The Chosen Man

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
414 Pages
Reviewed on 02/05/2019
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Author Biography

Rogues, rotters, and romance that crosses continents.
J.G. Harlond (Jane) writes page-turning historical crime fiction. Each story is set against a background of real events, combining intrigue, romance, and downright wickedness. Many of her stories examine aspects of power, showing how decisions made in high places can affect the lives of ordinary people. After travelling widely, she is now settled in Coín, southern Spain.
Book 1 in what became 'The Chosen Man Trilogy' began during research for another book at a Tudor fortress in Cornwall, England. Three of the characters made their appearance that day: the wily Ludo da Portovenere sailed up the River Tamar in the prow of a corsair vessel; the evil McNab walked out of the walls of the old Great Hall; and the nasty mother-in-law poked her head out of a portrait. After that, came a lot of new research on tulip mania in Holland, then some enjoyable but challenging hard work to create a story based on real events.

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Reviewed by Louanne Piccolo for Readers' Favorite

The Chosen Man by JG Harlond is an historical novel set in 17th century Europe during the period known as “Tulip Mania”. Tulip bulbs in the Netherlands were fetching incredibly high prices at the time, making many people extremely rich. The story of Ludovico de Portovenere, Marcos and Alina takes place between 1635 and 1637 and leads us in a breathless chase around Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and England. Spain, no longer able to control the Netherlands, enlists the help of the Vatican to bankrupt the tulip market. Ludovico, a charismatic spice merchant, is the perfect agent provocateur for the job. Fearless and enterprising, he must accomplish his mission despite dangerous encounters with pirates and assassins. Can one man succeed in manipulating the fall of the successful tulip market?

JG Harlond spins an exciting tale of romance, intrigue, tragedy and murder in The Chosen Man. The plot is fast paced, the story line is action packed, the tone is amusing, and the characters endearing and larger than life. The Chosen Man made the fall of the tulip market – the first major economic meltdown in history – come alive. Although I was transported back to a time of adventure and swashbuckling action on every page, I was also captivated by the love affair blooming between Ludo and Alina. The theme of men and women struggling to survive in a time of war and uncertainty is based in fact, and makes this captivating novel believable and far richer for it. I was delighted to see that The Chosen Man is the first book in a trilogy; I’m looking forward to reading the others!