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Writers Inspiring Change book review: A Turning Wind: Book II in The Chosen Man Trilogy by J.G. Harlond

A Turning Wind - Book II of The Chosen Man Trilogy by J.G. Harlond is a wonderful, adventurous, swashbuckling read. Set in the 1640 period of Europe, we continue the story of Ludo da Portovenere, an entrepreneurial merchant who not only travels to distant lands and back and trades his goods, but who uses his position, his special wares, his charisma, moreover, following his own agenda, strikes ties with the British and Spanish monarchies to pursue this agenda, all the while being hunted down by a man who wants to see him dead. This is a wonderfully written story, full of romance, adventure, danger, and intrigue. Ludo is a fascinating character, mysterious, yet principled, an outsider who is riding the edge between life and death in a time when the Spanish Inquisition is looking for any provocation to stake those who wander from the Vatican's mandates, and warring states, pirates, thieves and more. The author takes great care to paint virtual images of life in that period, and in doing so, she animates the story with another dimension of color and vitality. If you like thrilling adventure - this is a great series to sink your teeth into. Highly recommended.

Review by International Writers Inspiring Change

About J.G. Harlond

Award-winning member of the British Historical Novel Society, J.G. Harlond (Jane) writes page-turning historical crime stories that weave fictional characters into real events. Jane's books have achieved recognition as Discovered Diamonds (x5), Readers' Favourite 5* (x4), Wishing Shelf Red Ribbon, Author Shout (x2) and Chill With a Book awards.

After travelling widely (she has visited or lived in most of the locations in her novels), Jane is now settled in southern Spain.

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