The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley

The Judge Hunter

The latest comic novel from Christopher Buckley, a hapless Englishman embarks on a dangerous mission to the New World in pursuit of two judges who helped murder a king.London, 1664. Twenty years after the English revolution, the monarchy has been restored and Charles II sits on the throne. The men who conspired to kill his father are either dead or disappeared. Baltasar “Balty” St. Michel is twenty-four and has no skills and no employment. He...

Details The Judge Hunter

TitleThe Judge Hunter
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Humor, Fiction, Adventure, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews The Judge Hunter

  • Sam Quixote
    It’s 20 years after Charles II’s Restoration and the old poleaxe is still seeking revenge against the surviving men who caused his pappy’s head to be separated from his shoulders (aka the fallout from the English Civil War). Two of the judges who found Charles I guilty of high treason have fled to the New World. Naval officer and future celebrated diarist Samuel Pepys decides that his annoying half-French brother-in-law, Baltasar “Balty...
  • Peter Tillman
    Christopher Buckley's second venture into historical fiction, set in 1664 in England and her American colonies. A much more successful book than his last, which I didn't finish. It's a fast read, and the first 3/4 was five-star quality. As always, read the publisher's introduction in the header entry first.The last quarter, and the ending, were less successful for me. Overall, a four star book. Recommended for Buckley and historical fiction fans....
  • Kathy
    Superb historical bringing to life New Amsterdam of the 1660's through the most wonderfully lively characters. This book portrays anything but dull characters seen through the lens of humour, liberally applied wherever possible.
  • Bandit
    Christopher Buckley’s back to historical adventures with his newest story. The idea is that he’ll write one for every century, the last one, absolutely terrific Relic Master was set in 16th, so this one takes us to 1664, the year New Amsterdam became New York, among other things. I’ve always appreciated Buckley’s writing, but ever since he’s somehow read my mind and turned his pen (keyboard) to these humorous irreverent historical romps...
  • David
    [P. G. Wodehouse] will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.– Evelyn WaughI do not invoke the sainted name of the genius Wodehouse lightly. Yet I say to you that this book may be mentioned in the proximity of the name of the best comic writer in the English language. Although C. Buckley does not achieve the pinnacle of comic novel-ness (...
  • Vicky
    In the “About the Author”note it says “This novel, set in the seventeen century, is his second work of historical fiction, following The Relic Master, set in the sixteenth century. His aim, quixotic to be sure , is to write novels set in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries and ——Grim Reaper permitting——twenty first. Good luck with that.” Having read the Relic Master, which I thoroughly enjoyed and gave 4 stars to (...
  • eyes.2c
    ...'then they took New York!'Another brilliant parody of history depicted by Christopher Buckley. This expose, the story of Stuvyesant and the English attainment of New York, within the context of the Dutch-English casts our eyes back in a refreshingly new way.Samuel Pepys, his position and his diaries are the hook to begin with. His brother-in-law gives us the subtext. Baltasar “Balty” St. Michel is an annoying nincompoop whom Pepys manages ...
  • Steve Peifer
    A glorious return to form from the funniest novelist we have. No one has a greater gift for somehow making grating characters endearing. Funny and exciting and wise; you will learn history in spite of yourself. This made me want to reread so many of his other books.
  • Kim
    Christopher Buckley is determined to write political satire for each century. His latest book The Judge Hunter places the reader in 1664, using Samuel Pepys as the mainstay and his foppish brother-in-law Balthasar (Balty) St. Michel as his tool as the story moves between London and the New England Colonies and New Amsterdam. Torys, Papists, Puritans, Quakers and numerous tribes of native Americans all find a place in this political romp.Balty is ...
  • Thomas
    I enjoyed this. It’s a period piece with flowery language. I particularly enjoyed the last few pages where it discussed the characters descendants. Amusing.
  • Andrew
    One of the best books I’ve read recently. Combines impeccably written and factually grounded historical fiction with action and humor. The interweaving of Pepys diary entries and the story of his brother in law searching New Haven and New York in the mid seventeenth century for fugitives from England is just plain fascinating and fun. Highly recommended. There are not enough books like this out ther.
  • Richard G. Peters
    Very interesting and educational read.Most entertaining I read it in two days. great walk through the past. The book is very well written and features a cast of characters that will have you bursting out laughing. It’s a terrific book. Don’t pass it by....
  • Becky
    A fun-to-read book. Four stars for humor and good storytelling.
  • Lois
    A quick and diverting might almost call it a 'smart romp.' Particularly fun for New Englanders to read about our distant past: the Natives vs Puritans vs Quakers vs Popists. More than a few smiles and chuckles in Buckley's inimitable style.
  • Kathleen Gray
    Although I think it helps tremendously in the enjoyment of this if you have at least a smidgen of knowledge about the 17th century, Buckley will back you into the period with humor and style (and there's wikipedia for the details.). Who would expect a comic take on Samuel Pepys' brother in law Balty being sent to the New World to track down two judges who fled there after ordering the execution of Charles I? Balty's travels through America brings...
  • Shala Howell
    I loved a lot of things about this book. The story was light-hearted and fun (despite the grisly deaths of a few characters), and the writing reminded me at time of Wodehouse. I was fully prepared to give this book four stars, until...Near the end Buckley slips into the head of Repent, a Native American character converted to Christianity by one of the colonists. We're only there for a couple of pages. The first few paragraphs are ok, but then th...
