shadows has come for him; he can hide from his past no longer.
Shona MacLean has a PhD in history from Aberdeen University, specialising in 16th and 17th-century Scottish history. She lives in Banff, Scotland, with her husband and four children.
©2013 S. G MacLean (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"MacLean has the first-rate historical novelist's gift... [she] communicates her passion for the period without downplaying its brutishness." (Daily Telegraph)
"As always, the research is brilliant and evocative and the book intelligent, enthralling and beautifully written" (Crime Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Bibliophile on 07-23-13

Excellent finale

MacLean has really hit her stride with this Alexander Seaton book, beautifully narrated. I stayed up all night to finish it, and didn't drop off once!
A very grim introduction to the Thirty Years' War, in which many Scots fought on both Protestant and Catholic sides.
Alexander, although preparing to leave the University to finally take up a position as a Minister, becomes involved when troops on a ship recruiting men for the Wars, start chatting up some of the students.
There is also the recurring theme of Protestant righteous bigotry and a bit of witchcraft -probably caused by all the repression! It is fascinating because MacLean doesn't have a protagonist who is exempt from such values. He has shown his attitudes to Catholics, and his avveptance of the Kirk's right to sit in judgement, in other books, but also his humanity in that he wouldn't damn Sarah for fornication when she was put in a situation where she could not resist her master. He marries her and accepts and loves her bastard as his eldest child.
In this book we again have a bit of historical detective fiction as he tries to find a missing Highlander, one of his students. Many of the strands from her other books are tied up in this one, to a very unexpected end.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Learning is fun! on 08-30-13

Difficult to switch off!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Devil's Recruit to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version but I love listening to the audio versions of Shona MacLean's books.

What did you like best about this story?

The story line was good and I love the way the characters develop through the book. I could have wished for a different ending but I could see that the author was opening the way for a new chapter in Alexander Seaton's life.

Have you listened to any of David Monteath’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one; he is able to bring characters and period to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but I didn't have time! Still went to bed too late though.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended but listen to the books that go before first.

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