Review & Giveaway: Man of War by T.J. London

Man of War by T.J. London

Publication Date: April 14, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 681 Pages

Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, Book #4
Genre: Historical Fiction

The man who wants everything gets nothing…

July 1755

War is brewing between England and France. Impressed into the Royal Navy, Lieutenant Merrick, against all odds, advanced through the ranks to become an officer—but he is not a gentleman. A man with a tainted past from a traitorous family, cast down by King George—a stain no man can remove.

Merrick’s thrust into the role of captain, when the HMS Boudica is attacked by pirates off the coast of Nova Scotia. On a captured enemy vessel he discovers a King’s ransom in treasure and a woman chained in the hold from passenger ship that mysteriously disappeared at sea.

Beautiful, defiant, and hell bent on revenge, India makes a deal with Merrick to uncover the pirates’ scheme, promising him everything he desires: fortune, glory, and the chance to bring honor back to the McKesson name.

Now, they race against time to uncover a plot that links those in the highest ranks of the British aristocracy, to a failed rebellion that is once again trying to topple the monarchy and place an old pretender on the throne. But all that glitters is not gold as passions stir and an impossible love blooms, threatening to undermine all Merrick and India have done to protect their King and a country on the brink of war.

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I guess it's good that's it's Friday because I am courting a massive book hangover today! I stayed up late last night to finish up Man of War by TJ London and it was totally and utterly worth it! I will apologize upfront because there is no way my review will do this book justice.

I am a huge fan of London's Rebels and Redcoats series and have loved every book, but I think this one might be my favorite yet! The series has everything that makes a historical novel perfect - history, action, adventure, romance, and intrigue. The book kicks off instantly with action as Merrick and his men battle the French aboard the British ship, the HMS Boudica, and Merrick becomes Captain when the last one perishes in the fight.

When we meet Caroline she is being held prisoner in the hull of the ship after being kidnapped while on her way to meet her betrothed, horrifically treated by her captors and shackled. She is rescued by Merrick and his men and he promises to help bring her abusers to justice.

What London does best is to create characters that are multi-faceted and complex - they aren't black and white/good or evil. They have flaws which make them easier to relate to and to endear yourself to. Merrick and India were amazing characters! Merrick is hardened but with a big heart who is making the best out of the life that was thrust upon him.

"I never wanted to be a warrior. I should like to have known peace, but that was not my destiny."

Caroline/India is a fascinating woman - tough yet vulnerable, and stubborn as all hell, which I loved about her but dang that woman could be frustrating! Ha!

"There's no winning for a woman. Without her virtue, she's nothing, but when it's stolen from her, she is even less-even in death."

The secondary characters are just as intriguing, and of course, the HMS Boudica is a character all in herself. And what a ship she is!

London's writing is always stellar but this book is next level amazing! The amount of research she did just on the Naval ship alone must have been staggering!

I could not love this book more and highly, highly recommend this entire series! I could see this book being a fantastic movie. Paging Netflix!

About the Author

T.J. London is a rebel, liberal, lover, fighter, diehard punk, and pharmacist-turned-author who loves history. As an author her goal is to fill in the gaps, writing stories about missing history, those little places that are so interesting yet sadly forgotten. Her favorite time periods to write in are first and foremost the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, the French and Indian War, the Russian Revolution and the Victorian Era. Her passions are traveling, writing, reading, barre, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends, while she collects experiences in this drama called life. She is a native of Metropolitan Detroit (but secretly dreams of being a Londoner) and resides there with her husband Fred and her beloved cat and writing partner Mickey.

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