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A Man Against a Background of Flames

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Appleby never meant to start a global movement - James Appleby's career as a history lecturer is drifting into mediocrity until the phone call that changes his life forever. Our adulterous hero is informed of a mysterious chest of 400 year-old documents, which turns out to house a dangerous secret. To his horror, Appleby discovers his research has ignited a global ...more
Paperback, 1st, 480 pages
Published October 2013 by Pighog
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John Lee
May 01, 2014 John Lee rated it liked it
I had read a part of a review somewhere and the strange name stuck in my memory. One reviewer said "Move over Dan Brown etc etc " and expecting a Dan Brown type of novel I went in search of a copy. None of my usual sources could provide it and it was in my 3rd County library that I finally found a copy.
After all of the searching and waiting, the anticipation for this action novel grew until at last I had a copy in my hands and again read on the cover a comparison to Dan Brown.
This did the book a
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Caroline Taggart
Nov 03, 2013 Caroline Taggart rated it really liked it
Brilliantly imaginative tale of what happens when a nonentity academic named Appleby discovers the personal papers of a 16th-century gentleman who went against all the teachings of the time by starting a humanist-style sect. When these papers are let loose on the 21st-century world, Appleby finds he has (as the blurb says) ‘ignited a global firestorm’ in which, to mix a metaphor, he is hopelessly out of his depth.

Nipping deftly back and forward in time, the author is at his best describing the
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Jo-anne Atkinson
James Appleby is a history lecturer at York University, he has a career of mediocrity mapped out in front of him. Then, as part of his research, he uncovers the story of a massacre of a religious sect in the 16th Century. Further research leads to him uncovering the story of the Harkerites, a humanistic group whose teachings have remained hidden for centuries. Harkerism becomes a worldwide movement through Appleby's research and this triggers terrorist activity.

The story of the Harkerites and th
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Dec 09, 2015 Michael Cordwell rated it it was amazing
Cracking thriller, full of romantic, historical and literary intrigue! Full of insight and wisdom, telling a complex and involving mystery over different time frames, I thoroughly recommend it.
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