The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon


11 Critic Reviews

...thoroughly entertaining entry in a franchise that shows no signs of running out of steam.


Includes a preview of the new novel in the Outlander series.

London, 1760. For Jamie Fraser, paroled prisoner-of-war in the remote Lake District, life could be worse: He’s not cutting sugar cane in the West Indies, and he’s close enough to the son he cannot claim as his own. But Jamie Fraser’s quiet existence is coming apart at the seams, interrupted first by dreams of his lost wife, then by the appearance of Tobias Quinn, an erstwhile comrade from the Rising.
Like many of the Jacobites who aren’t dead or in prison, Quinn still lives and breathes for the Cause. His latest plan involves an ancient relic that will rally the Irish. Jamie is having none of it—he’s sworn off politics, fighting, and war. Until Lord John Grey shows up with a summons that will take him away from everything he loves—again.
Lord John Grey—aristocrat, soldier, and occasional spy—finds himself in possession of a packet of explosive documents that exposes a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Time is of the essence as the investigation leads to Ireland, with a baffling message left in “Erse,” the tongue favored by Scottish Highlanders. Lord John, who oversaw Jacobite prisoners when he was governor of Ardsmiur prison, thinks Jamie may be able to translate—but will he agree to do it?
Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead. A captivating return to the world Diana Gabaldon created in her Outlander and Lord John series, The Scottish Prisoner is another masterpiece of epic history, wicked deceit, and scores that can only be settled in blood.

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About Diana Gabaldon

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Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), and An Echo in the Bone—as well as the Lord John Grey novels Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion; and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.
Published November 29, 2011 by Delacorte Press. 561 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Dec 18 2011
Weeks as Bestseller
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on Jan 15 2012

...thoroughly entertaining entry in a franchise that shows no signs of running out of steam.

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Star Tribune

on Dec 10 2011

With disarming heroes bounding from one exploit to the next, this book brings to mind the racy picaresque novels of Daniel Defoe and Henry Fielding.

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on Dec 23 2011

Her characters are amazing, her plots are rich and full of action and character development, and this lady is one of the greats when it comes to telling a damned fine story.

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Book Reporter

on Dec 15 2011

As always, Gabaldon goes above and beyond in the entertainment department, and this book will probably be a fast read for fans of the series.

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Globe and Mail

on Dec 16 2011

Call it what you will – historical adventure, conspiracy thriller – it’s an engrossing story, masterfully paced, with exciting plot twists...

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...Gabaldon brilliantly combines strong characters, breathtaking historical events, epic escapades and deception to create an unforgettable read.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

on Apr 29 2012

This is a violent, bawdy trip through the past. It's a tale that demands concentration - but also rewards it.

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Look At OKC

Above average
on Jan 29 2012 is a good adventure story and a good look at life in 18th-century England.

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The National


...the plot is a well-balanced mix...The third-person narration shifts between Fraser and Lord John himself, allowing for interesting glimpses into the rising tension soaking the duo's interactions...

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on Dec 04 2011

...romance, skullduggery, patriotic fervor, ancient languages and spirits on the moor. The Scottsdale, Ariz., author knows what will keep her readers asking for more.

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Portland Book Review

on Dec 27 2012

If you’re looking for highly enjoyable escapism, and a historical author who values accuracy, although not at expense of the plot, you’re in the right place.

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