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The Turncoat by TJ London
Narrator: Tara Langella, Patrick Zeller, Marnye Young, John Hartley, James Cheatham, Nicholas Boulton, Shayna Small, Kale Williams, Samantha Brentmoor, Adam Gold, Connor Crais, Dane Anderson
Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga #3
Published by Self-Published on July 30, 2023
Genres: Historical Romance
Length: 22 hours, 50 minutes
Source: Publicity team
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After Captain John Carlisle’s dance with death, he’s retreated to the serenity of the Oneida village with his beloved Dellis McKesson to hide from the inevitable truth that war is coming to the Mohawk River Valley. But when duty calls, and John’s expertise is needed to negotiate a treaty with the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Crown, he’ll once again be forced to decide between his conscience and his king.
But many secrets have yet to be revealed, and a deal with the Devil made in desperation threatens to ruin Dellis and John’s love. As ghosts of the past resurface and a bitter family rivalry exposes betrayal from those closest to her, Dellis is dragged down a devastating path to the truth of her parent’s murders.
The die is cast as St. Leger and his native allies lay siege to Fort Stanwix. The British are planning a secret attack that will force the Rebels and the Oneida into a bloody battle at Oriskany, further dividing John’s loyalties and leaving him on the precipice of a decision: Rebel or Redcoat?
I am always excited to get a new audio from this author. It’s weird because I don’t read much historical fiction other than fantasy. So far I have avoided looking up what really happened with this series but after this one I couldn’t resist. I think The Turncoat takes place during the summer of 1777. The actual battle at Fort Stanwix happened the first days of August 1777. The Revolutionary War is one of my favorite time periods to read and most of the characters are not real people other than the leaders of the armies. However, I do wonder about who the native Americans supported and what happened to them. Obviously, the Americans won eventually and did not treat natives well.
The previous books have focused on John Carlisle, a captain in the British army. He is estranged from his family. He is not perfect but works and tries so hard to do the right things. It is heartbreaking to see how others use him and how often he is injured. His wife, Dellis is in the Oneida tribe, and he joins when he marries her. She runs hot and cold on John which is another stress for him. Her tribe decides to fight with the Americans (against the British) as her cousin, Alexei has been doing.
Alexei’s father, James McKesson has long been stealing from Dellis and really anyone he can cheat. He wants to see his brother, Dane dead. He’s not a fan of his son, Alexei either. I hate James with a passion and I’ve not been overly fond of Alexei. Another horrid character is Mrs. Allen who wants John in her bed and as an investor in her brothel again. John has no interest. She courts many different British gentlemen and officers, including McKesson. She manipulates everyone for information to find investors and information she can sell or trade.
There were many horrific fights and battles which it is shocking people survived with the medicine in that time period. I was so afraid my loved characters would not survive. And there are those who don’t survive.
An emotional story with lots of action, military strategy, and some very hot and steamy interludes, The Turncoat is an excellent addition to the Rebels & Redcoats Saga. At the end of this audio, was a brief clip from the next audio, The Rebel being released in 2024. It features Alexei’s story and begins in April 1777 about four months before the end of this book.
I really enjoyed all the narration of a full cast. I do know that one of my favorite narrators, Steve West, was replaced here by Kale Williams. I was a little apprehensive because I don’t always do well when that happen. Kale Williams did an excellent job and I really appreciated his performance. The narrator for Mrs. Allen, Maryne Young, is also perfect and I hate her with all my passion. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
Kale Williams-John Carlisle
Tara Langella-Dellis McKesson
Patrick Zeller-James McKesson, Roger DeLancie
Marnye Young-Celeste Allen
John Hartley-Major Tomlinson, Gavin Carlisle Jr
James Cheatham- Joseph and various voices
Nicholas Boulton-Dane McKesson
Samantha Brentmoor-Lady Wilhelmina Tomlinson
Adam Gold-Alexei McKesson
Connor Crais-Eagle Eyees
Dane Anderson- Patrick Armstrong
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