The Devil's Recruit : Alexander Seaton

  • by S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by David Monteath
  • Series: Alexander Seaton
  • 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The fourth book in the highly acclaimed Alexander Seaton series. 1635: Europe is in the grip of the brutal territorial and religious struggle of the Thirty Years' War. Fear stalks the town of Aberdeen as a ship recruiting for the wars lies at anchor in the river mouth. A sinister figure watches from the shadows as apprehension grows and culminates in the disappearance of the son of a Highland chief - a student of Alexander Seaton.
When the frozen body of a young woman is found in the garden of a prominent citizen, Alexander becomes more deeply embroiled. The figure in the shadows has come for him; he can hide from his past no longer.
Shona MacLean has a PhD in history from Aberdeen University, specialising in 16th and 17th-century Scottish history. She lives in Banff, Scotland, with her husband and four children.

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What the Critics Say

"MacLean has the first-rate historical novelist's gift... [she] communicates her passion for the period without downplaying its brutishness." (Daily Telegraph)
"As always, the research is brilliant and evocative and the book intelligent, enthralling and beautifully written" (Crime Review)

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Customer Reviews

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Excellent finale

MacLean has really hit her stride with this Alexander Seaton book, beautifully narrated. I stayed up all night to finish it, and didn't drop off once!
A very grim introduction to the Thirty Years' War, in which many Scots fought on both Protestant and Catholic sides.
Alexander, although preparing to leave the University to finally take up a position as a Minister, becomes involved when troops on a ship recruiting men for the Wars, start chatting up some of the students.
There is also the recurring theme of Protestant righteous bigotry and a bit of witchcraft -probably caused by all the repression! It is fascinating because MacLean doesn't have a protagonist who is exempt from such values. He has shown his attitudes to Catholics, and his avveptance of the Kirk's right to sit in judgement, in other books, but also his humanity in that he wouldn't damn Sarah for fornication when she was put in a situation where she could not resist her master. He marries her and accepts and loves her bastard as his eldest child.
In this book we again have a bit of historical detective fiction as he tries to find a missing Highlander, one of his students. Many of the strands from her other books are tied up in this one, to a very unexpected end.
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- Bibliophile

Loved the series, loved the narration

The only way it could have been bettered is if it had b the n written in Scots. Gave a great feel for the time. Although I prefer earlier history, the series gripped from beginning to end.
Wholeheartedly recommended!!
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- jacqueline bain

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios