The Barrister and the Letter of Marque

The Barrister and the Letter of Marque Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 11 hours and 44 minutes
Author Todd M. Johnson
Narrator Samuel Roukin
Whispersync for Voice Ready Release Date 03 August 2021
Publisher Recorded Books
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank 205,793 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
705 in Christian Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
1,332 in Legal Thrillers (Books)
2,119 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Something's the matter here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story
Reviewed in the United States on 28 September 2021
The setting for the story is 1818 in London. William Snopes is the son of Lord Snopes but gave up his wealthy upbringing twenty years ago. He is estranged from his father and supports himself as a barrister. He has avoided taking cases involving the aristocracy his entire career until he meets Lady Madeine Jameson. He agrees to hear her out but secretly has already decided he will not take her case because she is of the aristocracy. After hearing her case and consulting his subordinates, he decides to decline her case but wants to do so in person. He arrives at her estate and it is not at all what he expected. He sees the condition of the estate and knows Lady Jameson has told him the truth and is in dire straits. He changes his mind and agrees to take her case, never realizing exactly the powers that he is up against.
Lady Madeleine Jameson is desperate for Mr. Snopes to take her case. She has invested all her money, as well as quite a bit borrowed from a smuggler and a crooked lawyer, in the purchase of a ship. The ship is captained by her cousin. The ship has sailed with a Letter of Marque signed by King George, which allows the ship to seize foreign goods from other ships that are carrying smuggles goods. The captain seizes such a ship, arrives back in London after a year at sea only to be arrested for piracy immediately upon docking. As the captain arrives in his cabin to produce his Letter of Marque, which assures the legality of his actions, the letter is nowhere to be found. The ship and cargo are held by the crown, so the cargo can’t be sold. Piracy is a crime that carries the sentence of transportation to a prison colony or hanging. Lady Jameson will lose her worn down estate and could herself be arrested as she is part owner of the ship. What unravels as William and his aides investigate is challenge after challenge seeking answers and justice and a deadly plot involving those at the highest level of power.
I enjoyed the plot of the story very much, though it was a bit slow in some parts. This is one of my favorite time periods to read about, so I also enjoyed that aspect. The aspect of class differences as far as how justice was meted out and how life was lived were accurate I thought. There was no personal relationship with God in the story, so I’m not really sure why this is marketed as a Christian book and published by a Christian publisher. There were also some historical errors but that didn’t detract from the entertainment value for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History, mystery and the triumph of justice.... TJ's Best?
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