"MacLean immediately immerses you in the time and politics, transporting you back to those turbulent days."
You thought Damian Seeker was dead? Oh no. For those readers who have been following the career of Damian Seeker as he acts as enforcer to John Thurloe, Oliver Cromwell’s Secretary of State and Spymaster, we left Seeker at the bottom of a bear pit, underneath the ferocious bear and apparently well and truly dead. But Thurloe had other plans and after recuperation in secret, Seeker finds himself in disguise as a carpenter in Bruges. There he is tasked with keeping an eye on the nest of Royalist sympathisers who are constantly plotting to restore Charles Stuart to the throne. One of those Royalists has been coerced into acting as one of Seeker’s informants, but there is evidence that his activities have not gone unnoticed. A she-intelligencer has been sent out from England to seek out who might be the traitor within the Royalist ranks. Seeker then has instructions to find this mysterious woman and warn his contact.
There is more than one possible candidate for the post and Seeker uses all his past knowledge and the new web of contacts he has made in his role as the English carpenter to work out what is happening. Bruges is the centre of a web of intrigue and deceit and it is not always obvious who is with who and what is the ultimate aim.
Back home in England all is not well in Cromwell’s camp. Many of his supporters are unhappy with the way the Protector is assuming the trappings of a King and ignoring the role of parliament. There are factions amongst the dissenters and some of Seeker’s old companions are planning to travel to America to achieve freedom. It is a turbulent time. The future of the country is in balance.