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The Bastille Spy: 1 Hardcover – 3 September 2019
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A rip-roaring adventure with an exciting new heroine at its heart. ― Tessa Harris, author of the Dr Thomas Silkstone Mysteries
A sparkling extravaganza of a read - fast-paced, exciting and utterly gripping from explosive start to satisfying ending. Lively, intriguing [and] wonderful... I can't wait for the next one. ― Joanna Courtney, author of the Queens of Conquest series
Delicious, brilliant and totally absorbing. This pacy, atmospheric thriller... is absolutely unputdownable with its sharp, witty writing and spot on period description. ― Carol McGrath, auhtor of The Daughters of Hastings series
The Bastille Spy is incredible! It's the best action adventure novel I've ever read... I can't wait for the next instalment. A fantastic achievement that has blown me away with its ingenuity, scope and breathless pace. ― Louise Voss, author of the Detective Lennon Thriller Series
A galloping ventre à terre from start to finish. Attica Morgan is rebellious, resourceful, and perfectly willing to show that whatever an eighteenth century man can do, she can do better, and with flair. ― Sarah Hawkswood, author of the Bradecote and Catchpoll series
The Bastille Spy is a rollicking read - a cross between Lara Croft and Pirates of the Caribbean, all transported to revolutionary era France. ― David Penny, author of the Thomas Berrington series
This is really captivating, vivid writing. Descriptions that come straight off the pages and permeate deep into your senses, and a truly electrifying pace. Quinn is a brilliant new talent! ― Peter James, author of Dead at First Sight, on C.S. Quinn
Sharp, atmospheric and sumptuous. ― Simon Toyne, author of Sanctus, on C.S. Quinn
About the Author
- Publisher : Corvus; Main edition (3 September 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1786498421
- ISBN-13 : 978-1786498427
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 3 x 23.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 961,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am in no way a 'Grammar Nazi' but early on in the book it's mentioned that a character is given a 'wide birth' rather than a 'wide berth'.
The first means nothing - the second is the correct meaning. The reason I mention it, is that it jolted me out of the story.
I feel that the book tried to do everything - be an historical novel, an action thriller and a love story, of sorts. But it just was too contrived and far-fetched for my taste.
The heroine, Attica Morgan, was at every event regarding the storming of the Bastille and interacts with many of the main actors - Robespierre, Danton, Foulon and Madame Roland. It felt as though it was almost a checklist of famous revolutionary figures to be given a shout out.
It's a shame, as there was an interesting story to be told - it's a fascinating period of history. I felt that the plotting and editing were haphazard. As I said before, it was trying to accomplish too much. Attica was all over Paris with apparently little difficulty, despite the whole city being febrile and on 14th July, virtually at a standstill because of the violence and upheaval.
I didn't like the 'Errol Flynn school of swashbuckling' aspect as it has all been done so much before and so much better on film. The potential romance (I won't spoil it by revealing too much) didn't feel truthful and convincing.
To add a little balance in the author's favour - I thought the scenes where we see her getting into war-torn Paris were exciting.
It gives me no pleasure to write a review that doesn't praise the author, but I felt so let down as I was looking forward to reading it.
Beautifully written and well-paced, as I have come to expect from CS Quinn. I hope she will come back to these characters in future.
I sincerely hope this becomes a series.
Wonderful escapism with a stunning historical context. Can’t wait for the next one!
The quality of the writing does not begin to compare to that of Sansom. This book is a series of cliches and tropes. The descriptions are shallow , simplistic and don't engage the reader. The lead character has no depth and I certainly didn't relate to her. For me the book reads as if it has been written with a tick-list of all the well known characters and events from the period and the heroine is then manipulated to ensure she sees and meets all of them. It was just not believable although the history is covered.
This is one book I'll never finish. Life is too short and the world has too many good books to waste valuable reading time on this.
I devoured it, and just can’t wait for the next one. Brilliant, highly recommended.