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2015. Dr. Quinn Allenby thinks she’s seen it all, but when the remains of a young woman and her newborn are discovered in a cave in Cornwall, the only clue to her death is a smooth-edged hole in the top of the skull and the indisputable evidence that the victim was still alive, and possibly in labor, when the coffin was sealed. Torn between her professional commitments and 2015. Dr. Quinn Allenby thinks she’s seen it all, but when the remains of a young woman and her newborn are discovered in a cave in Cornwall, the only clue to her death is a smooth-edged hole in the top of the skull and the indisputable evidence that the victim was still alive, and possibly in labor, when the coffin was sealed. Torn between her professional commitments and her desperate need to find her missing twin, Quinn agrees to a daring plan, one that will lead to the Taliban-occupied mountains of Afghanistan and the snow-covered alps of Germany. 1620. After suffering years of abuse at the hands of her uncle, Mary takes the ultimate risk and sails for the New World, where the promise of a new life and an arranged marriage to a colonist await. Mary is determined to make her marriage a success, but her husband’s indifference drives her straight into the arms of the one man she thought she could never love.


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2015. Dr. Quinn Allenby thinks she’s seen it all, but when the remains of a young woman and her newborn are discovered in a cave in Cornwall, the only clue to her death is a smooth-edged hole in the top of the skull and the indisputable evidence that the victim was still alive, and possibly in labor, when the coffin was sealed. Torn between her professional commitments and 2015. Dr. Quinn Allenby thinks she’s seen it all, but when the remains of a young woman and her newborn are discovered in a cave in Cornwall, the only clue to her death is a smooth-edged hole in the top of the skull and the indisputable evidence that the victim was still alive, and possibly in labor, when the coffin was sealed. Torn between her professional commitments and her desperate need to find her missing twin, Quinn agrees to a daring plan, one that will lead to the Taliban-occupied mountains of Afghanistan and the snow-covered alps of Germany. 1620. After suffering years of abuse at the hands of her uncle, Mary takes the ultimate risk and sails for the New World, where the promise of a new life and an arranged marriage to a colonist await. Mary is determined to make her marriage a success, but her husband’s indifference drives her straight into the arms of the one man she thought she could never love.

30 review for The Condemned

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey McKnight

    In 1620, England is trying to stabilize their new colony in Virginia and women are asked to go to the New World to marry men they've never met and start families. Mary is terrified to leave the only home she's ever known, but it's the only way to escape her abusive uncle. She bonds with her fellow wives during the voyage, but her intended is less than she hoped. A chance meeting in the forest with a stranger gives her hope her life could be something more. But in a time of unrest in Virginia, a In 1620, England is trying to stabilize their new colony in Virginia and women are asked to go to the New World to marry men they've never met and start families. Mary is terrified to leave the only home she's ever known, but it's the only way to escape her abusive uncle. She bonds with her fellow wives during the voyage, but her intended is less than she hoped. A chance meeting in the forest with a stranger gives her hope her life could be something more. But in a time of unrest in Virginia, a step in the wrong direction could be deadly.
 In 2015, Quinn is called to a seaside cave, where a skeleton is found, evidence of a crude medical procedure and a birth evident. But she can't focus on the body when she receives news that her twin sister is missing. Through war-torn Afghanistan, Germany, and colonial Virginia, Quinn isn't just reconstructing the life of a long-dead woman, but her own reality as the puzzle pieces of her past fall into place.
 The historical work Shapiro puts into her writing is always fantastic. People have the idea of colonists who went to the New World as happy families who grew corn alongside the indigenous people and loved in cozy cabins. The truth is messier with colonial aggression, "main order brides," and a history that paints the settlers in a less than flattering light. Then there's this bit about the lost colony of Roanoke that had me going down a research wormhole, something I always enjoy.
 On the question of the Native Americans (Side note, I use this term as this is what my husband and his family describe themselves as. Others may dislike this term and we should take individual wishes into consideration.) described in this book, I always hold my breath when someone is introduced. Since going to college and marring my husband, I've learned more about tribal culture and the backstories of forced relocations and "re-education." So I'm always a bit annoyed with how some books "fetishize" the Native experience. But Shapiro didn't do that. The ones seen in the book were written as actual people with real struggles. The added conversations surrounding the differing religions and social hierarchies was also true to form, and I really appreciate the added depth.
 Overall, I thought this book was amazing. Between the narrative talent of Wendy Wolfson, the sweeping storyline, and the twist near the end that left me reeling, this installment was another hit.


