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Elliot Vail is a floundering San Francisco stand-up comedian who will do anything for a cheap place to live. So when strange little Edward Bockman offers him free rent in exchange for some odd dos and donâ€™ts, Elliot thinks his luck is about to change. After all, despite Bockmanâ€™s overactive imagination, head-to-toe Robin Hood costume and locked bedroom door, he seems nice enough.Little does Elliot know that his new landlord is time-traveling to trysts with an ex-mistress of Englandâ€™s King Charles II . . . and that heâ€™ll soon be expected to rescue Bockman from a seventeenth-century prison and a deadly outbreak of the Black Plague.
Jon Coryâ€™s humorous and romantic debut novel takes readers on a romp through London and the rural English countryside. Along the way, we meet a cast of scoundrels including petty thieves Tom Major and Tom Minor, Grundel the local hangman, and the villainous Frenchman Le Mieux. Then of course thereâ€™s the beautiful maidservant Lilly, who will lead Elliot Vail on the adventure of a lifetime. But will love be enough to keep Elliot in Plague-ridden London, or will he return to modern life in twenty-first-century San Francisco?
JON CORY comes from a family of readers and writers. He grew up in Indiana, and earned degrees in business and economics from Ohio University. After three years of military service, he worked in a variety of computer management positions, eventually settling into a successful career in retail systems.
A worldwide traveler, Jon has participated as a team member of archaeological expeditions in several countries. Retirement enabled him to return to creative writing. Jon currently lives in Alamo, California, with his wife Jan.
Author Jon Cory's Official Website
"You mix a time travel device with a high-tech genius, add a dram of Restoration England, include a dose of plague and a damsel in distressâ€”a very lovely damsel I might addâ€”and mix it up with a San Francisco comic . . . And what have you got? A very funny and fun story! I thoroughly enjoyed A Plague of Scoundrels.â€ â€” Dennis Erokan, Founder of the Bammy Awards
"Jon Coryâ€™s witty debut novel is no ordinary romp down the river of time to seventeenth-century England. When a second-rate comedian meets a farmerâ€™s clever daughter, the result is first-rate adventure that captures the meaning of life.â€ â€” Laurel Anne Hill, Author of Heroes Arise
"Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, big surprise. The plot took another direction and made me laugh. Lilly. Bockman. Grundel. Elliot. Excitement, humor, real characters, continuous surprises, romance, time travel, what more is there? A great read for summer, winter, spring or fall.â€ â€” Richard Cook, Owner, Sunrise Bookshop
Book Publisher: KOMENAR Publishing
No. of Pages: 296
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