The Hunger
The Hunger by A.D. Starrling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Spanish and French are at war. The king of France is trying to invade and Conrad Greene and his company are trying to help hold him back. Suddenly the French seem to have got hold of gunpowder and Conrad and his new recruit, Laura, must find it and stop them before it’s too late.

This is a “Seventeen” short story giving the background to the meeting between Conrad Greene and Laura Hartwell (Conrad’s modern day story being told in “Greene’s Calling” – “Seventeen” novel 3). As I have said in other reviews, if you aren’t starting at the beginning at this stage, I do think you need to so at least read Greene’s Calling before you read “The Hunger” otherwise it really won’t make much sense.

This is not my favourite of the “Seventeen” short stories. I do much prefer the action rather than the relationship side, and this story focuses a lot more than others on the meeting of Conrad and Laura and what they mean. I really like the cleverness of the story behind the gunpowder, but the novel appears to be a vehicle for the relationship and I would have liked it to be more the other way round.

As usual though, it is a fun read and if you’ve read the rest of the stories you definitely won’t want to miss this one. I am always happy to see the return of some favourite characters and, if you read this, you won’t be disappointed!

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