A Lark Ascending

A Lark Ascending Life On The Streets Of London S East End In 1921 Presents Thirteen Year Old Malcolm Roberts With A Daunting Array Of Challenges Trying To Stand Up To Bullies Is Hard Enough And Pluck Can Backfire While Trailing Some Suspicious Youths In Whitechapel, He Stumbles Upon A Back Alley Plot To Purge Limehouse Of Its Chinese Inhabitants Malcolm Cannot Imagine What He Could Do About It.Like Most Of His Schoolmates, He Is Tempted To Lose Himself In Play And Books But His Home Life Has Changed His Mother Is Two Years In The Grave And His Father Fights An Ongoing Battle With Shell Shock And Drink.Before Malcolm Can Make A Decision, Someone Dear To Him Is Murdered Soon Thereafter, A Mysterious Young Woman Offers Her Help To Find The Killer And The Alliance Complicates His Life Even Further His Only Real Support Comes From His Friend Sid Shapiro And A Chinese Urchin Called Jun Together, They Discover The Connection Between The Murder And The Looming Crisis.Fear Of A Vicious Policeman Prevents Malcolm From Reporting Those Facts To The Authorities It Becomes A Race Against Time As The Alleyways Of Stepney, Whitechapel And Limehouse Become Even Dangerous Will Malcolm And His Mates Prove Themselves Up To The Challenge Another great read by JB Campbell Both books were well written and page turners Highly recommend if you enjoy English history This novel was enticing at first sight of the cover and title the book description made me very hopeful of a good story At the end of the reading I was very satisfied indeed In the handling of setting, characters and theme the novel has a rather Dickensian flavour.John Campbell is an excellent wordsmith, forging evocative narration with a wide vocabulary and sophisticated clear syntax Through this language he thoroughly immerses the reader in the atmosphere and colour of London s Whitechapel This novel was enticing at first sight of the cover and title the book description made me very hopeful of a good story At the end of the reading I was very satisfied indeed In the handling of setting, characters and theme the novel has a rather Dickensian fla
A delightful murder mystery set in London of the 1920s, post WWI era It s well written keeping the pacing going throughout with suspense and intrigue left and right The characters are well developed making connection to them easy Even with the bits of hinted drama, I never figured out the story to the end The descriptions of the locations and tense scenery tones were excellent, painting a great mental pic without dragging th
Author John Campbell places us in 1921 London s East End in this fine piece of modern literature about a peaceful yet courageous 13 year old boy sleuthing around for a way to stop an impending large scale political hate crime Under the assault of thugs and corrupt police, Malcolm Roberts and friends Sid Shapiro and Chinese urchin Jun work against a ticking clock to figure out how the murder of their friend, Joe the boatman, is connected to a huge cache of smuggled weapons and a rud plot to Author John Campbell places us in 1921 London s East End in this fine piece of modern literature about a peaceful yet courageous 13 year old boy sleuthing around for a way to stop an impending large scale political hate crime Under the assau
Following up his 2012 debut, John B Campbell sets his sights on Whitechapel in A Lark Ascending to tell the story of Malcolm Roberts, a young EastEnder whose curiosity leads him into the middle of a treacherous mystery.It s the 1920s and racial tensions are high across London as Chinese locals continue to face prejudice and even danger When Malclom stumbles across a plot by local radicals to eradicate the Chinese population of Limehouse, his simple life in the East End becomes the target of si Following up his 2012 debut, John B Campbell sets his sights on Whitechapel in A Lark Ascending to tell the story of Malcolm Roberts, a young EastEnder whose curiosity leads him into the middle of a treacherous mystery.It s the 1920s and racial tensions are high across London as Chinese locals continue to face prejudice and even danger When Malclom stumbles across a plot by local radicals to eradicate the Chinese population of Limehouse, his simple life in the East End becomes the target of sinister shadows lingering at every corner After a devastating murder hits close to home, Malclom must join forces with his friend Sid, a young woman named Katja, and a street urchin named Jun to solve a mystery and unravel a vicious plot.In A Lark Ascending John Campbell builds on his talent for cultivating the vivid atmosphere of an historical setting The East End becomes at once familiar and brand new to readers as we witness its complexity and grit through the eyes of a
There isn t a dull moment in this tale of mystery, family upheaval, prejudice and danger If poor Malcolm isn t running from thugs, breathlessly investigating suspicious characters or trying to figure out his strange Aunt Jane, he s trying to deal with the loss of his mother and the confusion caused by his father s PTSD from the first World War Malcolm thinks he s less t
Malcolm Roberts carries a heavy burden for a thirteen year old boy Not only does his father suffer from shell shock due to his experiences in WWI, but during the lad s jaunts around London s east end, he witnessed what he is positive is criminal activity on the part of a gang of young hoodlums When they give chase, he narrowly escapes their clutches by jumping into the filthy Thames River Fortunately, a good friend, a ferryman originally from the Balkans, fishes him out But two days later Jo Malcolm Roberts carries a heavy burden for a thirteen year old boy Not only does his father suffer from shell shock due to his experiences in WWI, but during the lad s jaunts around London s east end, he witnessed wha
This is a fine novel The protagonist begins by escaping bullies and for most of the story he needs to escape a variety of different dangers He is a strong character who manages to resist all evil influences, a young man it is easy to identify with There are several colourful characters giving rise to evocative scenes One of the strengths of this novel is the pace The reader is never left to wonder when the next turn of the plot will occur.The setting is East London, dockland, long before t This is a fine novel The protagonist begins by escaping bullies and for most of the story he needs to escape a variety of different dangers He is a strong character who manages to resist all evil influences, a young man it is easy
Do you love historical fiction I do And I thoroughly enjoyed young Malcom s story in A Lark Ascending I found myself anticipating Malcom s next encounter with his mentor, his young friends and those who make life difficult for him Set in 1920 s London Mr Campbell deftly draws the reader into the neighborhoods, cafes and homes wi
Rating this book as five star read was no effort at all The author has really captured the Limehouse area of London during the early 1920 s I could feel the damp, smell the river, and feel the fear of being out and about after dark during those dark days John Campbell s ability to research the times, and the places that he writes about, is always spot on This is the second of Mr Campbell s books that I ve read and enjoyed, both are set around the same period one in peacetime, and the other Rating this book as five star read was no effort at all The author has really captured the Limehouse area of London during the early 1920 s I could feel the damp, smell the river, and feel the fear of being out and about after dark during those dark days John Campbell s ability to research the times, and the places that he writes about, is always spot on This is the second of Mr Campbell s books that I ve read and enjoyed, both are set around the same period one in peacetime,

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  • ebook
  • 282 pages
  • A Lark Ascending
  • John B. Campbell
  • English
  • 05 January 2018
  • 1502977966