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The Seeker (Damian Seeker 1) ❮Download❯ ➽ The Seeker (Damian Seeker 1) ➸ Author S.G. MacLean – London 1657 the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell No one knows where Damian Seeker originated from who his family is or even his real name Mothers frighten their children by telling them tales of The Se London the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell No one knows where Damian Seeker originated from who his family is or even his real name Mothers frighten their children by telling them tales of The Seeker All that is known of him for certain is that he is utterly loyal to Cromwell and that nothing can be long hidden from him In the new fashionable coffee houses of London a murder takes place All London is ringing with the news that John Winter is dead the lawyer Elias Ellingworth found holding a knife over the bleeding body of the dying man held in the Tower Despite the damning evidence Seeker is not convinced of Ellingworth's guilt He will stop at nothing to bring the right man to justice.

10 thoughts on “The Seeker (Damian Seeker 1)

  1. Maureen Maureen says:

    Thank you to Netgalley and uercus books for my free copy in exchange for a fair and honest reviewIf you fancy immersing yourself in 1650's England then this historical crime fiction can certainly do that It's a living breathing portrait of life during that troubled period in historySet during the reign of Cromwell it brings to the fore the man responsible for Cromwell's safety Damian Seeker known simply as 'The Seeker' He might live very much in the shadows but nothing escapes his attentionCoffee houses featured most prominently at this time They were places to exchange and debate all the latest news a place where trades and deals took place but also somewhere that those with royalist sympathies would pass on coded messages in an attempt to further their cause and bring Charles Stuart to the throne But walls have ears in the guise of informants and one has to be extremely careful who to trust for fear of inviting the wrath of 'The Seeker' upon themThe story centres around the murder of John Winter one of Cromwell's most trusted soldiers and it is Seeker's job to discover the identity of the murderer lest he should target Cromwell himself next time Whoever committed this crime did it in the heart of Whitehall where John Winter and his wife had their private apartments Lawyer Elias Ellingworth was discovered standing over John Winter's body but 'Seeker' doesn't believe that he carried out the murder It makes for a really gripping read the way Seeker sets about uestioning and eliminating suspectsI have to say that this was extremely well written with some serious research and was SO atmospheric The characters were brilliant none so than'The Seeker' Here we have a very interesting character a man who put the fear of God into everyone he came into contact with but yet there was clearly another side to him a human side that we were allowed just a glimpse of The storyline gets right to the heart of things and brings this brutal time in history right into your front room Though slightly slow at times it nevertheless managed to engage me right the way through and I can definitely recommend it

  2. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    This is an atmospheric historical thriller that brilliantly captures the repercussions of the English Civil War in the 1650s It is set in Oliver Cromwell's reign where Coffee Houses are one of the major places where news is acuired and political discussions take place MacLean is a gifted storyteller who has the ability to construct a portal through which we can enter Cromwell's London and the royalist hotbed that is Oxford The historical period is meticulously researched and the descriptions vibrantly bring alive the sights sounds and smells of London The river is the source of all wealth and the city is the centre of trade in sugar tobacco and the unsavoury slave trade Defeated royalists the irish street children and others have been offloaded as slaves for the plantations There are those who illegally grab people and children and sell them as slavesJohn Milton has made a complete volte face from being a person who sought freedom of expression to now being a censor for the regime The Generals who once preached freedom and overturning the old order are now men of property acuired as the spoils of war change no longer suits them Cromwell has all the trappings and status of a King Those who continue to advocate freedom and change like Elias are now viewed as enemies of the state The paranoia of the regime extends to seeing royalist plots and sedition everywhere This is countered with spies and intelligence networks lurking everywhere The head of security is the enigmatic Damien Seeker a loyal austere and talented truth seeker with a fearsome reputation Crowds part and people scuttle away upon sighting him Very little escapes his notice and his information networks stretch across the city and the country Vociferous leveller and lawyer Elias is discovered at the scene of the murder of the highly esteemed soldier John Winter Elias is taken to the Tower of London to await trial prior to being hanged Seeker ascertains that Elias could not be the killer thanks to Anne Winter's testimony but her word carries little weight with the regime it is widely known that she did not love her husband and she consumes opium to bear the strain that her marriage has imposed on her Ordered to desist from investigating Seeker is determined to secure the truth despite the impossible odds of preventing the death of Elias The trail takes in royalist plots troubled preachers slavery markets trade merchants assassination attempts on Cromwell and the machinations of Anne Winter Seeker discovers who killed John Winter which is the last person you would expectThis is a superbly plotted and well written story that I could not let go of until I finished The narrative is full of suspense and tension The writing is assured with a cast of characters that you come to care about Seeker is a man that you want to know about with much to him than you might expect Brilliant and stunning read which I highly recommend Thanks to uercus for an ARC via netgalley

