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Fortune's Fool

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London 1665 is no place for Randal Holles, a former soldier in Cromwell's army, now that the monarchy has been restored and the exploits of the Republicans are being condemned in the highest degree. Holles, desperate for an escape from his hopeless situation and almost certain execution, sees no option but to accept the Duke of Wellington's rather dubious commission - to a ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published 1923 by Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston, MA (first published November 30th 1922)
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It's hardly my favorite Sabatini, but even an iffy book from him has a lot of good qualities. The heroine has some really great scenes. The plot could be tighter, and I found it harder to forgive the hero than his lady-love did. It was interesting to read a book centered on such a flawed character though.
I loved it but, I always enjoy Sabatini. I especially enjoyed the heroine who was to hold her own against the Lord. The heroine is as good as the ones in Scarmouche and The Lion's Skin. One note I did get mixed up that there were two Lords which caused some confusion till I got that fact straight. Don't what to give anything away but, I especially like the plague part.

One factor that made the book so enjoyable was the hero's stubborn will to to keep trudging on even though it seemed pointless. I
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Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages. By the time he was seventeen, he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language - English - to his linguistic collection. After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the ...more
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