Winter, 1670. Holcroft Blood has entered the employ of the powerful Duke of Buckingham. It is here that his education really begins. With a gift for numbers, Holcroft soon proves invaluable to the Duke, but when he's pushed into a betrayal he risks everything for revenge. His father, Colonel Thomas Blood, has fallen on hard times. When he's asked to commit treason by stealing the crown jewels, he puts himself and his family in a dangerous situation. As the machinations of powerful men plot to secure the country's future, both father and son must learn what it is to survive in a more dangerous battlefield than war - the court of King Charles II.
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I have just finished listening to Blood's Game and thoroughly enjoyed it so much that I am going back to listen for a second time. I often listen to books whilst i am doing stuff and sometimes can miss things so apart from wanting to enjoy the book a second time round, I also want to go back and make sure i got everything.
I loved the narration, his accents were superb. I loved the use of language, and Mr Lynch's portrayal of the language in a 17thc setting was above excellent.
Mr Donald's research appears to have been impeccable and his characters well written, well drawn and likeable. The plot was stimulating and though I was unsure at first, I found myself following the story with interest, smiling, and chuckling to myself at parts as i travelled to work on the bus.
I think it would definitely have to be Holcroft. He reminds me of a character in my own book, whom I am very fond of. I think Donald's portrayal of this character using the traits of a boy with autism was genius. From what was known of Holcroft, Mr Donald has perfected a character with this condition and adapted it very well, given that in those days, they would not have known what the condition was. As the author says, back then, someone with Aspergers would have been considered different and odd at best, and stupid at worse, and i loved to learn in the author's note at the end, that Holcroft was known as a mathematical genius.
I also liked Jack Churchill too, and Barbara Villiers has some brilliant moments, especially when she slaps Nell Gwynn, and I also liked Aphra Benn, a very interesting character
No, I haven't, but I believe that this is the best narration I have yet to hear.
There's only one Game worth winning - Blood's Game.
Great writing, use of language, interesting plot, the right amount of humour , brilliant characters, can't wait to read/listen the next one.
- 11thc girl