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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407068367
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480
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Sea Change




Robert Goddard takes us to eighteenth-century London, Amsterdam and Rome for a spell-binding mystery involving a mysterious package, murder and financial scandal.

It is January 1721. London is reeling from the effects of the greatest financial scandal of the age, the collapse of the South Sea Bubble. William Spandrel, a penniless mapmaker, is offered a discharge of his debts by his principal creditor, Sir Theodore Janssen, a director of the South Sea Company, on one condition: he must secretly convey an important package to a friend of Janssen's, Ysbrand de Vries, in Amsterdam.

The package safely delivered, Spandrel barely survives an attempt on his life, only to be blamed for the murder of de Vries himself. When de Vries's secretary, his English wife and the package itself go missing shortly afterwards, Spandrel realizes that he has become a pawn in several people's games. British Government agents, and others, are on his trail, believing that the mysterious package contained secret details of the great South Sea scandal - secrets so explosive that their publication could spark a revolution in England.

Spandrel's only chance of survival is to recover the package and place its contents in the right hands. But whose are the right hands? And what exactly are the contents?

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  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407068367
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

About the Author

Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire in 1954. He was educated at Price’s School Fareham, and Peterhouse, Cambridge where he read History. He unsuccessfully pursued various career options, finally spending ten years as a local government officer. Frustrated with a lot of contemporary fiction, he set out to write a novel that did what he wanted more novels to do: tell a tightly constructed and densely plotted story engrossingly and satisfyingly. The result was Past Caring and when it became a success he realised that he had, in fact, always been a writer.

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Praise for Sea Change

“'There is more adventure and less mystery in this than in some of Goddard's other books, but the result is engrossing, storytelling of a very high order'”

Observer


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