The Emperor's Agent

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Courtesan, actress, medium . . . spy.

1805: Europe stands poised on the brink of war.

Elza is content with her life in the demi-monde, an actress and courtesan in the glittering society of France's First Empire, but when her former lover is arrested for treason, Elza is blackmailed into informing on her friends and associates. She has one alternative-to become the secret agent of the most feared man in Europe,...

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Overview

Courtesan, actress, medium . . . spy.

1805: Europe stands poised on the brink of war.

Elza is content with her life in the demi-monde, an actress and courtesan in the glittering society of France's First Empire, but when her former lover is arrested for treason, Elza is blackmailed into informing on her friends and associates. She has one alternative-to become the secret agent of the most feared man in Europe, Napoleon Bonaparte!

France's invasion of England is imminent, but a spy in the camp of the Grand Army threatens the secret plans. Taking the Emperor's commission to catch the spy means playing the deadly game of spy versus counterspy. However, this is no ordinary espionage, but backed by the power of the witches of England determined to hold England's sea wards against invasion. Only an agent who is herself a medium can hope to unravel their magic in time-with the life of the man Elza loves hanging in the balance.

From the theaters of Paris to the sea cliffs that guard the Channel, from ballrooms and bedrooms to battlefields corporeal and astral, Elza must rely on her wits, her courage, her beauty, and her growing talents as a medium for she must triumph-or die!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937530488
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 1,414,181
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    I read an early draft of this novel, and had been eagerly awaiti

    I read an early draft of this novel, and had been eagerly awaiting the final version, which does not disappoint in the slightest. Elza (aka Ida St. Elme, aka Charles van Aylde) is one of the most fascinating protagonists I've seen in years, and her journey through the bedrooms, battlefields, and esoteric salons of Napoleon's Europe is absolutely gripping. Graham writes the Napoleonic military life as well as anyone working today, and her depiction of the Grande Armée in quarters at Boulogne is spot on. The games of spy and counterspy, of love and war, passion and magic, will keep you engaged to the very end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Was this a translation??

    This book didn't flow. It didn't catch up to itself until the final chapters. It was choppy. Felt like reading a bad translation. The ebook also had numerous errors that contributed to the sense that the book was 'choppy' at best. I can't believe B&N had this book on recommended lists that were mailed to customers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    More of the adventures of the wonderful, complex, flawed, strong

    More of the adventures of the wonderful, complex, flawed, strong, immensely likeable Elza - who, like Graham's previous heroes and heroines, is a real historical character, if far less famous than Alexander or Cleopatra. Known as Ida St Elme, she not only had the career this book explores; but she's also the author of 8 volumes of Memoirs, which became the best-selling book of the early 19th-century in France and beyond, earning her the nickname of "the female Casanova". (And you can find her actual "Mémoires d'une Contemporaine", written in French, recently-added at Project Gutenberg!)

    Courtesan, actress, medium, spy, soldier, wife, mistress, hostess, writer, this Dutch-born heroine lived through the French Revolution and the First Empire as a modern woman. Agent and counter-agent, she cross-dresses, fights, lies, reasons, sleeps her way through history, meeting a rich cast of characters whom, as a French reader, I recognise happily. This book, if anything, surpasses even the previous one - it can work as an into-the-deep-end introduction to the series, if you like to be plunged directly into the thick of things!

    Now if only this series could be translated into French......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    No one does historical romance the way Jo Graham does. The chara

    No one does historical romance the way Jo Graham does. The characters, the settings, the action, it all combines into an epic story that places you directly in the era she's writing about. Strong female characters are a big part of what makes her books different, and this book is no different. Elza is a character who isn't afraid of violence and doesn't waste time being afraid of her own desires. At a time when women were subjugated and treated like second-class citizens, Elza was in complete command of herself and her world.

    If you've read Jo Graham before, you know the great writing that awaits you in this book. If you're new to Jo Graham's work, be prepared for an introduction to one of the best historical writers publishing today.

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