- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press (3 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593050665
- ISBN-13: 978-0593050668
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.2 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
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Treason's River Hardcover – 3 Apr 2006
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August, 1806. When you have just offended the most powerful men in England, you can stand firm, or you can run. Which is why Martin Jerrold finds himself sailing away as fast as the wind can carry him, in the employ of the Secret Office.
There are rumours of a conspiracy in America and Jerrolds mission is simple: infiltrate the conspirators and stop them at all costs. His journey will take him across pirate-infested seas, through the American wilderness and down the mighty Mississippi river. Enemies are ranged against him agents of Spain and America are trying to kill him, and the plotters are growing suspicious of his intentions. Then there is the lovely Miss Lyell, who seems to have her own plans for Lieutenant Jerrold.
His instructions ring in his ears: find out what the conspirators intend and stop it. But as each bumbling step takes Jerrold further into danger, he slowly realizes that his very presence within the conspiracy could be the spark that ignites a disastrous war between England and America.
The stakes are high the entire future of Britains war against Napoleon rests in his not-so-capable hands. One wrong move and the consequences would be catastrophic, even by Jerrolds own lamentable standards.
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This is a fun book and I enjoyed reading it, but I found it ultimately unsatisfying. The main problem I have is that Jerrold doesn't actually do very much in the book. For the most part he is bundled onto a ship, or a carriage, or a raft, or another ship, and he is just along for the ride. By hewing so close to history, the author gives the non-historical Jerrold little to do. He has a few actions like saving his ship early and late in the book but for the most part is simply observing the shenanigans around him.
And I can't quite forgive the lack of a role for Isobel, who appeared in the first two books.
I'll read the fourth if there is another in the series. But I hope Jerrold rouses himself and puts more a stamp on the activities around him.
This time out things are a bit more serious even though the task seems simple enough... Jerrold is to carry a letter-packet to the New World. After his last adventures, he's managed to annoy a number of powerful politicians and Royals and military folk, so getting out of the country for a spell is a good idea. Mr. Nevell of the Post Office has had the original messenger waylaid and the letter taken. They cannot open the letter since it's cleverly sealed, but Nevell says there's a possible conspiracy in the works and Jerrold just needs to deliver the letter and see if he can foil the plot.
Jerrold find himself in sea battles against a Spanish ships, dealing with a beautiful but deadly young lady and her rich and powerful father, having agents out to steal the letter--or kill him-- along the way to Pittsburgh, and involved in a conspiracy that leads him into the wilderness and down the Mississippi, led by the charismatic Aaron Burr...
This time out, Jerrold seems a bit more resigned to the adventures that keep him occupied, whether he wants them or not. He also seems to be growing a bit through the experience, also whether he wants to or not. Yet he's still very human, which is what I like about him.
I sincerely hope the author manages to sell more books in this exciting and amusing series.