Book Review: The Hawk Legacy by Andrew Langley

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All families have secrets… but Jax’s family may hold the clues to a lost fortune.

Disabled veteran Jack ‘Jax’ Brett is a broken man after leaving the army. A clue left by his late grandfather gives him new purpose – uncovering long-lost family links to an ancestor who fought in the Jacobite Rising of 1745 and whose experience of war was similar to his own. Digging deeper into his family’s military past reveals a trail to a stolen gold hoard. Somewhere around a remote Scottish loch, a fortune in Jacobite gold waits for Jax to find it.

Jax embarks on a journey that takes him from the glens of the Highlands to the glittering shores of the Caribbean. In recovering ancient gold, he might fulfil his family’s legacy. But Jax is not alone. Others are hunting for the treasure… and danger lurks in the shadows.

Inspired by true events and based on years of research, The Hawk Legacy is a gripping adventure that brings to life Scotland’s turbulent history.

I am very grateful to the author for his request that I review this book, and for providing me with a copy for this purpose. I have reviewed the book honestly and impartially as usual.

This book is not a genre I read very often. I’m not even sure what to call it – historical action adventure? A dash of romance thrown in? Anyway, I always like to pick up books that force me out of my reading comfort zone, it is one of the great joys of book blogging, and this was another of those occasions when I was glad I’d been pushed towards a book I would never have normally come across.

This is a dual timeline novel, partly set in the present day where Jax Brett is recovering from injury and his traumatic experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan. In the past, we are drawn to the Scottish Highlands at the height of the Jacobite Rebellion, a period of history that has fascinated me since my parents dragged me all over Scotland as a child. It is a place where the history seeps from every mountain, every stone and in to your very bones and you can’t help but want to know more. I can completely understand why the author was drawn to writing about this period of history.

The book was a little slow to get going for me, and didn’t draw me in immediately. It took me a while to feel a connection to Jax and be invested in his story. Some of this could be because I am so used to read historical/dual timeline fiction written by women and from a female perspective. This book definitely has a different feel, focusing on the male perspective, and I guess it is a little harder for me to put myself in the protagonist’s shoes. However, once he reached Scotland and started investigating his family history, the book came alive and I was fully invested in the story.

You can tell that this is where Andrew’s passion in the story lies. His love of Scotland, and interest in the history of the Jacobite era and the Highland Clearances that followed is palpable. It beats on the page like a pulse, the past becomes even more vivid than the present and the suffering of these people is so real, he, and as a result we, are going through it with them. As someone who has visited the battlefield at Culloden and has heard the screams echoing down through the centuries and across that desolate place, I got the same feeling reading the historical sections of this book, the writing is so powerful.

Even though I have read a lot of Scottish history, there were still many things I learnt from reading this novel and it made me curious to learn more about some aspects, particularly the transportation of Scottish rebels as slaves to the New World. It is clear that Andrew has done a huge amount of research for this novel, but he uses it carefully to inform his writing, not drag it down, it is really well balanced.

This is an entertaining, informative and moving story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Different to what I would usually pick up, with a markedly masculine spin, it still has enough of everything to appeal to almost everyone, but particularly to anyone interested in this period of Scottish history. I can highly recommend it to history buffs looking for something a little bit different.

The Hawk Legacy is out now in both Kindle and ebook formats, and is included with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. You can get your copy here.

About the Author

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After graduating with honours in physics and astrophysics, Andrew Langley was destined to work in industry. But life had other plans. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a young age, Andrew reinvented his career as his health deteriorated. With a determination to enjoy each change in direction, he’s been a gambling consultant, TV producer, wildlife photographer and professional magician. These varied experiences have taken Andrew from locations as diverse as the casinos of Las Vegas to the remote wilderness of the Arctic Circle. Andrew now creates his new adventures on paper. The Hawk Legacy is his fourth novel. He is a member of The Magic Circle, National Union of Journalists and Equity.

Connect with Andrew:

Website: http://www.andrewlangley.co.uk

Facebook: The Hawk Legacy

Twitter: @mirroronthesoul

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