"What twisted conspiracy is lurking beneath the surface?"
Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted June 16, 2019
Chief Detective Inspector Charles Fields suspects a
conspiracy is afoot after an assassination attempt on
Queen Victoria occurs in 1860. Not everyone is on board
with Fields' conclusions, however. At the heart of the
conspiracy is Charles Darwin and his book on evolution.
Several high-ranking officials and clergy are vehemently
opposed to Darwin's theory and have engaged the services
of a diabolical killer known as the Chlorister. The deck
is firmly stacked against Fields, but he's determined to
stop the Chlorister.
The Chlorister may haunt my nightmares for a while. Time
Mason masterfully crafts one heck of a diabolical killer,
fleshing his character out enough to terrify while still
keeping so much about him in the shadows. The whole
conspiracy hinges on the reader's belief in the sick and
twisted nature of the Chlorister, and Tim Mason makes a
believer out of the reader.
In fact, none of the characters in THE DARWIN AFFAIR are
infallible. In fact, most of the characters are quite
unlikable, which makes it all the more amazing that the
book is practically impossible to put down despite (and
maybe at times even because of) the unpleasantness of the
characters. Tim Mason makes a solid point about how
extreme ideology can destroy even the kindest of people.
THE DARWIN AFFAIR is a dark, twisted historical thriller
that takes readers on a wild and sometimes nightmarish
ride. Tim Mason brilliantly weaves together factual
events with a fictional and overarching conspiracy to
explain how these events intertwine. THE DARWIN AFFAIR is
one heck of a good read!
London, June 1860: When an assassination attempt is made
on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely
murdered moments laterâ€”and only a block awayâ€”Chief
Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that
these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot.
Was Victoria really the assassinâ€™s target? Are those
closest to the Crown hiding something? And who is the
shadowy figure witnesses describe as having lifeless,
Soon, Fieldâ€™s investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy
in which the publication of Charles Darwinâ€™s
controversial On the Origin of Species sets off a string
of murders, arson, kidnapping, and the pursuit of a
madman named the Chorister. As the investigation takes
Field from the dangerous alleyways of London to the
hallowed halls of Oxford, the list of possible
conspirators grows, and the body count escalates. And as
he edges closer to the Chorister, he uncovers dark
secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden.
Tim Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both
Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish
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