Revolutionary France, 1793. When Calvin Tarkington, a young Boston merchant-trader, arrives in Paris on July 4th, he finds a city in turmoil, riven by quarrels between revolutionary factions and threatened by advancing Coalition armies. Calvin’s brother Alexander, the family firm’s representative in France, has disappeared, suspected by a powerful Jacobin official of spyinRevolutionary France, 1793. When Calvin Tarkington, a young Boston merchant-trader, arrives in Paris on July 4th, he finds a city in turmoil, riven by quarrels between revolutionary factions and threatened by advancing Coalition armies. Calvin’s brother Alexander, the family firm’s representative in France, has disappeared, suspected by a powerful Jacobin official of spying for the British. As Calvin seeks to clear his brother’s name, his quest for the truth takes him from elegant townhouses to squalid gambling dens to the secret chambers of the Masonic Lodge of the Seven Sisters. Drawn into a shadowy world of intrigue and betrayal, Calvin becomes the hunted as France lurches toward the Reign of Terror. Rich in historical detail and suspense, The Republic of Virtue tells a compelling story of love, courage, and loyalty set in a dangerous place at a dangerous time—the darkest days of the French Revolution....
|Title||:||The Republic of Virtue|
|Number of Pages||:||366 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Republic of Virtue Reviews
The Tarkingtons, a series of historical novels by Jefferson Flanders that begins with The Republic of Virtue, continues with The Boston Trader.It is an audacious novelist who can so knowingly prefigure the symbolism at the heart of his own work without threatening the success of the entire enterprise. It is fortunate, then, that Flanders is a writer of subtlety and skill. Flanders’ tale the weight not only of the revolution that would tear France apart but also of the war-torn centuries since, the twinned history of progress and bloodshed. The result is a book that is unsettling and, ultimately, optimistic.This story takes place in Paris of the summer of 1793, Surrounded by its enemies, the Republic stood in grave peril. Real people and places are interwoven throughout The Republic of Virtue. Gouverneur Morris, Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, Gilbert Imlay, Peter Ostiquette, Citizen Curtius and his daughter Marie (later the Madame Tussaud of wax museum fame). These people lived in Paris during the summer of 1793. “They are portrayed in a manner consistent, I believe, with their life histories and reflective of their opinions of the contemporary scene.” The Theatre, and the Hotel all once existed at the locations in Paris found in this novel. “The Hotel de Ville, the Ecole Militaire, and the Palais-Royal today retain much of the physical appearance they had in the 1790s.” My favorite quote in the book:“A man in a revolution resolving to do nothing which is not strictlyaccording to established form resembles a man who has lost himself in thewilderness, and who stands crying, ‘Where is the king’s highway? I will walknowhere but on the king’s highway.’ In a wilderness a man must take thetrack which will carry him home.”- Sir John Maynard (1689)
I received this book for free from Goodreads first reads program.I really enjoyed this book I have not seen very many books set in this period of time most books I have read about the french revolution focus more on the earliest days of the revolution. The story blends together new characters with real historical figures to create a lively and very realistic feeling mystery. I particularly enjoyed how at the beginning and end of the book the author set the scene for the book by describing the historical climate for those who are not familiar with the period.
Calvin Tarkington (Boston merchant-trader) arrived in Paris, France on 7/4.1793. Governmental politics, the military & citizens were all in odds of each other.Alexander (Calvin brother, family firm representative) has disappeared & a Jacobin big-shot has accused him of being a spy. Calvin goal is too clear his brother of those charges & the family name. His travels take him to the best/worst parts of Paris. He also encounters the Masons who belong to the Masonic Lodge of the Seven Sisters.Will Calvin be successful? I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. PS & History were 2 of my several undergrad majors. A retired Army I love all things about War. A very awesome book cover, cool map, great font & writing style. Wow, a very well written intense historical fiction after Revolutionary War era book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great after Revolutionary War era movie, or mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Story Cartel; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
Very good historical fiction read about the turmoil during the 4th portion of the French Revolution in Paris in the 1880's. Author does a good job of blending in his fictional characters with actual historical figures and all of the horror of that time, as Dr. Guillotin's device came in to much too frequent use. Lots of spies, treachery, and mystery in the book. Why not a 5*****, well I actually thought the last 10% was boring. Had hardly any interest in the remainder of the book after the mystery was solved, and this could have been a result of the authors switch to what I consider to be a Romantic style as we focus on the main characters love and it just bored me to tears. We knew it would happen, so get on with it and lets not drag it out. But other than that it was a very good first effort by the author, with the book being the first in the Tarkington history series, but which appears to only last one more novel before the authors switches to more modern times. Fast read, Give it a try!
The Republic of Virtue is carefully researched and well-crafted. Jefferson Flanders succeeds in taking the reader forcefully back into Paris in the uncertain period following the French Revolution. Calvin Tarkington's search for his brother, Alexander, exposes France's fading glory under the Jacobins. I was fascinated by the intricate detail and historical accuracy which set the scene without detracting from the story-line.I do think, for those readers unfamiliar with French names, referral to a character list would be beneficial especially if the historical characters were highlighted against the fictional
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways.I found the story to be interesting, although somewhat predictable. I felt at the beginning there was an excessive amount of names, so by the time we found out who had betrayed the Tarkingtons I had already forgotten which character they were based on interactions with Calvin. I may have enjoyed the book more if I was more knowledgeable on the French Revolution. Other than that, it was an enjoyable read.
An interesting mystery against the backdrop of the of the Jacobin takeover of the French Revolution. A good deal of historical information with a decent plot and interesting characters. Calvin Tarkington, an American, trying to negotiate the schemes of political intrigue and romance to find his missing brother in Paris 1793.
Interesting and grippingI enjoyed this one and didn't like to stop reading. It kept me wanting more. The bits of history in this make me want to read more about the period. I think such effects of one book to cause you to want other books whether from that same author or not is really special and important.