A Second Daniel

A Second Daniel

by Neal Roberts

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A Second Daniel by Neal Roberts

London 1558. An orphan from a far-off land is renamed "Noah Ames," and given every advantage the English Crown can bestow.

London 1592. Now an experienced barrister, Noah witnesses what appears to be a botched robbery outside the Rose Theater, a crime he soon suspects to be part of a plot against Queen Elizabeth herself. Steadfast in his loyalty to the Queen, Noah must use every bit of his knowledge and skill to lure her most disloyal subject onto the only battlefield where Noah has the advantage ... a court of law – though in doing so he risks public exposure of his darkest secret, a secret so shocking that its revelation could cost him everything: the love of the only woman who can offer him happiness, his livelihood ... even his life.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158220579
Publisher: Neal R. Platt
Publication date: 09/28/2015
Series: In the Den of the English Lion , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 124,614
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Neal Roberts and his wife live on Long Island, New York, where they have two grown children. Neal is a practicing attorney and adjunct law professor, and spends as much time as possible researching his next novel while enhancing his lawyer’s pallor. When he’s not writing Elizabethan politico-legal novels, practicing law, or teaching, he’s an editor of an international peer-reviewed publication in the field of intellectual property law. Neal is also an avid student of Elizabethan literature and politics, which subjects form the basis of his first novel, A Second Daniel. His analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 121 has been extensively cited by some of the most important authorities seeking to identify the true author of the poems and plays attributed to William Shakespeare.

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A Second Daniel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book surprised me. It was a novel about Elizabethian Era law. There was politics , romance, intrigue and horse chases. It was interesting and difficult to put down. It surprised me because I didn't know I was interested in the subject. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author was more interested in dropping names than writing a story that would be worth reading. Lack of motive (or motive so murky as to be missing) for the characters actions made the book a slog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry, not my cup of tea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked it and am buying the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting once it got going. Initially a little hard to figure out who everyone was but otherwise I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading the second book in this series and have bought the third. I love the historical setting, vivid characters and intriguing plots. At times the machinations of those in power are a bit complex, the novels are filled with action, romance, twists and turns. There is also a bit of humor now and then. If you enjoy historical mysteries, give this series a try.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the next book in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If historical fiction is something you like, this is a great read.author weaves a set of characters right into the period and you feel like history is coming alive. Was sorry to have it end and purchased the 2nd book. But that's another story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the historical aspects and plot. Great characters and story was interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
... absolutely excellent!
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite Wow! I just finished reading A Second Daniel, the first book of In The Den of the English Lion series by debut author Neal Roberts, and all I can say is WOW! In this absolutely fantastic story, readers will meet protagonist Noah Ames. An orphan from a distant land, Noah is given all sorts of advantages by the English crown, and with no real explanation. He grows up to be an accomplished man, a barrister in fact, and with a fierce loyalty to Queen Elizabeth. When he observes a botched robbery committed outside of the Rose theater he soon realizes that what he actually witnessed was a plot against his beloved Queen. He develops a plan to catch the sinister culprit, but realizes that in order to follow his plan to its fruition, he may have to reveal things about himself that he's kept secret for a long time, things that could just get him killed. Just who is Noah, and is his loyalty to Elizabeth worth his own life? You'll have to read the book to find out! I loved this book. LOVED it. I am a huge fan of tales from the Tudor era, and I read anything I can get my hands on set in this time period. A Second Daniel was truly head and shoulders above most that I've read. The story grabbed me from the first page, and I simply could not put it down. Author Neal Roberts has done an amazing job with scene setting, creating intriguing characters that his readers will absolutely care about, and including details that will make the reader feel as if they have simply slipped into Elizabethan London, simply another peasant on the street. Any reader who enjoys historical fiction, stories with a hefty dose of intrigue and mystery, or simply an excellent work of fiction will love A Second Daniel. I highly recommend this book, and I will be obsessively watching to see when author Neal Roberts releases the next installment of this promising series. If it's anything like A Second Daniel, it will be a masterly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ENGLAND 1558 The Golden Age of the English Renaissance, the “Elizabethan Era,” provides the rich historical context for Neal Roberts’ extraordinary debut novel, A Second Daniel (In the Den of the English Lion, Book I). Roberts’ protagonist Noah Ames emerges from humble beginnings to become a seasoned barrister at the Queen’s Bench in London. Though he masters the finer nuances of English criminal law, and engages in the fertile world of Elizabethan poetry, literature, music and theater, Noah’s life is always balancing on a precarious razor’s edge. Hoping to contain a closely guarded secret about his origins, Noah endeavors to maintain a low profile. However, when he witnesses a murder one evening outside of the Rose Theater, and believes that the Queen’s life may be in peril, he is drawn into a subterranean world of plots and political conspiracies, often involving the highest levels of Elizabethan society. Think William Cecil, (Lord Burghley), the Queen’s advisor, or the duplicitous Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex, or the Queen’s trusted and cunning spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham. Cliffhanger tension is built throughout the plot as we dread the possibility that Noah’s new enemies at Court may discover his true identity, or that his dark secret might undermine his burgeoning love interest. Roberts’ exhaustive research is clearly evident as we are drawn into his authentic Elizabethan world richly detailed with nuanced depictions of the era’s clothing, furniture, bubonic plague outbreaks, appalling legal protocol at the Queen’s Bench, a putative plot to poison the Queen, grim reminders of the Tower of London’s bloody history, and boisterous English tavern ditties that ring into the evening air. For anyone who delights in Shakespearean literature, be prepared for ingenious allusions to many of the Bard’s plays. Spoiler: If you enjoy Shakespeare’s use of malapropist constables, prepare to encounter a hilarious one here. Whatever your subjective reading of A Second Daniel, you are sure to discover Neal Roberts to be a highly gifted wordsmith, a wizard who spins a spellbinding cliffhanger with masterful control of historical detail. Babetté October 6, 2015