Brock's Agent

Brock's Agent

Book - 2011
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In 1811, while Great Britain was battling Napoleon, Thomas Jefferson declared that seizing British North America would be a mere matter of marching, but Jefferson hadn't counted on British Major General Issac Brock. Brock moulded a reluctant citizenry, the natives, and his meagre army of 1500 redcoats into a fighting force. The future of North America would hang on the outcome.
Publisher: Markham, Ontario : Hancock and Dean, c2011
ISBN: 9780986896101
Branch Call Number: FIC Taylo
Characteristics: 346 p


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Dec 26, 2012

Johnathan Westlake is the sole heir to the Westlake Trading company. He is also a bit of ne‘er-do-well, charging into situations when he should leave well enough alone. This lands him in trouble, forcing his mother to turn to Sir Issac Brock for help. Brock turn Westlake into a spy and messenger, sending him deep into American territory on the eve of the war of 1812. Can Westlake rally the native forces to the British side in time to save Canada?

Brock‘s agent is that rarest of things. a Canadian historical thriller in the style of James Clavell or John Jakes. It is full of the romance, melodrama and violence this genre requires. But it also suffers the flaws of this genre. Some of the villains are Victorian melodrama evil and Westlake is also a bit too noble to be believed.

Still, the story is well paced, with lots of action. Fun read.

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