Another Small Kingdom

Written by James Green
Review by Katy O’Dowd

Boston, 1802. Lawyer Macleod is a man full of hate, a dangerous man who finds himself caught up in a web of intrigue. But that is the least of it, and just the starting point of Another Small Kingdom, which is the first of five books about the history and development of the American Secret Services.

The characters are excellently drawn and the writing wonderful, but I have to admit that I didn’t have a clue what was going on half the time – fitting, perhaps, for a novel about government, rulers, fights over territories between countries, spies, agents and the man who would be king. Very clever plots and counterplots kept me on my toes, and it was an enjoyable read. I will certainly look forward to the next in the series, as this novel evoked a sense of time and place beautifully, and of the little man being in the wrong place at the wrong time and pulled against his will into a much bigger picture. Marvellous.