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At the Sign of the Eagle   By: (1862-1932)

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At the Sign of the Eagle by Gilbert Parker is a captivating historical novel set in the late 18th century, exploring themes of love, loyalty, and political intrigue. The story follows the life of a British spy, a man torn between his duty to his country and his love for a beautiful French woman.

The author's vivid descriptions transport the reader to the tumultuous era of the French Revolution, where loyalties are tested and lives hang in the balance. Parker's attention to detail paints a clear picture of the social and political landscape, adding depth and authenticity to the narrative.

The characters are richly developed, each with their own motivations and secrets. The protagonist, a dashing and honorable spy, grapples with the complexity of his mission and his forbidden romance. His internal conflict is palpable, and the reader becomes fully invested in his journey.

Parker's prose is elegant and evocative, effortlessly capturing the emotions and desires of his characters. The dialogue is vibrant and engaging, giving insight into the thoughts and personalities of the diverse cast. The author's skillful storytelling keeps the plot moving at a brisk pace, making it difficult to put the book down.

The historical backdrop serves as a powerful backdrop for the actions of the characters, adding layers of tension and intrigue. The depiction of espionage and political machinations is both compelling and authentic, highlighting the moral dilemmas faced by those embroiled in a world of secrecy and subterfuge.

While the romance between the two main characters is a central element of the story, it does not overshadow the larger narrative. The novel successfully balances passionate love scenes with intricate plot twists, ensuring that both aspects remain engaging and intertwined.

At the Sign of the Eagle is an engrossing historical novel that seamlessly blends love, adventure, and political drama. Gilbert Parker's skillful writing transports readers to a mesmerizing world full of danger and passion. With its well-crafted characters, impeccable prose, and captivating plot, this book is guaranteed to captivate fans of historical fiction.

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AT THE SIGN OF THE EAGLE

By Gilbert Parker

"Life in her creaking shoes Goes, and more formal grows, A round of calls and cues: Love blows as the wind blows. Blows!..."

"Well, what do you think of them, Molly?" said Sir Duke Lawless to his wife, his eyes resting with some amusement on a big man and a little one talking to Lord Hampstead.

"The little man is affected, gauche, and servile. The big one picturesque and superior in a raw kind of way. He wishes to be rude to some one, and is disappointed because, just at the moment, Lord Hampstead is too polite to give him his cue. A dangerous person in a drawing room, I should think; but interesting. You are a bold man to bring them here, Duke. Is it not awkward for our host?"

"Hampstead did it with his eyes open. Besides, there is business behind it railways, mines, and all that; and Hampstead's nephew is going to the States fortune hunting. Do you see?"

Lady Lawless lifted her eyebrows. "'To what base uses are we come, Horatio!' You invite me to dinner and 'I'll fix things up right.' That is the proper phrase, for I have heard you use it. Status for dollars. Isn't it low? I know you do not mean what you say, Duke."

Sir Duke's eyes were playing on the men with a puzzled expression, as though trying to read the subject of their conversation; and he did not reply immediately... Continue reading book >>




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