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  • A superb and thrilling action adventure....

    Now and again a book comes along that reads like watching a movie and this one “The Scarlet Code” by C S Quinn fits that bill perfectly. Had it been on the big screen, I would have been on the edge of my seat on many occasions, due to the tense and thrilling scenes and together with a wonderfully intriguing storyline, I was addicted from the first page. This book is the second in the ‘Revolution Spy’ series, the first being “The Bastille Spy”, which although I know I would have enjoyed had I read first, I didn’t feel at a disadvantage for not following the characters previously. Set during the French Revolution after the fall of the Bastille, the story features Attica Morgan, a feisty and attractive female English spy whose love for men and women alike made for a fabulous rip roaring adventure with romance, action and international intrigue. The characters were all just superb. Jemmy, Attica’s old pirate friend was just brilliant, humorous, likeable and perfect as Attica’s partner in crime. This absorbing book never stops with the action, on virtually every page there’s excitement or breathtaking tension. With the fascinating addition of ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, my interest piqued with every chapter, to a point by the end of the novel, I didn’t want it to finish. Everything you could want from an adventure thriller, excitement, a fabulously endearing heroine and pirate to fall in love with, a cruel killer and some well written historical detail, this book deserves the full five stars I’m awarding it. If thrilling historical fiction is your bag, this is definitely a one for your wish list and I can’t wait to go back and read Attica’s first adventure. I hope beyond hope there’s more from her and Jemmy in the future and wish the author every success with the series. 5 stars

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  • I enjoyed this book!

    I did not realise until a few chapters into the book that this was the second book in the series. I chose not to read the first in the series before continuing this book, as I had read online that some people said it was fine as a standalone. I do regret not reading the first book, as I feel it would have helped me understand the storyline and the characters more whilst reading the second both. However, nonetheless I very much enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were interesting and the storyline was gripping. I did not know much about the history of the time in which the book was set, however I did not feel this hindered my understand of the novel and its storyline. I would recommend to friends and family, however I would encourage them to read book 1 first.

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  • A Revolutionary Adventure

    Ever since the fall of the Bastille, Paris has been a different place. The people still starve and die on the street but there is a newfound confidence, the possibility of change proven within their own city. Attica Morgan has not been idle, working behind the scenes to smuggle worthy aristocrats out of Paris to safety under the pseudonym of The Scarlet Pimpernel. When female abolitionists begin to turn up dead, killed in brutal and archaic ways, Attica must discover who the killer is but more importantly they are doing such unspeakable things. As the plot narrows and the city’s unrest begins to boil over again, all things seem to point to Robespierre, the unassuming lawyer. I greatly enjoyed the first book in the Revolution Spy series, The Bastille Spy, and have been eagerly awaiting this sequel. The Scarlet Code picks up just soon enough after the first book to be immediately accessible, but just long enough that you get the idea that things have been ticking along while we were looking away. As with the first book, when I began to read The Scarlet Code I had a bad feeling that I was going to have a hard time getting through this large 400 page hardcover, as I am not an avid historical fiction reader. However, once again the next thing I knew I was 100 pages in and had not stopped for lunch. C.S. Quinn has a gift for the gripping adventure which makes time fly and pages turn. With a wonderfully classic feel, this series continually brings me right back to The Three Musketeers, The Prisoner of Zenda, and indeed The Scarlet Pimpernel. The author’s knack for era is fantastic, and I love the effortless way she sets scenes and places the reader in the culture of pre-revolutionary Paris. I thoroughly enjoyed Attica and Jemmy’s friendship again, as well as the brilliant equality of gender between them. The message of female equality is a strong one in this story, and I love the way it looks back at a historical moment to show how women have indeed always been equally capable and influential throughout time, though the records don’t always reflect that. I would recommend this series to any fiction lover, and anyone looking for a quick and adventurous romp through revolutionary Paris. Fans of Dumas and Baroness Orczy will want to read this modern take on the French classics.

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  • The Scarlet code

    Enjoyable read with some real facts as well as fictional escapades. I'm enjoying this series and fully recommend in a light hearted way.

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  • The Scarlett Code

    A Well written book & it was exciting to read wih not wnting to out down until the end.

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