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The British Consul (James Steele 1)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews
1856. Alarmed by the United States territorial expansion across the American continent, British Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, fears that the landing of mercenary William Walker in Nicaragua will eventually lead to US President Pierce annexing the whole of Central America. Acting without authorisation from his Cabinet, Palmerston sends former soldier, James Steele, newly ...more
Kindle Edition, 1, 419 pages
Published August 11th 2011 by PBP (first published August 2011)
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Reading this book it is obvious that the author really knows the time period, peppering the story with numerous small historical facts that give the setting a feel of historical fiction. Only occasionally do these embellishes seem to be a bit too much, most often when events or ideas are brought up that amount to making historical nods to things that are still in the future as far as the characters of the novel are concerned. Still, though, this novel does give a good feel of
This was my first James Steele book and it was okay. I enjoyed the historic aspects of the political thriller and there was no shortage of battles, laying siege to an area, or political manoeuvrings. However, I just could not become enamored with the main character James Steele. Steele is aloof and sometimes downright nasty. The only time I softened towards him was when he tried to help out a woman and her child by securing her a job. 'The British Consul' alludes to a previous James Steele book ...more
I was pleased to receive this book from the author as a first-reads giveaway. I enjoyed reading it and it is well written. It is a political and military adventure centring on James Steele, The British Consul to Nicaragua. It is very informative historically, is full of action and is a little in the vogue of the “Sharpe” books or indeed “Hornblower.” Yet this story is without the human touch. There is mention of a dead wife and daughter, but no explanation is given as to how they died, except th ...more
I won this as part of a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway.

This is how I like my historical fiction. Enough history blended with the fiction that you aren't really sure where the lines are. The story starts a little slow but when it picks up there is plenty of action. Steele comes across a little ruthless but he knows what he wants. I don't know much about Latin American history but if even a fraction of the chaos in this book is true, I'm so glad I didn't have to deal with it.
This book is well writ
Lee Holz
The British Consul is a well-written, well-plotted historical action/adventure story. The action is fast and furious, and the characters are well developed and engaging. I look forward to the publication of the second in the series.
I enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next book in the series! The main character, Steele, is a fabulous character and I am sure that we will all enjoy reading about more of his adventures.
Diane Howland
Good book. First time I have read this author. Good historic items. A little slow at first but the pace picks up. Recommend to those that like historical fiction.
I was thrilled to receive this as a Goodreads giveaway. Enjoyed it. Hoping for more character development in any sequels.
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