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"L'Orme" by George Payne Rainsford James is a captivating historical novel set in France during the tumultuous years of the French Revolution. The story follows the protagonist, a young nobleman named Gaston, as he navigates the dangerous political landscape of the time while trying to protect his family and loved ones.

James does a fantastic job of immersing the reader in the sights, sounds, and political intrigue of Revolutionary France. His attention to detail and vivid descriptions bring the historical setting to life, making it easy to imagine oneself walking alongside the characters through the streets of Paris or the lush countryside.

The plot is filled with unexpected twists and turns, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat as Gaston faces one challenge after another. The characters are well-developed and complex, each with their own motivations and desires that drive the story forward.

Overall, "L'Orme" is a gripping and engaging novel that offers a unique perspective on a turbulent time in French history. Fans of historical fiction and political intrigue will surely enjoy this well-written and compelling tale.

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G.P.R. James was a historian and novelist, who took well-documented historical events and characters and wove stories around minor or imaginary actors in the events. In this work, set in seventeenth century France, we follow the adventures of young Louis, heir to the Count of Bigorre, after an encounter with the vindictive Marquis de Saint Brie forces him into exile. The tale wends its way inexorably towards the Battle of Marfee in the 30 years War and the death of the Count of Soissons in a failed coup against the much hated minister, Cardinal de Richelieu. Young love, a brush with the law, card sharks, a deadly avalanche-- life is definitely interesting for the young adventurer.

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