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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Swordpoint by David Crane is a historical novel set against the backdrop of a turbulent period in French history, the 18th century; a story that follows the path of an unusually skilled character, Eugene Francois Vidocq, a thief and a hunted man in search of redemption. He is a skilled swordsman and one who negotiates his path with wit. No wonder that he quickly gets himself under the covers of women's beds. The agents of the French Revolution want his head on a platter and Napoleon’s allies hold him in great disdain. Everywhere he turns, he meets with enemies. Now he has to negotiate his way out — not in his customary way, but with the sword — by becoming the fugitive who hunts other fugitives for justice. Follow this character on a slippery path as he seeks redemption, but can he succeed against the obstacles facing him?
David Crane transports the reader to an exciting historical period and introduces them to characters that are equally exciting and compelling. From the very beginning of the story, the reader is introduced to the protagonist and some of the memorable characters in a scene where the dialogue is great and well-crafted. The reader follows the story as it moves from one intense and action-packed scene to another, featuring passionate love affairs, duels, stabbings-in-the-back, and narrow escapes that only the likes of Vidocq can orchestrate. The writing is awesome and the characters are well-developed. One feels as though they were reliving a part of French history, thanks to the author’s gift for setting. Swordpoint is a roller coaster ride packed with more surprises than readers might expect to find in an ordinary book. You won’t be able to put this one down.