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The streets and taverns of Boston before “The Bloody Massacre” were filled with brawls and scrapes, hot words and cold calculations. Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run The Sword and Scabbard, a tavern which is home to both criminal and political intrigue. Each is a fugitive from a dangerous past and their relationship grows fitfully in the midst of historic events. They The streets and taverns of Boston before “The Bloody Massacre” were filled with brawls and scrapes, hot words and cold calculations. Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run The Sword and Scabbard, a tavern which is home to both criminal and political intrigue. Each is a fugitive from a dangerous past and their relationship grows fitfully in the midst of historic events. They remain suspicious of politicians on both sides of the Atlantic, but are eventually caught in the shadow world where politics and crime meet. In the end, Nicholas faces an agonizing choice between saving himself and crippling the march towards the Revolution. Buy the book at http://www.lulu.com/shop/allen-woods/...


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The streets and taverns of Boston before “The Bloody Massacre” were filled with brawls and scrapes, hot words and cold calculations. Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run The Sword and Scabbard, a tavern which is home to both criminal and political intrigue. Each is a fugitive from a dangerous past and their relationship grows fitfully in the midst of historic events. They The streets and taverns of Boston before “The Bloody Massacre” were filled with brawls and scrapes, hot words and cold calculations. Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run The Sword and Scabbard, a tavern which is home to both criminal and political intrigue. Each is a fugitive from a dangerous past and their relationship grows fitfully in the midst of historic events. They remain suspicious of politicians on both sides of the Atlantic, but are eventually caught in the shadow world where politics and crime meet. In the end, Nicholas faces an agonizing choice between saving himself and crippling the march towards the Revolution. Buy the book at http://www.lulu.com/shop/allen-woods/...

45 review for The Sword and Scabbard: Thieves and Thugs and the Bloody Massacre in Boston

  1. 5 out of 5

    Randal White

    Outstanding Historical Fiction! Excellent book! Set in Boston in 1766, this is a historical fiction novel about a young man, Nicholas Gray, trying to make a go of it in America. Gray has been knocked around in his early life, and finds himself as a bartender in a simple saloon in pre-revolutionary Boston. His adventures follow the beginning of the American Revolution. Woods does a great job of weaving the central characters of the time into the story, and introduces the reader into parts of our Outstanding Historical Fiction! Excellent book! Set in Boston in 1766, this is a historical fiction novel about a young man, Nicholas Gray, trying to make a go of it in America. Gray has been knocked around in his early life, and finds himself as a bartender in a simple saloon in pre-revolutionary Boston. His adventures follow the beginning of the American Revolution. Woods does a great job of weaving the central characters of the time into the story, and introduces the reader into parts of our history that were not taught in school. His character development is outstanding! Regarding the main subject, Mr. Gray, I found myself at times feeling sorry for him, or admiring him, or disappointed in him, or wanting to wring his neck. But at no time did he bore me. The other characters, the famous and the "common folk" were interesting as well.This is the first of a series of books that Woods is writing about the American Revolution. I, for one, am eagerly awaiting the next installment. If you are at all interested in American history, I believe that you will love this book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... A few weeks ago I was contacted by Smith Publicity regarding the possibility of a historical fiction book review, I read the summary of the book and was instantly intrigued and wanted to know more – I love reading fiction books about places I have visited and I was lucky enough to visit Boston back in September 2008. Anyone who follows me on Goodreads, Facebook or the Blog will know, I am a massive historical fiction fan and also have a Facebook page with https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... A few weeks ago I was contacted by Smith Publicity regarding the possibility of a historical fiction book review, I read the summary of the book and was instantly intrigued and wanted to know more – I love reading fiction books about places I have visited and I was lucky enough to visit Boston back in September 2008. Anyone who follows me on Goodreads, Facebook or the Blog will know, I am a massive historical fiction fan and also have a Facebook page with several thousand followers on the Tudors. I am also a huge crime fiction fan and this book is a combination of both – my latest review is on the amazing new book ‘The Sword & Scabbard’ by Allen Woods. About The Sword & Scabbard: This book is the first in an exciting new series. The streets and taverns of Boston prior to ‘The Bloody Massacre’ were filled with brawls and scrapes, hot words and cold calculations. Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run The Sword and Scabbard, a tavern that is the centre of both criminal and political scheming. Each is a fugitive from a dangerous past and their relationship grows fitfully in the midst of historic events. The pair remain suspicious of politicians on both sides of the Atlantic, but are eventually caught in a world where politics and crime meet. I was hooked by this book as soon as I started reading it. The way it is written is captivating and I found it to be a real page turner. It had just the right amount of exciting content from threats, thugs, robberies and romance for me. For me the book was gripping, the descriptions used were brilliant and you felt like you were back in the period approaching the Massacre. I really liked the main characters in the book, Nicholas and Maggie and the supporting characters helped to bring the story to life. I have given the book four stars and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am really looking forward to the follow up and to read the rest of the series