  2. 5 out of 5

    Tialisa

    I just love Quinn and how her life has evolved throughout these novels. This novel in particular helps tie up a lot of Quinn's personal loose ends. Each novel starts with someone's demise and then the story gets unraveled throughout. How on earth did the corpse of a woman who clearly gave birth in a coffin end up in a cave in Cornwall? Let's top it off knowing that Mary jumped on a ship heading to America knowing she would be marrying a stranger as soon as she disembarked. How on earth did she I just love Quinn and how her life has evolved throughout these novels. This novel in particular helps tie up a lot of Quinn's personal loose ends. Each novel starts with someone's demise and then the story gets unraveled throughout. How on earth did the corpse of a woman who clearly gave birth in a coffin end up in a cave in Cornwall? Let's top it off knowing that Mary jumped on a ship heading to America knowing she would be marrying a stranger as soon as she disembarked. How on earth did she get back to England? Who's baby did she give birth to? Being a history buff I really appreciated the picture of America in its infancy and how puritanical it started out. Ms. Shapiro is an amazing storyteller and some of the deaths are disturbing in spite of them being centuries old. I am so incredibly happy I found Irina Shapiro's books and I'm exceptionally happy that she has enough books to keep me occupied until I can hear from Quinn again. Great job!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nisareen

    1620: Having suffered years of abuse at the hands of her uncle, Mary takes a leap of faith and sets out for the New World where the promise of a new life and an arranged marriage to a colonist await. Despite Mary’s attempts to make her marriage a success, however, her husband’s indifference soon drives her into the arms of another man. 2015: When the skeletal remains of a woman and her newborn are discovered in a cave in Cornwall, the only clue to her death is a hole in her skull and indisputabl 1620: Having suffered years of abuse at the hands of her uncle, Mary takes a leap of faith and sets out for the New World where the promise of a new life and an arranged marriage to a colonist await. Despite Mary’s attempts to make her marriage a success, however, her husband’s indifference soon drives her into the arms of another man. 2015: When the skeletal remains of a woman and her newborn are discovered in a cave in Cornwall, the only clue to her death is a hole in her skull and indisputable evidence that she gave birth to her infant while she was sealed in her coffin. As Quinn tries to ascertain the identity of the woman, she receives news of a possible lead on her twin sister Jo, a lead that will compel her to travel to the Taliban-occupied mountains of Afghanistan. Will her dream of meeting her twin be realised and more importantly, will Jo be forthcoming? The Condemned is the 6th instalment of the compelling Echoes from the Past series. Once again, the author has beguiled us with the tragic story of the doomed Mary, who sails to Virginia in the hopes of a new life. We are given a glimpse of what life was like for the early English settlers as they tried to establish a colony. Fans of the tv show, Jamestown will relate in particular. As always, it was great catching up with Quinn as she juggles motherhood while searching for her twin and unraveling the mystery of her latest case. The way her character has evolved throughout the series has been a revelation. It’s hard not to be invested in characters we have come to know and love. This is another solid addition to what has been an exceptional series. The author has done an exceptional job of seamlessly weaving the past and the present. I received an advanced free audible copy of The Condemned and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Wendy Wolfson has once again masterfully brought the characters and story to life with her clear, concise narration. She is one of my favourite narrators for sure. I recommend this series for fans of historical fiction, dual time mysteries and psychic gifts.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Hallelujah!!! Dr. Quinn, Archaeology woman, finally makes a sensible decision. And bravo Gabe for not putting up with her nonsense. SPOILER ALERT: Quinn manages to NOT (view spoiler)[run off to a Taliban infested war-zone in Afghanistan, leaving her infant son; adopted daughter; and new husband, to chase a sister she has never met and may not even want to meet her. (hide spoiler)] It was somewhere between 3 and 3.5* for me. The story is good, creative and unique. There are many twists and turns Hallelujah!!! Dr. Quinn, Archaeology woman, finally makes a sensible decision. And bravo Gabe for not putting up with her nonsense. SPOILER ALERT: Quinn manages to NOT (view spoiler)[run off to a Taliban infested war-zone in Afghanistan, leaving her infant son; adopted daughter; and new husband, to chase a sister she has never met and may not even want to meet her. (hide spoiler)] It was somewhere between 3 and 3.5* for me. The story is good, creative and unique. There are many twists and turns along with a solid ending and an epilogue (view spoiler)[(though I imagine I am not the only reader that would like clarity on Walker's actual fate). (hide spoiler)] Unfortunately the writing in this one seems to lack the attention to detail that the other books have had. There was decent character development in the modern day MCs (evolving from the earlier books). However, the historical MCs and their story didn't feel fully fleshed out. (view spoiler)[I really struggled with Mary's flawed moral logic that it was her Christian duty to stay with her husband who is cheating on her (with a man), but never seemed to struggle with her adulterous affair because she was in love. Somehow she felt that was entirely acceptable in the eyes of god? (hide spoiler)] I really wish the author had invested more time detailing their love story. I wanted to fall in love with them. I wonder if the book may have been rushed to publish quickly. It could have used a bit more scrutiny. There are several anachronisms and critical points in the timeline changed and made for a confusing read/listen. (view spoiler)[Whose indenture was purchased first, Travesty or Simon? What happened to Travesty's unwavering loyalty to John for rescuing her? A secondary character's name changed so many times, one moment she is "Patience", then "Prudence" and then back to "Patience" again. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debra McGuire

