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The Meeting

Novel by James Darke (England) 1985.

Now that the notorious witchfinder Robert Monk is dead, tortured by gypsies in the same manner that he tortured his victims, John Ferris is free to live out his life in peace. With his new wife Sarah, he sets off for Virginia to start anew as a colonist. But even in the colonies, witchfinding rears its ugly head shattering Ferris' newly found peace. He must now restart his quest for vengeance against Monk.

As the first four books in this series read as chapters in one longer novel leading inexorably to the assumed death of Robert Monk; The Meeting reads merely as a linking device, to bring back Monk, to introduce new principal characters, and to set the stage for a resumption of Ferris' quest for revenge. Having said that, the story moves well enough and the tension never lets up. And after creating a Guido Smythe in The Escape, Laurence James creates a Guido Smith in The Meeting, a character who reaches a particularly nasty end at the hands of Robert Monk, an end that wouldn't be out of place in many a Guy Smith novel. The only one increasingly annoying habit prevalent throughout the Witches series is the continual overuse of the Christian name 'Jabez' - Quakers, torture victims, louts - how many people of that name could be around in the seventeenth century getting caught up in the exploits of Robert Monk?


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