The Custom of the Army (Novella): An Outlander Novella [NOOK Book]

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Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of the acclaimed Outlander series, weaves an engrossing tale of war, history, and suspense in this original novella—now available as a standalone eBook—featuring returning hero Lord John Grey.

London, 1759. After a high society electric-eel party leads to a duel that ends badly, Lord John Grey feels the need to lie low for a while. Conveniently, before starting his new commission in His Majesty’s army, Lord ...
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The Custom of the Army (Novella): An Outlander Novella

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Overview

Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of the acclaimed Outlander series, weaves an engrossing tale of war, history, and suspense in this original novella—now available as a standalone eBook—featuring returning hero Lord John Grey.

London, 1759. After a high society electric-eel party leads to a duel that ends badly, Lord John Grey feels the need to lie low for a while. Conveniently, before starting his new commission in His Majesty’s army, Lord John receives an urgent summons. An old friend from the military, Charlie Carruthers, is facing court-martial in Canada, and has called upon Lord John to serve as his character witness. Grey voyages to the New World—a land rife with savages (many of them on his own side) and cleft by war—where he soon finds that he must defend not only his friend’s life but his own.

Praise for Diana Gabaldon’s novels featuring Lord John Grey 

“Call it what you will—historical adventure, conspiracy thriller—it’s an engrossing story, masterfully paced, with exciting plot twists, swift reversals and robust characterizations.”—The Globe and Mail, on The Scottish Prisoner

“[A] thoroughly entertaining and wonderfully witty historical mystery set in the richly detailed, occasionally bawdy world of Georgian England.”—Booklist, on Lord John and the Private Matter

“From London’s literary salons and political intrigue to fearsome battle scenes in the Seven Years’ War, [Diana Gabaldon’s] writing is always vivid and often lyrical.”—The Washington Post, on Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345541024
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/21/2012
  • Series: Lord John Grey Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 76
  • Sales rank: 8,106
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Diana  Gabaldon
Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), and An Echo in the Bone—as well as the Lord John Grey novels Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion; and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.

Biography

To millions of fans, Diana Gabaldon is the creator of a complex, original, and utterly compelling amalgam of 18th-century romantic adventure and 20th-century science fiction. To the publishing industry, she's a grassroots-marketing phenomenon. And to would-be writers everywhere who worry that they don't have the time or expertise to do what they love, Gabaldon is nothing short of an inspiration.

Gabaldon wrote her first novel while juggling the demands of motherhood and career: in between her job as an ecology professor, she also had a part-time gig writing freelance software reviews. Gabaldon had never written fiction before, and didn't intend to publish this first novel, which she decided to call Outlander. This, she decided, would be her "practice novel". Worried that she might not be able to pull a plot and characters out of thin air, she settled on a historical novel because "it's easier to look things up than to make them up entirely."

The impulse to set her novel in 18th-century Scotland didn't stem -- as some fans have assumed—from a desire to explore her own familial roots (in fact, Gabaldon isn't even Scottish). Rather, it came from watching an episode of the British sci-fi series Dr. Who and becoming smitten with a handsome time traveler in a kilt. A time-travel element crept into Gabaldon's own book only after she realized her wisecracking female lead couldn't have come from anywhere but the 20th century. The resulting love affair between an intelligent, mature, sexually experienced woman and a charismatic, brave, virginal young man turned the conventions of historical romance upside-down.

Gabaldon has said her books were hard to market at first because they were impossible to categorize neatly. Were they historical romances? Sci-fi adventure stories? Literary fiction? Whatever their genre (Gabaldon eventually proffered the term "historical fantasias"), they eventually found their audience, and it turned out to be a staggeringly huge one.

Even before the publication of Outlander, Gabaldon had an online community of friends who'd read excerpts and were waiting eagerly for more. (In fact, her cohorts at the CompuServe Literary Forum helped hook her up with an agent.) Once the book was released, word kept spreading, both on the Internet and off, and Gabaldon kept writing sequels. (When her fourth book, "Drums of Autumn," was released, it debuted at No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and her publisher, Delacorte, raced to add more copies to their initial print run of 155,000.)

With her books consistently topping the bestseller lists, it's apparent that Gabaldon's appeal lies partly in her ability to bulldoze the formulaic conventions of popular fiction. Salon writer Gavin McNett noted approvingly, "She simply doesn't pay attention to genre or precedent, and doesn't seem to care that identifying with Claire puts women in the role of the mysterious stranger, with Jamie -- no wimp in any regard -- as the romantic 'heroine."'

In between Outlander novels, Gabaldon also writes historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, a popular, if minor, character from the series, and is working on a contemporary mystery series. Meanwhile, the author's formidable fan base keeps growing, as evidenced by the expanding list of Gabaldon chat rooms, mailing lists, fan clubs and web sites -- some of them complete with fetching photos of red-haired lads in kilts.

Good To Know

Outlander may have been Gabaldon's first novel, but she was already a published writer. Her credits included scholarly articles, political speeches, radio ads, computer manuals and Walt Disney comic books.

Gabaldon gets 30 to 40 e-mails a day from her fans, who often meet online to discuss her work. "I got one letter from a woman who had been studying my book jacket photos (with a magnifying glass, evidently), who demanded to know why there was a hole in my pants," wrote Gabaldon on her web site. "This strikes me as a highly metaphysical question, which I am not equipped to answer, but which will doubtless entertain some chat-groups for quite a long time."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Diana Jean Gabaldon (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 11, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Education:
      B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1973; M.S., Scripps Oceanographic Institute; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1979
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Gwen

    Love the Outlander series, love it. Maybe, my all time favorite. Not a huge fan of the Lord John books, but I will read anything associated with the series. That being said, as far as Lord John books go...(this isnt a book, its called a novella and thats streching it, its more of a longish short story..doesnt start till page eight and is over at sixty-three) this ones pretty good. I enjoyed it. Doesnt have a thing to do with the series, just a minor tale involving Lord John, but beautifully written as all her books are, many interesting hisortical facts sprinkled through out. An afternoons entertainment!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Disapointing

    Short story at best

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    i was excited to read this and was not disappointed. Great read!

    i was excited to read this and was not disappointed. Great read!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Never disappointed

    As always I love the language, history, and tales Gabaldon weaves together. I can't wait to read the next book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Desperately awaiting the next (conclusion) book of the Outlander

    Desperately awaiting the next (conclusion) book of the Outlander series! Ms Gabaldon's writing surpasses my expectations, my favorite author of all time! If you do not enjoy her books.......you might want to change to a different category!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Great

    Love ms gabaldon's writing as usual!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Bravo!

    Diana Gabaldon never fails to transport me elsewhere!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Love the book

    Highly recommend if you are into the Highlander series.

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  • Posted June 4, 2014

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    Another great story staring Lord John Grey. I just love these! T

    Another great story staring Lord John Grey. I just love these! The John Grey character is one of my favorites always being torn between what is expected of him and what is right. This time he goes to an eel party and finds himself in a little trouble.It's nice to learn more about the other Outlander characters without the distractions of the main characters. Outlander is truly it's own world and I am so happy that Gabaldon gives us these insights to others in the world. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Custom

    Good addition to the series, only problem, it wasn't long enough.

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