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Summary

Hunted by a shadowy foe in Bloody Mary’s court, Brendan Prescott plunges into London’s treacherous underworld to unravel a dark conspiracy that could make Elizabeth queen - or send her to her death.

England, 1553. Harsh winter encroaches upon the realm. Mary Tudor has become queen to popular acclaim, and her enemies are imprisoned in the Tower. But when she’s betrothed to Philip, Catholic prince of Spain, putting her Protestant subjects in peril, rumors of a plot to depose her swirl around the one person many consider to be England’s heir and only hope: the queen’s half-sister, Princess Elizabeth.

Haunted by his past, Brendan Prescott lives far from the intrigues of court. But his time of refuge comes to an end when his foe and mentor, the spymaster Cecil, brings him disquieting news that sends him on a dangerous mission. Elizabeth is held captive at court, the target of the Spanish ambassador, who seeks her demise. Obliged to return to the palace where he almost lost his life, Brendan finds himself working as a double agent for Queen Mary herself, who orders Brendan to secure proof that will be his cherished Elizabeth’s undoing.

Plunged into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a mysterious opponent who hides a terrifying secret, Brendan races against time to retrieve a cache of the princess’ private letters, even as he begins to realize that in this dark world of betrayal and deceit, where power is supreme and sister can turn against sister, nothing - and no one - is what it seems.

©2013 C. W. Gortner (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Exciting, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable

Great find, the Tudor series from this author introduces an intriguing and believable twist to a familiar period of history.

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Enjoyable but…

At the end of chapter 6, Queen Mary calls Brendan “Master Prescott” when she only knew him as Beacham (could be Beauchamps, I’ve not seen it written only on audiobook). This bugged me for the rest of the book!! Petty I know, but how on earth did that get past the editor? I did wonder if Steve West was really English because his pronunciation of some words was really weird, especially Yeoman, but other than that, this is such an enjoyable trilogy. I love this period in history and the angle from which this is told is full of intrigue and twists. Looking forward to book 3! Great value that all 3 are included in my membership.

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Reluctant to comment

I dont know if I was just not in the right frame of mind or...but I just couldn't connect with this narrator...sorry, it seemed just read instead of drawing me in...bored...not at all like me not to press on.....

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amazing

a truly amazing story!
a brilliant portrayal of historical events and people of the time.
and one man's story .
intriguing!
fantastic narrator.

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Enjoyable

This Tudor romp swept along at a great pace, mixing real people with fictional characters. I enjoyed the narration which added to the story

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Entertaining

I enjoyed it the twists and fast paced turns. So many secrets. The orator was marvellous.

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One or two glitches but overall a good listen

The premise is a solid one which could have been possible. The lead character is prone to anger a little more often than might be expected - although he is only supposed to be late teens/early 20s. I did find it hard to believe that he tended to lose fights with smaller and/or explicitly weakened adversaries though.
The narrator was generally good and I appreciated the effort to use a native British English speaker. He rarely intruded into the telling (despite an atrocious ‘Scottish’ accent), although there were a few glaring Americanisms that stuck out and were unwelcome for breaking natural flow.

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Pure Joy

The book came up in Audible's Plus Catalogue so I thought "why not, I like historical fiction". What a superb treat from start to finish. A light yet entertaining story, superbly well read with a wealth of accents and moods which had be researching bother the author and narrator before the end of the book. 10/10

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Brilliant

Brilliant, great second book, really enjoyed this.
Best to listen for a while unless your come straight from the 1st, only because you have to be it the time mode in your head

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Not for me.

Poorly written, woefully predictable and too American. Both "The Tudor Secret" and "The Tudor Conspiracy" feel like American TV shows about the Tudors rather than good historical fiction. I don't like giving up on a series after just one book, even if I didn't particularly enjoy it, so I gave book 2 a chance. But C. W. Gortner's books are just not for me.

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  • 09-11-20

great story

totally enjoyed this story. absolutely looking forward to reading the next book. Steve west is an awesome orator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-20

Awesome series

Another installment in this imaginative series! Though I do not highly rate many books, I have found it impossible to hold back when it comes to Gortner novels. Extremely entertaining combination of history and fantasy, this dramatic series makes me feel like I know all of the characters personally.

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  • Sarah St
  • 13-10-21

*SPOILERS*

I didn't really like this one. a lot of what I liked about the main character in the first one, was gone in this addition. also my favorite character was killed off, AND IT DID NOTHING FOR THE STORY! I will say that this book had a lot of twists to it. I did like the ending though.

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  • Sanchia Sommerville
  • 15-09-20

Awesome!

I just loved this book! Great story that kept you wanting it to go on and on! CW Gortner is a marvel!

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  • KTaylor
  • 01-01-19

Engaging Series

Keeps you guessing and wondering what could possibly happen next. I’ll be sad when the series ends.

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  • Shirley N.
  • 15-07-22

A Royal Secret

I enjoyed this story. It was 'included' with my Audible membership. Book 2 in the series is also available for download. Two things. When I get this much enjoyment from a story or two, I will use a credit for the next one. Although reviews are great a purchase is the goal. Second: Tudor England has been written about many times, and the history and historic figures are well known. I passed this great story by several times thinking I had nothing left to learn. With that said, I was intrigued by this great fiction and narration.









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  • 4toestina46
  • 27-06-22

Great Book

Loved it. The narration is very well done and entertaining. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Pat Bean
  • 26-02-22

Fun historical fiction!!!

I was really surprised how much I like this series. It touch of fiction with a lot of history. Love the narrator love the characters. Love the bad guys.

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  • anna szczerba
  • 20-01-22

Love it! I’m picky so you know it’s good!

Love it loved it love it! Can’t wait to read the third book in the series now!

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  • PJBlack
  • 18-10-21

Good story

I enjoyed book two's story and strenths and flaws of the main character. Although a shocking death to early, it kept my attention and I looked forward to each chapter.