  3. Veronica Veronica says:

    But today his long black cloak flowing behind him as he spurred his horse towards the city there could be no doubt that there was business of great import somewhere and those few who saw Seeker pass gave silent thanks that whatever it was was no concern of theirsI loved this book The second I finished it I was tempted to start right back at the beginning again but instead I settled for going online and pre ordering the second book from The Book Depository Set in November 1654 it is an excellently written book that evokes the tensions of the time when Oliver Cromwell was the Lord Protectorate and Royalists remained devoted in their efforts to see the exiled Stuarts restored to the halls of Kings Damian Seeker is the Captain of Cromwell's guard and works tirelessly towards uncovering the vast network of intelligencers that conspire to bring Cromwell down When a favored officer in Cromwell's New Model Army is found dead at his doorstep and a young lawyer on the government's watch list is holding the bloody knife over the body Seeker finds himself on the trail of something much biggerThe story is told in third person and the first chapter introduces most of the main characters In just a few paragraphs the author manages to set up each character as an intriguing presence in hisher own right ensuring that the reader will be curious to learn What follows is a deeply atmospheric tale involving conspiracies assassins friendships political intrigue and connections where they are least expected I'm not sure that the mystery of the initial murder was set up in a manner that allows for the reader to figure out the identity of the murderer on their own but I was so drawn into the lives of these different people and into seeing how and where the various points converged that it hardly mattered to me It was a gripping read for me and Seeker makes for a fascinating character existing underneath layers of old pains wrapped tightly in an almost obsessive need for order and truth I can't wait to read Reread in March 2017 Loved it just as much Also it was nice to catch some of the little mentions and hints that I missed the first time around Now on to book two

  4. Emma Emma says:

    I tried this book a couple of times and couldn’t get into it This was my final attempt and this time I went straight through Gradually I am filling the gaps in my knowledge of British history The civil war Oliver Cromwell Roundheads and Cavaliers the Protectorate and the New Model Army were pretty much hazy concepts for me The only book I remember reading of this specific period is ‘As meat loves salt’ and that was uite some time agoWe come to know Damian Seeker an enigmatic truth seeker devoted to Cromwell The mystery to solve is complex and stimulating; the everyday life of Londoners in particular at the time vividly described and the city comes to life As a Londoner myself I adore well researched and written historical fiction set in London; I could almost see the echos of the characters and players on the hidden backstreets of London and the City I have been on many guided walks of the City and much of its history is preserved very wellI am so looking forward to reading of this series and inspired to find novels set in this time Any recommendations gratefully received

  5. Ceecee Ceecee says:

    First of all thank you Paromjit for your recent review 4th in series that led me to these books Secondly I rarely read historical fiction as having studied history and taught it for some years it annoys me if the research is flawed and the interpretation fanciful That is most definitely not the case here I LOVED it The style of writing was so appropriate to the 17th century and fact and fiction were woven together seamlessly I liked how Puritan England of Cromwell’s protectorate was portrayed and it showed clearly how men of property in Parliament blocked any changes that might have led to the people being politically free which was what many fought for Self interest served Sound familiar???? I’ll say no 🤐🥴 The authors represented OC very fairly too how this yeoman farmer became King in all but name lived a much luxurious life than his subjects the harshness with which opponents were dealt with and his crushing of the Irish the Scots after the battle of Dunbar and religious sects too Churches were stripped of any ornament indeed our local church became a Parliamentarian stable To keep order spies were everywhere headed by John Thurloe I really liked the main character of Damian Seeker an intelligence officer in Cromwell’s government He was somewhat mysterious enigmatic but most certainly an honest seeker of the truth He has a past some of which emerged at the end of the book He had been a member of the sect The Seekers many of these later became uakers I really liked the way he doggedly pursued the murderer of John Winter and royalist plotters who were trying to assassinate Cromwell and other leaders There were some shocking and true revelations about opponents sent as slaves to places like Barbados I also liked the role that coffee houses played in the story These were becoming increasingly important meeting places to discuss news politics gossip and read the broadsheets that were becoming common I would say they were the early euivalent of social media though perhaps not as toxic Oh hang on a minute maybe not There were some twists and turns that made the book such a good read Overall this is really worthwhile historical novel Well written well researched and most importantly very entertaining I will definitely read