    Another winner by Shapiro I chose this rating because Irina once again delivered exactly what she always delivers: a good, solid story. This series stars an archaeologist who is, unbeknownst to most, a psychic. She solves the cause of death from the past by touching something that once belonged to that person, and that information is presented in a TV series as a fictional account. The historical mystery is combined with her growing family and life in the present...can’t wait for the next install Another winner by Shapiro I chose this rating because Irina once again delivered exactly what she always delivers: a good, solid story. This series stars an archaeologist who is, unbeknownst to most, a psychic. She solves the cause of death from the past by touching something that once belonged to that person, and that information is presented in a TV series as a fictional account. The historical mystery is combined with her growing family and life in the present...can’t wait for the next installment!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    Another great installment in the Echoes from the Past series. Ms. Shapiro, as usual, does an amazing job of weaving the past and present together and making you feel as if you are in the past with the characters. The only thing I did not like about this book was the past love story. I just didn't feel the actual connection between the two this time. It didn't feel real, or there just wasn't enough information about the characters interactions for me to actually believe the two had fallen in love Another great installment in the Echoes from the Past series. Ms. Shapiro, as usual, does an amazing job of weaving the past and present together and making you feel as if you are in the past with the characters. The only thing I did not like about this book was the past love story. I just didn't feel the actual connection between the two this time. It didn't feel real, or there just wasn't enough information about the characters interactions for me to actually believe the two had fallen in love. Other than that it is truly a great book with tons of great history.

  7. 4 out of 5

    NanaShauna Joesten

    This is a fantastic series. Quinn an archeologist works with dicovering what happened to people in the past. In this read she goes looking for twin sister that she was seperated from after birth. This is a very riveting story with twists and turns. That captivated me from start to finish. The Narrator does a Fantastic at bringing the characters out. The Author does a fantastic job at bringing the read to fruition. I definitely recommend this listen. And the series. Shauna Joesten

  8. 4 out of 5

    Olga Tobin

    Horrible and sad This book are to heavy and sad. I like to read to relax and enjoy a good time. But this book just depressed me. We have to many horrors in the world, the last thing I want is to read something so horrifying when I look to relax, I really hate wasting my time with the series. And with someone with a photographic memory is hard to get out of my mind all those sad and painful memories portraits in this series. I will keep my self away of this author.