  • J.D. Dehart
    The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley is a historical novel, tried-and-true. The book even ends with a reference list and historical notes. This was a pleasant encounter for me, as a reader, and lent credibility to the book. Clearly, Buckley is an author who invests time in his work, and I appreciate that trait in an author.The storyline of the book proves comic at times, but also strikingly realistic and engaging. This is my second time readin...
  • Raquel
    Let me begin by saying that when I first started this story I had every intention of giving it five stars. Long has it been since I’ve read a book that has captured my interest from the first chapter, and held it long after. The first hundred and some pages are a delight. There was some point every chapter that had me laughing out loud (there is one joke in particular about a catamount that still makes me laugh every time I think about it). The...
  • Mal Warwick
    I've grown so used to laughing when I read Christopher Buckley's books that I was disappointed by The Judge Hunter, even though it's a perfectly good historical novel. Oh, it's amusing. Even funny at times. It is, after all, a picaresque adventure, a genre with built-in humor. But not once did I find myself laughing out loud, as was so often the case when I read They Eat Puppies, Don't They?, Little Green Men, The Relic Master, and other satiric...
  • Mark Taylor
    When Christopher Buckley published The Relic Master in late 2015, it was a change of pace for him. Most of Buckley’s novels have been set in contemporary Washington, D.C., and satirized aspects of the national government. The Relic Master, however, was set in the Holy Roman Empire of the 16th century. Buckley’s signature sharp humor was still on full display throughout the book, which I reviewed here. The question was if The Relic Master was ...
  • Adysnewbox
    Actual rating: three-and-a-half stars. I had a great time reading it, but it was very sloppily written. However, it had so much personality that I was able to forgive the book its many flaws."The Judge Hunter" functions both as a thrilling comedy/adventure and an educational historical drama. Many (most?) of the characters in the book really existed, and it was enjoyable to not only read about their fame in the early American colonies, but their ...
  • Marianne Roncoli
    Don’t expect another one of Christopher Buckley’s hilarious satires of contemporary events such as Florence of Arabia, The White House Mess, or Supreme Courtship. The Judge Hunter is a comic historical novel. Actual 17th-century figures who, instead of speaking in the vernacular of the time, speak in pedestrian 21st-century voices complete with irony, hyperbole, and other figures of speech. Imagine David McCoullough writing for Saturday Night...
  • E
    Buckley is on a quest to write a historical novel set in every century from the 16th to the 21st. So, following on the heels of The Relic Master, which is set in the Reformation-era Holy Roman Empire, we are now in the year 1664. Samuel Pepys' brother-in-law Balthazar is sent to New England to round up two judges wanted for their role in condemning Charles I (father of the current king) to death. Along the way Balthazar gets mixed up with Puritan...
  • Anthony
    Christopher Buckley, a well known essayist, lecturer, humorist and critic has done it again. This is his second historical novel, set in 1664 London and the New World. And I found it to be a rollicking good story with so many historical figures and references. As he did with The Relic Master, Buckley entertains while at the same time educating. In London in 1664, Balthasar “Balty” de St. Michel is unemployed, with noskills to speak of and no ...
  • Judith
    Ok, so I chose early American history and history American as tags because this book does deal with that period and includes some historical facts. I like early American history and if Buckley's retelling of how New Amsterdam became New York were true, many students would find that period far more interesting--and funny--than they do. That said, I don't think Buckley compares with P.G. Wodehouse so much as Will Cuppy, if Cuppy wrote more detailed...
  • Nancy
    Christopher Buckley most recent novels have progressed from tales of selling fake religious relics to souls in search of salvation to his latest book featuring Samuel Pepys younger brother trying to make a name for himself in America by "hunting" two judges accused of Regicide.Readers of The Judge Hunter would benefit from some historical knowledge of Puritan America, but even those of us who are poorly informed about America's early history can ...
  • Richard Clark
    The book was wonderfully humorous, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A few thoughts on the Quakers, though. On page 115, Huncks asks "Mr. Fish" how old he was, with the response being "Forty-two this November". That in itself should have been a give away that "Mr. Fish" was not Quaker, as he would have replied something to the effect of "forty-two in the ninth month instant"; Quakers did not use the pagan names given to the days of the week or months ...
  • Steve
    This is a very good book. I stumbled across “The Relic Master” - no stumbling this time, just hoping the razor wit, brisk pace, and masterful use of period detail would work as well in 17th century North America - I’d say it did - if you’re not well versed in the period it’s an introduction that will leave you wishing the sub genre was deeper, if you are “up” on it, the era specific subtext and humor is spot on. This is an expertly ...
  • Martha
    Comic historical fiction. Christopher Buckley doesn't miss. Old New Amsterdam as it became New York--a time I certainly know little about.--native New Yorker that I am. And set largely in the area of southern CT where Buckley grew up. Imaginative, lively, funny, well researched. Part of Buckley's project to write a book each set in the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. The Relic Master was the first, which I will now read while I'...