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The Chosen Man (English Edition) de [Harlond, J. G.]
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Rome 1635. As Flanders braces for another long year of war, a Spanish count presents the Vatican with a means of disrupting the Dutch rebels’ booming economy. His plan is brilliant. They just need the right man to implement it.
Enter Ludovico da Portovenere, a charismatic spice and silk merchant. Intrigued by the Vatican’s proposal—and hungry for profit—Ludo sets off for Amsterdam. His voyage is interrupted, first by a timid English priest with a message from Rome, then by a storm, then by a pirate raid. The storm brings him a quick-witted young admirer he uses as a spy. The pirate raid brings him a girl, Alina, who won’t go home. Each development has significant consequences for Ludo’s plans and even greater ones for the people he is involved with.
Set in a world of international politics and domestic intrigue, The Chosen Man spins an engrossing tale about the Dutch financial scandal known as tulip mania—and how decisions made in high places can have terrible repercussions on innocent lives.

Biografía del autor

J. G. Harlond (Jane) grew up in the South West of England and studied in Britain and the USA, obtaining BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies and an MA in Social and Political Thought, she also has teaching qualifications and worked as an English teacher for many years in European international schools. Jane now lives in southern Spain, where she writes school text book material and historical fiction. Jane's fascination with historical fiction began while still at school, when she would read anything by Jean Plaidy instead of doing her homework. Her writing is also influenced by Dorothy Dunnett and Mary Wesley: two very different authors whose well-chosen prose wove intrigue and sharp descriptive detail into compelling stories. What still interests her about the genre, she says, is the way that - as with real history - it's the universal emotions and motivations of love, hate, greed, jealousy and desire that influence or determine both an individual's life-choices and international politics: in different epochs different social mores may prevail, but people are generally governed by self-interest. Jane's novels also examine aspects of genetic inheritance, how family character traits and physical appearance can follow through or skip and re-emerge in different generations.

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
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  • Longitud de impresión: 390
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  • Editor: Penmore Press LLC (29 de julio de 2015)
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  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B0130WO43S
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Rich and exquisite. 12 de marzo de 2016
Por Book Review Cafe - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Tapa blanda
Harlond delivers on all fronts with The Chosen Man, a compelling blend of historical fiction and thriller set around the time of the 1635 tulip mania scandal.

At the heart of the story is a lively duo formed by the appealing reprobate, Ludovico da Portovenere and the ever-glamorous Spanish heroine, Alina, a woman we breathlessly follow from one astonishing adventure to the next. Harlond is one of those authors who has a gift for drawing her readers in with exceptional storytelling and witty dialogue. It’s hard not to care for her characters, especially when Ludo negotiates a deal that latterly separates him from Alina and places her in proximity to a dangerous predator by the name of McNab. But in all of this, Alina must make a choice. A sickly aristocrat, a Spaniard or an Italian pirate? An interesting three-point dilemma.

Rich and exquisite, meticulously researched, and powerfully evocative, The Chosen Man is a sumptuous read that will keep you guessing until the end. I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas for whom love of profit is stronger than fear of a distant ... 21 de febrero de 2016
Por Christina Paige - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Power takes many forms, but in Rome, all forms coalesce in the person of the Pope. In 1635, A rivalry has arisen between the religious power of the Catholic Church and the secular Dutch merchants, for whom love of profit is stronger than fear of a distant pontiff. A scheme is hatched to bring the upstart merchants down in utter ruin, but it needs an agent provocateur – a disposable one.
Unscrupulous, charismatic, and quick-witted, the spice merchant Ludovico da Portovenere is the perfect choice. But Ludo is no man’s fool: he knows what happens to the Pope’s left-hand men when a job is done – they end up dead. Still, for the right price he’ll play the game, determined to stay one move ahead of Rome’s assassins.
“He travels the fastest who travels alone,” but Ludo finds himself saddled with a bumbling English priest who dares not practice his faith openly in Protestant England, a lad on a quest to find his father, and a beautiful but dowerless young Spanish noblewoman who wants more out of life than genteel poverty. It’s difficult to dodge assassins when you are hip-deep in hangers-on; so Ludo sells the girl, Alina, into a marriage, chaperoned by the silly priest, and turns the lad into an merchant-spy. Now at last he can operate freely in the dark, secretive inns and the great houses of Amsterdam… so why is it so hard to forget the golden-haired girl who’d begged him to take her with him?
As for Alina, a stranger in a strange land, she quickly finds out that there are worse dangers in the world than rapacious Turks and pirates– like mothers-in-law and treacherous servants.

Romance, intrigue, greed, longing, magic, tragedy, and murder are all part of the plot. Harlond has a gift for getting you to care about characters, even when they are only "on stage" briefly. There is authentic poignancy to their predicaments and inner struggles. She also wields irony quite skillfully. Strongly recommended.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Interesting, though more romance than swashbuckling 28 de mayo de 2012
Por Matthew Higgins - Publicado en Amazon.com
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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 4 stars from this reviewer? It has to do more with him than the book. The book's description from the publisher focuses primarily on Ludovico and from that description the book very much seemed to promise a swashbuckler in the style of Arturo Perez-Reverte's Captain Alatriste. Expecting this, this reader was quite surprised to find that the book is really about the barely-mentioned-in-the-description Alina and is a romance; not a bodice-ripping romance, but a romance nonetheless, and not a genre he leans toward in his reading. Another reader, who enjoys a romance with a strong historical setting, will find Harlond's The Chosen Man a 5 star read.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The Chosen Man - J. G. Horland 10 de junio de 2012
Por Marianne - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle
First of all, I would have to say that this novel is not my normal fare..although 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 going swiftly.
I found it interesting that this type of thing happened early in the 17th century, and is still happening today, and still with agriculture, yet on a different level. Of course, being part of the agriculture world, this is what I would notice first. Obviously very credible, and I really enjoyed it, and would read other novels by J.G. Horland. As I said, this is not my usual genre, and as such I would caution my readers that this is a secular novel, and there may be extraneous scenes and language found that may not be appreciated by the reader.

I received this ebook from Henry Thomas, Reviews Manager at Knox Robinson Publishing free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive assessment, and the opinions stated are my own. The Chosen Man
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Fun and full of energy; an entertaining read 9 de octubre de 2012
Por Jean Gill - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle
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 loveable rogue, and Alina, the feisty Spanish girl stranded in a foreign country, adds to the enjoyment. However, the two plots are otherwise very separate and this makes for some disjointed storytelling, with awkward jumps in viewpoint.

I've read 'Tulip Fever' so knew some of the historical background, and was expecting this to be heavy,depressing and political, especially in our time of 'financial crisis'. Not a bit of it! I found `The Chosen Man' to be a very entertaining read and I would definitely read another novel by this author.
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