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Summary

Summer, 1658, and the Republic may finally be safe: the combined Stuart and Spanish forces have been heavily defeated by the English and French armies on the coast of Flanders, and the king's cause appears finished. 

Yet one final, desperate throw of the dice is planned. And who can stop them if not Captain Damian Seeker?

The final gripping book in this acclaimed and award-winning series of historical thrillers. Will Seeker's legacy endure?

©2020 Shona MacLean (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

"One of the best historical crime series out there." (Crime Review)

"Could challenge CJ Sansom for dominion." (Sunday Times)

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Seeker

I have enjoyed all the books and am sad to think this is the last we will having about Damian Seeker we could all do with him in our lives.
The end could have been better (epilogue) felt it was a little rushed for the end of five books but that is just me .Over all the series has been great x
Jonathan Keeble was as usual a one man theatre company with all the voices he manages ,great performance as always

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Outstanding

The best of the Seeker stories so far. Animated narration gives life to the story.

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Loved the Seeker books

A great read. Damian Seeker was a wonderful character
The story was very well written and narrated
Loved all the books and had to listen to them one after the other
So sad there are no more
Love this author

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Not as compelling as the rest of the series.

I agree entirely with those who feel that this was not as engaging as the previous Seeker books. We do miss the characters from the other books and John Carpenter is not as compelling as Damian Seeker. The story is tangled with slightly too many plotlines. I kept on forgetting who knew what about whom. This might have been a better book to read them to listen to. Did seem abrupt and to a certain extent disappointing. Spoilers already have indicated what might happen next and where. I could see a plot dealing with what happens when Charles II seeks his revenge on his father’s killers. And - I would like to be reunited with the Illingworths. Still a pretty good book though and I will look out with interest for whatever the author does next as I have enjoyed both the Alexander Seaton and the Damien Seeker series.

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Brilliant, as usual

Every one of Ms MacLean's novels are the work of the finest craftsmanship (craftsmanship?). Add to that a top vocal performance and you have audible gold.

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Another brilliant Seeker story

Another brilliant Seeker story, with fantastic narration from Jonathan Keeble, he really does a great one man performance. I have loved all of the books in this series & really do hope SG McLean writes some more, I want to know what happens to Damian Seeker a flawed hero with a big heart.

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Exciting series

I will miss Damien Seeker! I would love a sequel but maybe best to leave it here for everyone to imagine their own.

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Another great Seeker narrative.

A first class capturing of a 17th century spy story amongst Charles II's exile court and its Cromwellian opponents. Seeker's implied departure for Massachusetts leaves the door open for a next novel in the series!

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Brilliant

Good to see another brilliant read. I hope it's not the last we see of The Seeker.

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A thrilling farewell to Seeker’s post Civil War adventures.

Another cracking Seeker tale! Everyone these days seems to see the Cromwell interregnum as a mistake in British history. Indeed it wasn’t the best of times, but it was no worse than the royal families of the era, and at least it recognised the wishes of the people as a better source of power than the king’s claim of God-given sovereignty. Much that’s wrong with our current society might have been better without the constructions of upper-class life of those claiming royal prestige. So I felt for Seeker’s purpose in these novels.
MacLean has done an excellent job of picturing the times for us with intrigue and excitement thrown in. I’m not sure about narrator Keeble’s accent for the main character, a tad too generic, really, but his reading is dramatically very good, and that’s the main thing. There are some truly very dramatic moments that he seemed to love getting his teeth into. I’m sorry that there likely won’t be anymore of Seeker, unless it’s in the Colonies. For me, he’s too good and interesting a character to lose, but I’m not the author.