The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez

The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez

by Ann Swinfen


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The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez by Ann Swinfen

It is the year 1586. England is awash with traitors, plotting to assassinate the Queen and bring about a foreign invasion. The young physician Christoval Alvarez, a refugee from the horrors of the Portuguese Inquisition, is coerced into becoming a code-breaker and agent in Sir Francis Walsingham's secret service. In the race to thwart the plot, who will triumph - the ruthless conspirators or the equally ruthless State?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992822835
Publisher: Shakenoak Press
Publication date: 03/29/2014
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 262,275
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Ann Swinfen spent her childhood partly in England and partly on the east coast of America. She read Classics and Mathematics at Oxford, where she married a fellow undergraduate, the historian David Swinfen. While bringing up their five children and studying for an MSc in Mathematics and a BA and PhD in English Literature, she had a variety of jobs, including university lecturer, translator, freelance journalist and software designer. She served for nine years on the governing council of the Open University and for five years worked as a manager and editor in the technical author division of an international computer company, but gave up her full-time job to concentrate on her writing, while continuing part-time university teaching. In 1995 she founded Dundee Book Events, a voluntary organisation promoting books and authors to the general public.

Her first three novels, The Anniversary, The Travellers, and A Running Tide, all with a contemporary setting but also historical resonance, were published by Random House, with translations into Dutch and German. Her fourth novel, The Testament of Mariam, marked something of a departure. Set in the first century, it recounts, from an unusual perspective, one of the most famous and yet ambiguous stories in human history. At the same time it explores life under a foreign occupying force, in lands still torn by conflict to this day. Her latest novel, Flood, is set in the fenlands of East Anglia during the seventeenth century, where the local people fight desperately to save their land from greedy and unscrupulous speculators.

The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez is the first book in a series featuring Kit Alvarez and Walsingham's secret service.

She now lives on the northeast coast of Scotland, with her husband (formerly vice-principal of the University of Dundee), a cocker spaniel and two Maine Coon cats.

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indiebrag More than 1 year ago
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez (The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez) (Volume 1) by Ann Swinfen takes us back to 1586, England, a land riddled with traitors who are plotting to kill the queen. Not only that, but they want her death to bring on a foreign invasion. A young doctor named Christoval Alvarez is a refugee from the terrors of the inquisition in Portugal, and has been talked into becoming a code breaker in the secret service of Sir Francis Walsingham. Who will come out on top in the attempt to thwart the plot? Will it be the traitors or the secret service? I love a great historical fiction and this one takes place in a time period that I love; the 1500s were an exciting time in England with intrigue all over. There is so much intrigue going on in this book it can be hard to keep some of it straight at times, but that is one of the best things about it. You can tell that Ann Swinfen has put a lot of research into what went on during this time period and weaving it into a story that is equal parts fiction to the historical events of the era. The world is rich and the characters, especially Christoval, have so many layers it keeps your attention from the first page to the last. If you want a book full of history, adventure and turns to keep you interested, this is for you. I can't wait to read more from this author.