The Patriote Proposition
Thomas Thorpe
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The Patriote Proposition: Darmon Mysteries, Book 3
Thomas Thorpe
Port Town Publishing
196 pages
September 2002
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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The Patriote Proposition follows Elizabeth Darmon as she sets out on a desperate hunt for her missing family after being alerted to their disappearance by an empty carriage pulled by runaway horses. While searching for her family, Elizabeth stumbles across a plot by the Reformers who want to see Canada break away from Englandís domination. In an interesting twist, there is a woman running about impersonating Elizabeth. Although Elizabeth wonders what this womanís purpose is, she is more concerned with the effect of the imposterís activities on her search for her family.

Along the way, Elizabeth is inadvertently quarantined due to an outbreak of cholera, harassed by Indians, and discombobulated by finding her brother-in-law who, although he knows what happened to her family, is not able to recall the information she so desperately needs. The Patriotes recruit Charles, her brother-in-law, and through him get the Americans to help. In a comedy of errors, family members crisscross each other and thereby wind up in the middle of a plot that could be the countryís downfall.

The pacing of the novel is ponderous; the dialogue is stilted and plodding. The characters are never fully fleshed out, and as a result, it is difficult to care about what happens to them. The plot meanders so that just as the readers' attention is piqued they are forced to reverse direction and thereby become confused.

The Patriote Proposition just doesnít make the grade.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Camden Alexander, 2004

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