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The Invention of Fire - A Novel

Bruce Holsinger

The author of the acclaimed medieval mystery A Burnable Book once again brings fourteenth-century London alive in all its color and detail in this riveting thriller featuring medieval poet and fixer John Gower-a twisty tale rife with intrigue, danger mystery, and murder. Though he is one of England's most acclaimed intellectuals, John Gower is no stranger to London's wretched slums and dark corners, and he knows how to trade on the secrets of the kingdom's most powerful men. When the bodies of sixteen unknown men are found in a privy, the Sheriff of London seeks Gower's help. The men's wounds-ragged holes created by an unknown object-are unlike anything the sheriff's men have ever seen. Tossed into the sewer, the bodies were meant to be found. Gower believes the men may have been used in an experiment-a test for a fearsome new war weapon his informants call the "handgonne," claiming it will be the "future of death" if its design can be perfected. Propelled by questions of his own, Gower turns to courtier and civil servant Geoffrey Chaucer, who is working on some poems about pilgrims that Gower finds rather vulgar. Chaucer thinks he just may know who commissioned this new weapon, an extremely valuable piece of information that some will pay a high price for-and others will kill to conceal. . .

The author of the acclaimed medieval mystery A Burnable Book once again brings fourteenth-century London alive in all its color and detail in this riveting thriller featuring medieval poet and fixer John Gower-a twisty tale rife with intrigue, danger mystery, and murder. Though he is one of England's most acclaimed intellectuals, John Gower is no stranger to London's wretched slums and dark corners, and he knows how to trade on the secrets of the kingdom's most powerful men. When the bodies of sixteen unknown men are found in a privy, the Sheriff of London seeks Gower's help. The men's wounds-ragged holes created by an unknown object-are unlike anything the sheriff's men have ever seen. Tossed into the sewer, the bodies were meant to be found. Gower believes the men may have been used in an experiment-a test for a fearsome new war weapon his informants call the "handgonne," claiming it will be the "future of death" if its design can be perfected. Propelled by questions of his own, Gower turns to courtier and civil servant Geoffrey Chaucer, who is working on some poems about pilgrims that Gower finds rather vulgar. Chaucer thinks he just may know who commissioned this new weapon, an extremely valuable piece of information that some will pay a high price for-and others will kill to conceal. . .
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The author of the acclaimed medieval mystery A Burnable Book once again brings fourteenth-century London alive in all its color and detail in this riveting thriller featuring medieval poet and fixer John Gower-a twisty tale rife with intrigue, danger mystery, and murder. Though he is one of England's most acclaimed intellectuals, John Gower is no stranger to London's wretched slums and dark corners, and he knows how to trade on the secrets of the kingdom's most powerful men. When the bodies of sixteen unknown men are found in a privy, the Sheriff of London seeks Gower's help. The men's wounds-ragged holes created by an unknown object-are unlike anything the sheriff's men have ever seen. Tossed into the sewer, the bodies were meant to be found. Gower believes the men may have been used in an experiment-a test for a fearsome new war weapon his informants call the "handgonne," claiming it will be the "future of death" if its design can be perfected. Propelled by questions of his own, Gower turns to courtier and civil servant Geoffrey Chaucer, who is working on some poems about pilgrims that Gower finds rather vulgar. Chaucer thinks he just may know who commissioned this new weapon, an extremely valuable piece of information that some will pay a high price for-and others will kill to conceal. . .

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

13h 47m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

33:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

30:48


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

10:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

30:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

15:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

17:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

33:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

26:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

26:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

14:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

10:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

17:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

21:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

12:35


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

13:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

27:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

12:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:09


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

12:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:10


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

11:29


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

00:33