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    Todd M. Johnson
    Bethany House / 2021 / ePub
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  1. Micky
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    1818 Englan
    March 11, 2022
    Micky
    This review was written for The Barrister and the Letter of Marque.
    It took me a long time to start this book because I did not know what to expect. I like getting to know what it was like in Englan in 1818. If you had money and power, you could do whatever you wanted and the poor was just poor and abused. It is suprising how fast you become a nobody when you lose your money. I like Lady Jameson she was strong and brave and maybe too brave. If Fater Thomas wasn't in the story it would not have been a Christian novel. I like all his input and his caring nature. William Shopes was a very smart barrister; if not a genius, not unlike Petty Mason who could see solve any plot. I would have like the American more involved and show a stronger character. He seemed to be strong, but caring. This story moved along faster then I thought it would and could not put it down in the end.
  2. Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Regency suspense
    January 2, 2022
    Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Barrister and the Letter of Marque.
    Regency books cover the short period in English history when King George III is too mentally ill to rule and his son rules in his stead. It is that exact period in which legal thriller writer Todd M. Johnson has placed his new book THE BARRISTER AND THE LETTER OF MARQUE. A captain on his first voyage with a ship co-financed by his cousin Lady Jameson believes he has been granted a letter of marque, permission to confiscate the cargo of any French ship it encounters in the name of the British king. France and Britain are finally at peace, but the British Trading company does have exclusive rights to buy and sell India's tea. In the world of 1810-1820, that is a really big deal. Any ship carrying tea other than a British ship would be considered smuggling. But when the Padget enters port, the captain is arrested, his crew detained, and the cargo seized; when he attempts to show his letter of marque, he finds it has disappeared. All this leads Lady Jameson to approach Barrister Snopes, an attorney known for his independence and cunning. The British court system is different than ours which made this book a bit more difficult to read and yet also more intriguing. Snopes, who has all but abandoned his upper class upbringing and family, has two assistants who could easily have been plucked from a Charles Dicken's novel. For that matter so could have the shady characters who helped the conspirators in this complicated story. I have not found anything that suggests that this is the beginning of a series with Snopes and his associates in the lead, but I certainly hope so. Characters, setting, and crimes are unlike anything Johnson has written in the past, but even in new territory, he excels at mystery and suspense. I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley. All opinions are mine.

  3. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Pirate or Privateer? The Court will determine his fate...
    December 11, 2021
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Barrister and the Letter of Marque.
    The Barrister and the Letter of Marque

    By Todd M. Johnson

    Having read the author's previous works which were not historical fiction I was interested to see how he did in this new genre. The story overall was attention-grabbing - a ship arriving at the Port of London late at night and immediately seized for acting as pirates against a French ship. The Captain declares that he was working under a Letter of Marque provided by the Crown. Hanging or deportation to a prison colony is all that Captain Harold Tuttle can look forward to in his future and his cousin and uncle could lose everything to the debt the money they invested in the venture.

    With little hope of fighting the Crown and winning, Lady Madeleine Jameson seeks to secure the skills of William Snopes a barrister whom she feels is her best chance of securing her cousin's freedom and the cargo held within the holds of her seized ship.

    Since he turned his back on the home of his childhood and his father's misdeeds William Snoopes has done nothing to gain the favor of London's upper-class into ranks he was born. He never fought on their behalf once he became a barrister on his own. That is until Lady Jameson managed to appeal to his sense of justice.

    Now I am in no way a historical expert so as to the historical soundness of the book I can make no statement one way or the other. But I will say I found the book to be an engaging and enjoyable experience. Political intrigue, subterfuge, mystery, murder, piracy, and a coverup and little time to prepare for their day in court. I for one would love to read another book starring Barrister William Snopes.

    I enjoyed this book with both a paperback and the audible version. The narration by Samuel Roukin was excellent and highly recommended. Perfect for your commute or as a companion to your daily chores. The audio pacing didn't drag and the various major characters were presented so that they were identifiable.

    I received a complimentary copy of the paperback book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion ~ All thoughts expressed are my own.
  4. Sassy Bookish Mama
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intriguing!
    September 20, 2021
    Sassy Bookish Mama
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Barrister and the Letter of Marque.
    I honestly did not know what to expect with this book. The cover right away drew me in and I am so glad it did. Mr. Johnson's passion exudes through the book and it's evident by the details in the story. The characters were engaging and well written. William definitely is the main character but we also get to meet Lady Jameson and some other sinister characters.

    The story is full of suspense and the themes of justice are the brightest points throughout the story. The book reminded me of the classic mysteries. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read more from this author. If you enjoy mysteries that are based on legal issues and have a strong historical background then this is the book for you!

    I received a copy of this book from Bethany House publishers. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  5. Sari
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    If you love mystery & historical fiction, YOU MUST READ
    September 20, 2021
    Sari
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Barrister and the Letter of Marque.
    THE BASICS

    For some reason, one doesn't often read very many Christian fiction novels written by the hand of men. . . Don't ask me why, but when I read the blurb of this one, I knew I had to try it out---regardless who wrote it. And wow! I have nothing against lady authors, but I could certainly tell a difference in the writing when I picked up this beauty. The storytelling was so rich & engaging, the characters wonderfully fleshed out, and the plot complex. I enjoyed this so much!!

    VIOLENCE

    A father slaps his hand across his teen son's face---drawing blood. Soldiers fire upon a captain & his ship, without warning, and a young cabin boy is shot in the chest---pronounced fatal shortly after.

    A walk through a prison reveals the barbaric conditions: whole families imprisoned (implied due to debts); both men & women are scantily clad---starving & freezing in the cold, etc. etc.

    A young woman is cruelly murdered in order to tie up loose ends---we observe her body, where her neck lies at an odd angle. (A young boy catches a glimpse of her still body almost directly after she's killed, and flees.)

    A woman's horse is shot & killed right before her eyes, as a warning. The creature's body is later drug away and burned.

    A mob waits at the entrance to a barrister's apartment, but he sees in advance & reroutes.

    SPIRITUAL CONTENT

    Christian fiction! ;D A character discusses some spiritual matters with an anglican priest, who's always pressuring him some way or another.

    "God bless you," "good Lord," and "thank heavens" are used a time or two. A character asks for prayer. Scripture is referenced at least once.

    LANGUAGE // ALCOHOL & DRUGS

    "Damnable" is used in reference to something. As is "damnation." At least one use of "h--- to pay", along with some slang words such as, "garn," "prig," and "gutter snipe."

    Beer is downed or sipped; mention of a prosecutor who likes to indulge in pubs; a priest comes later & takes his own mug of beer; gin is used to describe a small, drunken mob's anger---as in "gin-fueled."

    ROMANTIC CONTENT

    It's discerned that a young girl of 16 was raped by an older man, who thanks to his wealth & status eluded any form of justice.

    A questionable man talks rather lewdly to a young woman multiple times---calling her "darlin'".

    There's some form of a slow-burn attraction between William & Madeleine, but I don't recall any smooches or physical contact (i.e. an embrace or handholding, etc.), if any. SPOILER! This isn't really a romance novel, though it does imply they maaaay continue their relationship after the events of the novel has concluded...

    CONCLUSION

    All in all, I so enjoyed this novel & would HIGHLY recommend it to all who enjoy historical fiction with a TEENY tiny smattering of romance. I loved the story, I loved the characters, and could DEFINITELY see myself re-reading this sometime in the future (when I'm not overrun with ALL THE BOOKS---honestly, though, what a fantabulous problem to have! xDDD)

    So, yes, add this to your TBR, me lovelies! You won't regret a thing. :]
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