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Posted December 31, 2013
Mary Tudor and Princess Elizabeth are bitter enemies forevermore
Mary Tudor and Princess Elizabeth are bitter enemies forevermore. Mary is now Queen of England and doing everything possible to force her sister to convert from Protestantism to the Roman Catholic faith. That victory would guarantee England remains a Catholic country and would enable Mary to marry Philip, Prince of Spain. Imagine how such a union would change the face of history!
“Nothing is ever as it seems!” is the essence of this plot and Brendan Prescott, spy who once saved one of the sisters, is the protagonist called to the Queen’s presence for specific employment. His job? Prove Elizabeth is a traitor; bring evidence that will enable Mary to eliminate her ever-threatening sister. Court intrigue, rumors and plots fill every page as supposed friends and implacable foes lead and mislead this easily targeted spy. The reader must pay attention as Brendan seems to serve both sisters with equal determination. Yes, he is misled at times but learns to become sharper mentally and trust his increasingly correct instincts as to who is really vying for favor. There are truly no innocents herein!
Private letters, secrets, poison, murder, brutal beatings, threats, sword battles, sexual temptation and more force the reader’s excitement into more intense reading and flipping of these riveting pages. For C. W. Gortner is a master of the mystery, the spy novel, the adventure story, the intricacies of England’s domestic and international manipulations of history, the obsessive lust for power and revenge, and the foibles that betray even the most careful antagonists!
The subplot of this novel awaits the reader’s pleasure as Brendan searches for his true identity amidst the royalty related to the Tudor sisters. This quest is no less satisfying and the reader is rooting for Brendan every step of the way.
The author’s brilliance shines clearly in the way his characters seem to move through an emotional gauntlet of fury, confusion, fear, mourning, happiness, and mistrust in a matter of minutes. One is never sure what will happen in the next second which makes the anticipation even more enticing! Words cannot properly convey how well-crafted The Tudor Conspiracy… is. Treat yourself, if you haven’t done so yet, to a brilliant, literate, engaging and exciting read which illuminates the intricacies of this well-known royally entangled historical period and characters! Stunning!
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Posted July 31, 2013
The Tudor Conspiracy by C.W.Gortner is the second novel in The E
The Tudor Conspiracy by C.W.Gortner is the second novel in The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles. It is basically about Queen Mary and her desire to marry and keep her sister Elizabeth from inheriting the throne. She decides to marry Prince Phillip of Spain and hopes for a child that will inherit. There are plots underway during this time to usurp Mary and put Elizabeth in her place which resulted in the ill fated Wyatt Rebellion where the nine day Queen, Jane Grey,the Dudley's, father and son's are imprisoned and later executed for their supposed part in the plot. Robert Dudley is not executed, but still has aspirations to have Elizabeth on the throne so he can be her consort. We all know what happened with that..
Brendan Prescott is the major character in this story, and under the guidance of his mentor Cecil, it is up to him to protect Elizabeth from Mary at all costs because if Mary does have a child, it is feared that Elizabeth would be imprisoned in the Tower for the rest of her days or worse killed. There are all sorts of people who are working against Brendan as he is tasked with finding the letters that were written by Elizabeth, which if found would lead Queen Mary to believe that Elizabeth is out to do her harm and take the throne. I found Brendan to be a likable, caring and loyal man who puts his life at risk on numerous occasions to protect his beliefs.
Mr.Gortner brings his knowledge of the Tudor era's turbulent times to the pages of this wonderful story. It is fiction of course based on fact and his research is impecable. I love reading C.W.Gortner's books and eagerly await the third in this series. Full of mystery, intrigue,emotional heartbreak and secrets to keep the reader turning the pages. If you are a historical fiction fan and fan of the Tudor era, then this series needs to be on your book shelves.
I received the book for review and was not monetarily compensated for my review.
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Posted October 3, 2013
I discovered Christopher Gortner by accident when I met him at a
I discovered Christopher Gortner by accident when I met him at an author's event in NYC. What a stroke of luck for me - after talking with him I decided to start reading The Tudor Secret that night after arriving home. I was captured from the get go and thoroughly enjoyed every word. I felt like I was in the Royal Court due to the way the words described each scene to make it easy to visualize what was happening. The character development was superb and I had a good insight for all of them. I can't wait to get started on the next book. I feel like I got on the Gortner bandwagon in time to go for an upward ride............. Don't make a mistake and not read this book. Ed WalkerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2013
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Posted August 30, 2013
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