The Chosen Man

The Chosen Man Early spring Ludovico da Portovenere Italian merchant and charismatic rogue is on a familiar voyage from Constantinople to Amsterdam when his journey is interrupted Waylaid first by a storm an

  • Title: The Chosen Man
  • Author: J.G.Harlond
  • ISBN: 9781908483249
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Early spring 1635, Ludovico da Portovenere, Italian merchant and charismatic rogue, is on a familiar voyage from Constantinople to Amsterdam when his journey is interrupted Waylaid first by a storm and then by a pirate raid, Ludo s life is cast into upheaval and international espionage The storm forces Ludo to make an unscheduled landing in Spain, where he is invited toEarly spring 1635, Ludovico da Portovenere, Italian merchant and charismatic rogue, is on a familiar voyage from Constantinople to Amsterdam when his journey is interrupted Waylaid first by a storm and then by a pirate raid, Ludo s life is cast into upheaval and international espionage The storm forces Ludo to make an unscheduled landing in Spain, where he is invited to undertake a secret commission to Holland The Thirty Years War drags on with no end in sight and the Spanish monarch is anxious to disrupt the Dutch rebels finances The mission intrigues Ludo, so he accepts A tale of power and intrigue, The Chosen Man is a fictional account of the events that triggered the Dutch scandal known as tulip mania.

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    1. This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review: Helen Hollickfounder #DDRevs" Add in a perverted steward and a cook who may or may not be a witch and we have some grand characters who all contribute to a tumultuous finale."

    2. 'The Chosen Man' by J. G Harlond'The Chosen Man' is an ambitious book which takes 17th century characters - from four different European countries - and successfully weaves their lives into a tapestry of political and religious intrigue and drama. 'The Chosen Man' has everything: shipwrecks; kidnap; piracy and romance - all set against the well-researched background of the first Stock Market crash in history. Once the characters had stopped travelling and settled down into their allotted roles, [...]

    3. First of all, I would have to say that this novel is not my normal fareough it is historical, it is not a romance, nor a suspense novel. In spite of this I found it a fascinating fictional narrative about the politics and intrigue in the Netherlands. Well written, it follows Ludo across the nations, as well as Alina, a young girl who happens to be at the wrong place and the wrong time. The twists and turns are many, and though perhaps only subplots in the grand scheme of things, keep the story g [...]

    4. This is an interesting novel set during the Dutch Tulipmania of the Thirty Years War.J.G. Harlond's writing is superb. She avoids the overly-verbose stylings of many writers of historical fiction.The e-book edition of the novel is very good indeed. This reader recalls only one error, "Mcnab" instead of the correct "McNab". Thus none of the all-too-common sloppy e-book formatting here.So why only a "liked it" from this reviewer? It has to do more with him than the book. The book's description fro [...]

    5. Imagine Jack Sparrow working for the Vatican to break the Dutch economy by boom-and- bust selling of tulips; and a 17th century Spanish Lara Croft sorting out an English stately home with incidental husband and resident villain. This novel is fun and full of energy; black comedy abounds. The wide-ranging historical background is also very intelligent and well-informed, while in no way slowing down the swashbuckling story. The slow-burning romance between the two lively main characters, Ludo the [...]

    6. The novel is set in the 17th century at the height of the speculative market bubble that surrounded the tulip bulb examined through the exploits of swashbuckling adventurer Ludivico who is trying to dodge the political machinations of the Vatican and the Spanish government and achieve the dream of owning his own ship. When bringing his latest tulip shipment from the Turkish lands a shipwreck brings him into contact with the young Marco who seeks his father, and the feisty Angelina, a daughter of [...]

    7. I know one reader described this book as a 'historical romance' but that's not quite how I read it. There was a great plot about espionage and economic skullduggery, the main character is a swashbuckling merchant. He is slippery but loveable and yes there is a romantic element but i found Alina's story of being trapped in one place to be a good antidote to the globe trotting of Ludo. I loved the detail of the Crimphele kitchen. I found myself thinking about the characters and plot when I wasn't [...]

    8. The Chosen Man is an excellent read, full of well-rounded and likeable characters. I enjoyed learning about a fascinating period in history, when tulip mania swept through Holland. The hero's involvement in this phenomena shows that the manipulation of markets is nothing new to Europe. The book is full of intrigue and romance and its fast pace keeps you reading until the very last page. JG Harland is an articulate and fluent writer who can tell a good story.

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