  9. 5 out of 5

    HILARY ANDERSON - BELL

    I love this series of books and this one does not disappoint as usual Dr Quinn revisits the past via a possession of a long dead person. This one is set in Virginia at the very beginning of the first settlers. Fans of the tv series Jamestown will love this.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Best story yet! I have enjoyed all the books in this series but this one surpasses the others. Thanks to the author for delivering a story that kept me reading through the night. I look forward to the next one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angela Bodart

    Another wonderful book from Irina Shapiro, I have read all this series and everyone brilliant can’t wait for next one to come out. She truly is gifted as all her stories are gripping and you just can’t put them down.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    An exciting yet emotional story I love this series. The author brilliantly weaves her tales and leaves me fully invested in the characters, those living and those gone but not forgotten.

  13. 5 out of 5

    darlene

    I love this series of books and this one does not disappoint. Quinn revisits the past using a possession of a long dead person. I love that it takes place in a settlement when Virginia was starting out. I can hardly wait for her next book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Clara L.

    Excellent as usual! Everything I’ve ever read by Ms Shapiro has been wonderful and keeps me coming back for more. She brings all her characters to life and takes the reader to the places she describes. I am so excited for the release of book 7!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debra Reedy

    I really love these books. If you’ve read them then you know that there is always a dual timeline in each book. The part of the book that takes place in the past is so very compelling but almost always so tragic. I always feel a little hollow when I have finished one of these books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    MaryJane Rings

    Good story of a continuing series by the author of an archeologist with paranormal abilities to solve mysterious events of the past. It also follows the main character's family and their connection to an extended family. Good story of a continuing series by the author of an archeologist with paranormal abilities to solve mysterious events of the past. It also follows the main character's family and their connection to an extended family.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marylin Vallis

    excellent as are all irina shapiro books Excellent read as are all of this author's books. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading excellent as are all irina shapiro books Excellent read as are all of this author's books. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Stone

    I enjoy all of this author’s books, especially this series. This book was no exception. I cared about all the characters and look forward to reading more of Quinn’s adventures.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cooper

    Another Awesome Read Another great Echoes installment from my favorite author. Keep up the great story telling Ms. Shapiro! I am looking forward to Book 7.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Kline

    Quinn carries the story The subplots of her family members are good, as well. I have come to look forward to each new book. It works for me to let the dead tell their own tales.

  21. 4 out of 5

    kimberly jacobs

    Fun Love this series the only problem is they end way to fast I have loved all her books nice beach Read

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Pantaze

    Great! I have been enjoying this whole series. It combines time travel and history...which I really like. I will read all books Irina writes in this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Farrell

    Sickening Such horrible events and with no retribution or justice or hope felt like I read this for zero pay off

  24. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Brilliant I have loved this series i hope it is not the last one if you like history and modern these are the books for you

  25. 5 out of 5

    kathleen wright

    Beleavable I couldn't put it down A great read delight and sorrow. What a mix. How she ended up in a cave? Well you need to find out your self!! Beleavable I couldn't put it down A great read delight and sorrow. What a mix. How she ended up in a cave? Well you need to find out your self!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mr Tony Hawkes

    Absolutely gripping!!! Id recommend this series of books to anyone who enjoys something they can't put down. Wonderful characters that feel so real. I can't wait for the next book!! Absolutely gripping!!! Id recommend this series of books to anyone who enjoys something they can't put down. Wonderful characters that feel so real. I can't wait for the next book!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Excellent series I've enjoyed this series so much and admire the talent it takes to write two stories and keep the reader interested. Thanks so much for a wonderful series! Excellent series I've enjoyed this series so much and admire the talent it takes to write two stories and keep the reader interested. Thanks so much for a wonderful series!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Greene

    Really good stories but I keep hoping for a happy ending.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Loretta bedus

    Quick and fun Easy to read and interesting. It’s been fun to get to know Quinn and her family. Enjoy the journey into the past!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Judy Archer

    Keep them coming These books just get better and better. This was so eye opening especially with the connection to the Post Colony of Roanoke. Loved it!

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