The Scottish Prisoner

The Scottish Prisoner

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Includes a preview of the new novel in the Outlander series.

London, 1760. For Jamie Fraser, paroled prisoner-of-war in the remote Lake District, life could be worse: He's not cutting sugar cane in the West Indies, and he's close enough to the son he cannot claim as his own. But Jamie Fraser's quiet existence is coming apart at the seams, interrupted first by dreams of his lost wife, then by the appearance of Tobias Quinn, an erstwhile comrade from the Rising.
 
Like many of the Jacobites who aren't dead or in prison, Quinn still lives and breathes for the Cause. His latest plan involves an ancient relic that will rally the Irish. Jamie is having none of it--he's sworn off politics, fighting, and war. Until Lord John Grey shows up with a summons that will take him away from everything he loves--again.
 
Lord John Grey--aristocrat, soldier, and occasional spy--finds himself in possession of a packet of explosive documents that exposes a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Time is of the essence as the investigation leads to Ireland, with a baffling message left in "Erse," the tongue favored by Scottish Highlanders. Lord John, who oversaw Jacobite prisoners when he was governor of Ardsmiur prison, thinks Jamie may be able to translate--but will he agree to do it?
 
Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead. A captivating return to the world Diana Gabaldon created in her Outlander and Lord John series, The Scottish Prisoner is another masterpiece of epic history, wicked deceit, and scores that can only be settled in blood.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2011.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385337519
0385337515
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY GABALDON
Characteristics: xviii, 534 pages ; 22 cm.

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lizcobbe
Aug 12, 2016

The narrative is uneven, but the characters are the whole reason why you'd read the book in the first place. Enjoyable, certainly.

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wongsokguan
Aug 20, 2015

I'm amazed how many stories that Diana Gabaldon has written intertwining the characters from her other books. I keep wanting to read more about the history of the times.

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billybee11
Jul 15, 2015

I loved hearing more back story on Lord John and having Jamie involved too was amazing. The book kept me guessing and everything tied in so well to the rest of the series

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ZenSojourner
May 21, 2014

NOT SF/F. By the author of the "Outlander" series. Apparently having mined that line for all its worth (actually far far MORE than it was worth) she has apparently branched out into new areas of romance-noveldom - which still does not make THIS series SF/F either. I am SO tired of coming across stuff like this under SF/F and unwittingly (*shudder*) taking it home, only to find myself with a volume full of tripe. Seriously. The library needs to stop classifying romance novels as SF/F just because they involve time travel, zombies, witches, vampires, or werewolves.

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Mary_SporeAlhadef
May 16, 2013

As usual with Gabaldon's books, the characters fit into their historical era wih all the messiness that goes along with the political complexities of British politics in the eighteenth century. Her portrait of London with the mix of both real and imagined characters is very well done, and the Irish setting is a new element in
this well written and researched series.

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emilysteeves
Sep 27, 2012

I enjoyed these novels as much as the outlander series, which they fit neatly into.

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Beverleigh
Apr 16, 2012

Have read most of this series and this book didn't disappoint. I'm looking forward to the next book. I find the history in these books very interesting.

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erinsnest
Apr 11, 2012

Whew! Had to read this one in record time, as it was due a week after I got to start it! A very enjoyable week, love the parleying (or should that just be parley?) between Lord John and Jamie. (Started Monday April 2, 2012, finished Monday April 9, 2012)

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morebooksplease
Mar 27, 2012

As John Grey is one of my favourites from the Outlander series, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Ms. Gabaldon's ability to weave well researched history into a intriguing story line is a gift. As I wasn't really looking for a 'Jamie' fix, I thought this moved along nicely with interesting characters and many moral questions to ponder about loyalty.
It does tie in to the Outlander books so I would recommend reading at least the first three or many of the references will be lost.

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dlh1
Mar 10, 2012

The best part of this book was the special early preview of "Written in My Own Heart's Blood," the next Outlander novel which appeared at the end of "The Scottish Prisoner". I could easily have read a condensed version of this novel, since I found it quite boring in parts. There was very little action, with most of the story dedicated to the thought process of it's characters.

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