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Summary

Upon the death of Mary I (Bloody Mary), Elizabeth I takes the throne, and Brendan Prescott is called to aid the young queen amid a realm plunged into chaos and a court rife with conspiracy.

London, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and 25-year-old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth's intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen, as well as his beloved Kate, scheming William Cecil, and archrival Robert Dudley. A poison attempt on Elizabeth soon overshadows her coronation, but before Brendan can investigate, Elizabeth summons him in private to dispatch him on a far more confidential mission: to find her favored lady in waiting, Lady Parry, who has disappeared during a visit to her family manor in Yorkshire.

Upon his arrival at the desolate seaside manor where Lady Parry was last seen, he encounters a strange, impoverished family beset by grief, as well as mounting evidence that they hide a secret from him. The mystery surrounding Lady Parry deepens as Brendan begins to realize there is far more going on at the manor than meets the eye, but the closer he gets to the heart of the mystery in Vaughan Hall, the more he learns that, in his zeal to uncover the truth, he could be precipitating Elizabeth's destruction.

From the intrigue-laden passages of Whitehall to a foreboding Catholic manor and the deadly underworld of London, Brendan must race against time to unravel a vendetta that will strike at the very core of his world - a vendetta that could expose a buried past and betray everything he has fought for, including his loyalty to his queen.

©2014 C. W. Gortner (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Good sequel

I enjoyed this book with interesting twists and turns. Recommended listening. Sorry when it ended.

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Disappointing.

Only managed two and a half hours of this book. Mind-blowingly tedious political machinations and intrigue narrated at a funeral pace made for a dreadful experience. It was ultimately boring in the extreme.

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Well done!

The book, set at the beginning of Elizabeth Tudor's reign is like a stone in a jeweled setting. It is a story in a bigger picture that is both entertaining and informative and is well told with enough pace to make it hard to put down. Much fiction has been set in this period, but this gives a real impression of how many problems at home and abroad there were for the young Queen.

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A must listen

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to all three books in this trilogy and would highly recommend them

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Addicted to this series!

Worth a listen for any history fan! Loved it!

Badass women, intrigue and exile it’s got it all!

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Brilliant!!!!!

The best trilogy ever! Fantastic narrative equal to CJSanson’s Shardlake novels . Gripping storyline. Thank you

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excellent

excellent conclusion of the tudor books, did not want it to end.
narrator first class .
a must read!

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Excellent!!

Have just completed the trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed all three. My first time reading this author and thought the story was very good, incorporating many facts. The descriptions I thought were good, some repartition but not overly so. The books individually stand up on their own, however reading them as a trilogy improves, I think. I would certainly recommend.

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Gripping

Really enjoyed the three books in this series. Being very interested in the Tudor era, these historical novels were fascinating.

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  • John
  • 28-01-15

Wonderful

Where does The Tudor Vendetta rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I liked this much better than the first book in the series....but maybe that's because the story is richer, with a much more in depth conspiracy. Having been a teacher of British history for years, I was particularly interested in how the characters (both real and imaginary) were interwoven.

Have you listened to any of Steve West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is his best!

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  • AmazonCustomer
  • 02-09-20

All three of these books were great

I tripped into Gortner's first book 4 days ago ... just finishing this 3rd one.

Regardless of historical accuracy Gortner writes excellent story, well read/performed and I would highly recommend the whole series

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  • Shuma53
  • 14-01-15

Disappointed

I love historical fiction/mystery and was excited when I saw this series . I have enjoyed other books set in and around the Tudor court but this was too much romance and too little plot. The narration was excellent but for me it was the waste of a credit .

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  • MzTracey
  • 28-05-21

Well written mystery in almost Elizabethan England

I'm a history lover and this book what is pretty good about matching up with historical facts of the day and then making its own story on the side. it has a good pace with enough of a mix of intrigue and surrounding storyline to keep you interested all the way through. This is the third book of red from this author and I'll be coming back for more

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  • Shell Bell
  • 06-11-20

Imaginative take on history

This is the third book in the Tudor trilogy. I enjoyed all three Immensely. I have no doubt intrigues in court during this time were as profound as portrayed by this author. The saga reminds me that as dramatic as our current politics are, there is nothing new under the sun. I wish these characters had actually lived, Brenden, Kate, and Rafe captured my heart. They may be fictional, however, their struggles with identity, loyalty, and integrity are real and relatable even today.

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  • Julia C.
  • 16-07-22

One of the best yet.

Great performance by reader. great. story about Elizabeth the first,s son. wish for more like this. to come. soon.

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  • good-girl
  • 25-06-22

Wonderful Mystery!

One of the best mysteries I’ve read in years. It’s the third in a group of three and it brings the saga to a terrific end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-06-22

A Mystery to Take You Away

I enjoyed the story and had fun trying to guess the mystry unfolding. The reader did a great job and had a pleasant voice.

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  • Roderick
  • 04-02-22

Great listen

Story, narrator and performance earns 5 stars each. All three were great. Listen up.

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  • Carol
  • 24-01-22

Fun 3 book series.

loved it and the narrator was great.
I'm now going to look for more books by this author.