  3. 4 out of 5

    Guy Vestal - Counter Culture Critic

    MY REVIEW: So... II got this book in the mail from Smith Publicity, to R&R it, which I glad to do, seeing as it is historical fiction, one of my likes. If you are a fan of historical fiction, especially placed in the landscape of colonial America, then this is for you. The female protagonist (Maggie) is rather flat and boring, which was on for me, because it allowed the male protagonist (Nicholas) to use her to actively further his story. The world building is excellent, there is a lot of landscape t MY REVIEW: So... II got this book in the mail from Smith Publicity, to R&R it, which I glad to do, seeing as it is historical fiction, one of my likes. If you are a fan of historical fiction, especially placed in the landscape of colonial America, then this is for you. The female protagonist (Maggie) is rather flat and boring, which was on for me, because it allowed the male protagonist (Nicholas) to use her to actively further his story. The world building is excellent, there is a lot of landscape to become immersed in ie: mist, darkness, dawn, shutters slamming, etc... There is a lot of showing in landscape, which for me is essential for historical fiction, and the telling associated with the female protagonist, (if you can even really call her that) keeps the male character alive, and involved with the events in the storyline. My only problem would be with the dialogue. It is a mixture of period vocabulary, and modern day post secondary educated vocabulary and storytelling. The main reason it is 3 stars, and not 4. The world building was great, but the character building was hit or miss, with some of the characters, some of the time. A little more focus on the characters being more a part of the landscape itself would solve that easily fixable issue. I used to live in Vermont, so the look and feel of Boston is very well done, historically, 4 stars. Fictionally, 3 stars. It was very nice to be able to revisit my past life in New England, through the accuracy of this writing. The story was engaging, easy to follow, predictable at times, and surprising in others.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Allen Woods, in his novel, “The Sword & Scabbard”, delves into the history of the time prior and during The Bloody Massacre” in pre-Revolutionary War Boston. While we think of our forefathers as patriotic, altruistic gentlemen, the reverse is more to the truth. Actually, the time before the war was a time when liberty and larceny ran hand in hand. The leaders were usually men of wealth and power and used their influence to instigate the flaunting of British authority - this, mostly to secure the Allen Woods, in his novel, “The Sword & Scabbard”, delves into the history of the time prior and during The Bloody Massacre” in pre-Revolutionary War Boston. While we think of our forefathers as patriotic, altruistic gentlemen, the reverse is more to the truth. Actually, the time before the war was a time when liberty and larceny ran hand in hand. The leaders were usually men of wealth and power and used their influence to instigate the flaunting of British authority - this, mostly to secure their positions, businesses and properties to the detriment of their competitors. In this novel we follow Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan who run The Sword and Scabbard, a tavern where on any given night you will find politics and crime the topic of clandestine meetings. Nicholas and Maggie are fugitives from past situations and are drawn into the politics of the period by friends and enemies alike. I was very interested in the history as it is portrayed in this book. I think any history buff will enjoy reading a different kind of novel about our country’s beginning. You may find out who the real Sons of Liberty were. I was sent a print copy of this book by Smith Publicity in return for my honest review. You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-hQ. Other reviews can be found at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Winfield

    I enjoyed reading about this time period. It is seldom that you read a book from before the revolution actually started and from the view point of a common man and not one of the main real people or the rich people of the time. Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run a tavern in Boston. They just try to make the lease payments each month. They have many patrons that are sons of Liberty and others that want to keep the English as their leaders. Nicholas and Maggie have many adventures in this book t I enjoyed reading about this time period. It is seldom that you read a book from before the revolution actually started and from the view point of a common man and not one of the main real people or the rich people of the time. Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run a tavern in Boston. They just try to make the lease payments each month. They have many patrons that are sons of Liberty and others that want to keep the English as their leaders. Nicholas and Maggie have many adventures in this book to try to keep the tavern and not get arrested. I look forward to reading many more adventures with Nichola and Maggie. I received this book from Smith publicity for a fair and honest opinion.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    The Sword and Scabbard: Thieves and Thugs and the Bloody Massacre in Boston was an interesting book. It told a bit about the behind the scenes working of pre-Revolutionary War Boston. There were tales of things that happened in Jamaica, the streets of Boston and within the walls of the Sword and Scabbard. There were brawls, incendiary speeches, thefts and more. I enjoyed the action, the history and the story. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in American history or a brawling go The Sword and Scabbard: Thieves and Thugs and the Bloody Massacre in Boston was an interesting book. It told a bit about the behind the scenes working of pre-Revolutionary War Boston. There were tales of things that happened in Jamaica, the streets of Boston and within the walls of the Sword and Scabbard. There were brawls, incendiary speeches, thefts and more. I enjoyed the action, the history and the story. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in American history or a brawling good book. I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads.

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