The Invention of Fire: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bruce Holsinger

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: April 2015

Duration: 13 hours 47 minutes


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. . . 


  • William H.

    This is the second book by Bruce Holsinger and his principal character, John Gower.(Now buy and read the first as well... just do it) Gower, it turns out, is a friend of Geoffrey Chaucer in the London of the late middle ages. Both these characters actually lived (well who hasn't heard of Chaucer) and were in fact friends and writers (and historically complex characters of their or any age). Gower makes a convincing detective. Shrewd, determined to turn a few coins from the craven, the foolish or the corrupt. Think Philip Marlow in Medieval England. That Holsinger is an accomplished historian insures that the reader is in for a well written mystery that along the way makes the characters and their times come alive, accurately and menacing alive on occasion. . Simon Vance needs no introduction as a narrator. He is well suited to this book and it's characters. Do get this book and it's predecessor. And do enjoy the dark alleys of Medieval London. Holsinger and Gower couldn't be better guides.

Invention of Fire: A Novel

by Bruce Holsinger

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