Against a backdrop of escalating tension, in an England mismanaged by inept leadership, Napoleon Bonaparte is silently massing battle-hardened troops along the French coast in anticipation of a cross-Channel invasion. While Ireland violently protests English oppression, an unlikely hero emerges in the form of an Irish bare-knuckle boxer by the name of Wolfe Trant. Recruited from the depths of Newgate Prison by William Pitt, an ex-prime minister who now operates a covert spy ring, Wolfe’s agenda is to infiltrate Napoleon’s inner circle to determine the intended point of invasion. Wolfe is forced to partner with the enigmatic leader of the French Resistance, a woman known only as Primrose, as the two are pursued through the streets of Paris by the sinister commissioner of police. Hounded by larger political and economic forces that have a vested interest in their failure, Wolfe and Primrose are forced to redefine their ideas of trust and loyalty as they race against time to defeat the strategically brilliant plans of Bonaparte.
|Publisher:||Regal House Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Jaynie Royal obtained degrees in history in history and archaeology from Auckland University, New Zealand, and now seeks, in this her debut novel, to combine the dramatic suspense of a political thriller with the historical atmospherics of early nineteenth-century Paris and London. PJ lives in the Florida Keys with her husband and three children. She is currently working on her next novel.
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Killing the Bee King based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Killing the Bee King is an astonishing work of fiction imbued with the author’s passion for her craft and history. Through an intricately woven multi-layered plot of conspiracy, sabotage and deeply-entrenched loyalties, PJ Royal has the reader race through the novel with anticipation. The story gains depth with each chapter as characters and their circumstances are introduced, and an intricate plan, with many players and different objectives, is hatched. PJ Royal, without compromising the fast pace of the novel, allows the reader the time to get acquainted with the protagonists, their motivations, and their milieus. Starting off with an alliance between the fiery and quick-witted Irishman, Wolfe Trant, and the hardened yet vulnerable Primrose, the net is cast even wider spanning French, British and Irish politicians and dissenters with different agendas. The mission Wolfe and Primrose are entrusted with is curtailed at every turn by treason and set-backs, injecting the story with unexpected twists. The arena in which they operate, early 19th century England and France is fraught with tension and animosity, complicated by Ireland’s desire for emancipation. Within this broad tapestry, PJ Royal pays attention to every weft and warp through meticulous yet subtly inserted detail. Consider for instance this exquisite description: ‘She walked, as all of the Paris poor did at this time of the year, in a curiously half-hunched scurrying motion intended, above all, to conserve what little body heat remained beneath this ragged attire.” Killing the Bee King is a unique engaging novel which heralds the arrival of a remarkable author on the scene of historical fiction.
Meticulously researched, and vividly portrayed, this thrilling read draws you in, and doesn't let go. PJ Royal has created a sophisticated and gripping adventure story, set in a period of English history that serves as the perfect backdrop to this historical drama. Highly recommended.