  6. Angela Angela says:

    Wonderful historical mystery set in the 17th century during the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell On reflection I've increased the rating to 5 stars as the book still has me thinking about it after I had finished reading Damien Seeker is on the hunt for who murdered John Winter and as the twists and turns of the story unfold the truth comes to the surface Often with surprising results I found the story engrossing and enjoyed that the book never felt to me like it was written with a 21st century vein Characters had 17th century attitudes to events that occurred throughout the book Torture of prisoners wasn't frowned upon by our hero Political intrigue abounds and all in all a very satisfying readRecommended for historical and historical mystery readers

  7. Bart Bart says:

    Actual rating 500

  8. Lindsey Lindsey says:

    I don't write many reviews but I wanted to write one for this book because I thought it was great and doesn't have a lot of them on Goodreads Maybe because it's only published by a UK publisher and isn't even available on US version anyway? I loved this book and didn't want to put it down which doesn't happen that often for me and not usually with historical mysteries either The historical detail is fantastic but it's never dry just interspersed with the narrative and you really get an idea of what it would have been like to live in Britain under Cromwell I didn't know anything about this period of history before so it was fascinating to meThe book is very well written and the plotting is superb The mystery definitely kept my attention with so many layers of connections and secrets I didn't figure it out until the author revealed things at the end It's unusual for me to be so invested in the secondary characters early on as well but I was drawn in and wanted to know their secrets and what was going to happen with themHighly recommended for anyone who enjoys historical fiction or a good mystery a great combination of the two

  9. K.J. Charles K.J. Charles says:

    My notes say I'm not sure if I'm enjoying this and then I read intently to the end of the book before concluding that actually no I wasn't which kind of sums it up Set in the Cromwellian interregnum with Damian Seeker as enforcer torturer and secret policeman but also uester for justice and protector of the poor Very Jack Reacher physically huge and violent but with a moral streak and also set up in the Reacheresue male Mary Sue thriller hero way everyone is scared of him mothers frighten their children with his name can lift a horse one handed god we're all so very impressed The mystery is intriguing and the characterisation good the setting extremely well done but ultimately the hero is a brutal torturer working for a vile regime Which the book acknowledges head on so you just have to decide if you want to spend the time in his company Good but not likeable Also the author kills off a previous series lead in this book and as a romance reader I found that incredibly disturbing even though I haven't read any of those books and this is in no way a romance How we are shaped by our genres

  10. Pam Baddeley Pam Baddeley says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this crime drama set in the period of the Commonwealth following the triumph of the Parliamentary faction in the English Civil War It captures well the paranoia that must have been endemic especially in the big cities like Bath and the capital London with anyone who voiced the slightest criticism of the regime hauled off to a nasty fateThe main plotline follows the attempt of Damian Seeker high up in the Commonwealth's securityspy services to discover who murdered a key player in the regime Along the way he also has to foil a Royalist plot or two and deal with the dissatisfactions of those who originally backed Parliament's cause but who now are disappointed with the result only the bosses have changed instead of the whole of society being made egalitarianThe interweaving of the storylines of several characters is done very well The only thing that held this back from being a 5 star read is that we don't fully get into the head of Seeker a man who has a troubled past but who sometimes comes over as a rather colourless superhero given his ability to best a professional soldier in a duel with little effort for example But a very interesting period of history to use for a crime fiction setting and I will definitely follow up the seuels

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