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London, 1836. An aristocrat is murdered after finding incriminating letters from a secret society. When amateur geologist Daniel Young inquires about his friend's murder, he discovers a plot to overthrow the king of England.
|Publisher:||D&D Books, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)|
About the Author
Nick Daniels is a former science journalist turned novelist. He grew up in South America and now lives on an island in the Pacific with his family. Read more about him at NickDanielsBooks.com.
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Gentlemen's Conspiracy based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Nick Daniels makes a fine debut in this novel. Though the setting is historical, the themes are relevant for today. How scientifically sound is the concept of an old earth? How committed are modern scientists to a free and open discussion of ideas? Does the church compromise biblical truth for the sake of modernity? Does academia conspire to hide evidence that contradicts their pet theories? All these questions, and more, are raised in a fast-moving story of a young man caught in a web of intrigue, all without a hint of haughtiness or preaching. It shows a sound understanding of the subject matter and evidences good research. I raised my eyebrows at a detail here and there -- for instance, I believe the area surrounding a London house would have been the "garden," not the "yard" -- but I'm not an anglophile and won't quibble about it. All in all, I'd say it's a jolly good show. There's plenty of action here, along with intrigue, well-drawn characters, and of course romance (gotta have that!), and gives the reader fruit for thought. In my book, that's the definition of a satisfying read. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.
From the very first page, The Gentlemen's Conspiracy held me captive with its intense, fast-paced plot. The story was clever in its apologetics premise that wove throughout a unique scenario surrounding the determined yet unprotected protagonist, Daniel. With vivid description I experienced life in 1836 London, as well as other settings in Europe from mid-1700 on - where the author does an excellent job delivering flashbacks without missing a beat. Although the plot is complicated and the characters are many, it's written in such a way that it was easy to follow and exciting. The amount of research that went into the book, regarding the church and its conflict over the creation of the earth and the origin of man, is what impressed me the most, and how facts and real life individuals were presented in a work of fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel to its last intriguing page.
I had the opportunity to read this before it was published. Nick Daniels has written a well-researched and extremely well-written and entertaining novel. The story surrounds the lives of a few fictional characters living in the decades prior to Darwin's publication of Origin of Species. Mr. Daniels shows some of the crucial battles that took place in the sciences and the Church during that time and wraps real historical events and figures into the tale. Also, the reader will gain insights into the true nature of the creation v. evolution controversy. The book maximizes the ability to teach the reader without bogging down at all. It was difficult to put down as the book contained everything you could ask for in a novel: action, romance, thrills, mystery, murder, controversy, etc. I highly recommend this book - especially if you are interested in history, science, and/or the Church.