Seeds of Empire is the first book of the Ferenghi Quartet, a fictional history by Gwayne Naug. Inspired by the real life exploits of Frenchman Claude Martin (1735-1800), Seeds of Empire is a fictional history covering one of the most exciting periods of European and Indian history. The author, Gwayne Naug has used her story telling skills and knowledge of India to weave a tale spanning fifty years of war, love, money and ambition.
Intriguing Book Review by Margaret Bennett
From the 1st page to the last G.M.Naug's book "Seeds of Empire" hold you in its arms with bated breath. The excitement of te horrific battles and then the love and passion of its stars, from one extreme to another. A great page turner. The story is a combination of truth and fiction threaded with intrigue, romance and adventure. Traveling through many countries of the world. If you want an exciting read, this is it. Can't wait for Gwayne's next book. (Posted on 23/11/11)
Too good to put down Review by Marjorie Dalvean
Claude Martin, soldier, adventurer, architect, banker, intellectual, lived from 1735 to 1800. Beginning when Claude, enlisted as a soldier in France, this first volume of the Ferenghi Quartet takes the reader into exotic lands, through France, India, England during war and peace, through times of unrest and prosperity. From humble beginnings, this self-made man rose to the position of Major-General with the British East India Company in 1763. In Seeds of Empire, Gwayne Naug reveals a man swept along by the twists and swirls of fate.
When Gwayne Naug first gazed upon the Claude Martin’s portrait in a school in Lucknow, India she knew she would write his story. In the following years Gwayne visited Lyons, his birthplace in France, listened to peoples’ stories about Martin in Lucknow and was able to access documents about him in the Indian government’s archives. The research has paid off.
From bloody battles to romantic interludes the historical content rings true with scenes graphically described and true-to-life characters well-defined. Although the book is an historical work the style is modern, providing the reader with a strong, personal and direct link to the past. The author is obviously fascinated with her subject; the writing is clear, unambiguous, moving the reader through an incredible story that will capture the imagination; it’s too good to put down.
The historical facts of Claude’s life are cleverly threaded into a work of fiction - a romance, an historical novel, an adventure novel – but this story is true.
After reading this first volume of the Ferenghi Quartet you will be eager to read more. (Posted on 18/08/11)
I want more! Review by Ken LeMarquand
The history, the action, the terrible effects of bloody battle and war, the promise and passion of romance and love, the intrigue of politics, and the price one must pay for survival and position in a seductive and hostile world. It's all here; a rip-roaring adventure set in descriptive detail of the eighteenth century. The "Seeds of Empire" is a marvelous first book from G. M. Naug, written, I have no doubt, on a wing, a prayer, and determination, about a man who lived on a wing, a prayer, and determination. I want more! (Posted on 18/08/11)