Brock's Agent by Tom TaylorBrock's Agent by Tom Taylor

Brock's Agent

byTom Taylor

Paperback | May 12, 2011

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It’s the eve of the War of 1812.

Thomas Jefferson declares that it’s a “mere matter of marching” for the United States to seize Upper Canada

After witnessing the Battle of Tippecanoe, Jonathan Westlake, a young man ready to make his mark, returns home to York [now Toronto] from a successful fur trading expedition. Intervening in a scuffle to save a young woman’s life, he appears to have killed her stepfather. To escape arrest for murder, Westlake is now forced to join the British Army and pose as a fur trader while on a secret mission for Major General Isaac Brock.
 In a frantic search for the girl he rescued, down Georgian Bay to Fort Detroit, Westlake discovers treachery in his own family circle. His friends, a French Canadian named Lapointe and a Shawnee native called Paxinos, will remain loyal to him in a battle that may cost all of them their lives.
 As nations and men struggle for military supremacy in North America, the principal characters fight to the death over love, independence, and a fortune in furs.

Title:Brock's AgentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.92 inPublished:May 12, 2011Publisher:Gift Force IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0986896101

ISBN - 13:9780986896101

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from a fun read I must admit that I don't usually read historical fiction. However, I quite liked this book. The plot moved along well, the book didn't get bogged down with historical minutia, the prose was richly descriptive without becoming "purple", the cover is beautiful, and it was all in all a very workmanlike piece of work. As I mentioned previously, I don't typically read historical fiction but I just ordered the next 3 books in the series on the strength of this book.
Date published: 2014-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This book deserves all of the 5 star ratings. It is exciting right from the start. The characters are all interesting and unique. I don't get what the poor rating here is all about... The characters often speak in slang or simply incorrectly, but that reflects their level of education (the brothers were written especially well, even though they were the small town hicks). I am so glad that I gave this book a chance. It really is reminiscent of the Sharpe books. I can't wait to read Brock's Railroad and am looking forward to any others in the series. Hopefully it will become a series!
Date published: 2012-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The War of 1812 Meets The Bourne Identity A fight to the death against the backdrop of one of Canada's most important periods in history. Well done !
Date published: 2012-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best action adventure This was action adventure from start to finish. Fantastic story well written. I have a new hero and his name is Jonathan Westlake.
Date published: 2012-04-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great topic, poor storytelling After reading the 5-star reviews I ordered this book, excited about reading some Canadian history. And that, I feel, is the problem here. I agree it's great to read about this country's history, but that alone does not a good book make. In other words, the topic is great, but the storytelling is sorely lacking. And I feel that perhaps some reviewers have let the topic rule their evaluation of this book. Perhaps. The characters often act... unnaturally is the word that best describes this, I guess. Their actions seem so random at times, weird and in-congruent with the situation. The same with the dialog between characters. As if they are not listening. Again, unnatural describes this best. Many times I've raised my eyebrows at the odd illogical twists in dialog, to the point that sometimes it felt neither character was speaking to each other, but rather mumbling to themselves about thoughts and emotions not broached in the supposed 'dialog'. And then there's the lack of fluidity in the storytelling. One feels as if the writer rushed through certain parts and is only telling you random tidbits strung together in order to create some sense of story. And what would be the exciting parts, they are introduced and narrated in such a matter of fact way that the excitement is drained out of it. The story fails to engage the reader, entirely. These three problems make the whole feel extremely disjointed and for me it was very hard to care about the characters.
Date published: 2012-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get this! Brock's Agent is an action-packed, adventure story with a solid cast of characters. It didn't stop. There was something for every reader: humour, action, suspense, war, a love interest and a main character that you were rooting for from the first page. Truly an engaging read.
Date published: 2011-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping! The adventurous Jonathan Westlake embarks on an epic journey that brings the reader into surreal world of the 1800’s in Upper Canada. Through battles, treachery and his secret mission I was always left wanting to see what was going to happen next. Jonathan’s love for adventure and his love for the women he saved from certain death created the perfect setting for a thrilling story; author Tom Taylor does not disappoint!
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from " . . . A PROPULSIVE HISTORICAL NOVEL . . ." -The Globe and Mail The War of 1812 is one of the signal events in Canadian history, so it’s somewhat surprising it hasn’t generated more fiction. That deficit is partially remedied in Brock’s Agent, a propulsive historical novel that begins on the eve of that war, as a chest-thumping expansionist U.S. sees easy pickings in the north and yet another chance to tweak the noses of the British. Young Jonathan Westlake is returning to York from a fur-trading expedition when he’s forced to flee a possible murder charge. He joins the British army as a spy for Isaac Brock, who was responsible for the defence of Canada. The testing of loyalties, the struggle for continental supremacy, and a search for love and furs are at the centre of this ripping yarn. -The Globe and Mail, Toronto
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jonathon Westlake has stolen my heart! I was curious to read a bit of what my husband picked up at the store. Yet another history book! HOWEVER, I started to read a bit of this book and found myself reading the rest of it on the weekend. Jonathon Westlake has stolen my heart! He has given my husband a run for his money! This book will leave you wanting more. What a great romance....Men take notes! - Susan Krolick, Toronto, Ontario
Date published: 2011-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who says Canadian History isn't exciting? Not Tom Taylor. Finally, historical fiction where I recognized the Canadian place names, where the characters are multi-dimentional; strong, flawed, intelligent, sober, drunk, philosophical, uneducated - in a phrase, real and varied. There are British, different tribes of Natives and Europeans from every country. There's beautiful and dangerous country, kindness and murder. It's high adventure with real people that I came to care about. And if I didn’t come to like them, at least I understood them. So, here it is, a story of a young man, Jonathon Westlake, adventuring all over Upper Canada and the Northern United States, getting entangled with the brilliant and interesting Major General Isaac Brock, whose actions and intelligence changed the map of North America. There’s the brilliant native chief, Tecumseh. And there’s the native tribes struggling to survive against settlers and armies who are trying to do the same. Tom Taylor tells the story in a way that just tells the facts, so whether you’re a Brit, a French Canadian, a Native Indian, or an American, you think he’s telling your story. Oh, and there’s young and old romance running through it too. It’s got it all. L.S. Kaufman, Kingston, Ontario
Date published: 2011-05-16