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World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: She has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.
As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela's family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela's help, stop them before England falls?
Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.
©2017 Janet Quin-Harkin, writing as Rhys Bowen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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By RavidReader on 03-05-17

Entertaining and Engaging Storyline

When I purchased this book, I didn't expect it to be a good as Rhys Bowen's, Royal Spyness books. I was wrong -- it was better! It isn't the light-hearted fun listen that is expected in the Royal Spyness series.

The characters were believable, engaging and interesting. I felt, as I lived through the history of the period, while listening. Whenever I can vividly picture the characters and the scenery, a book has my full attention. I'm stingy with my 5 star rating. It deserves a solid 4 stars but since it exceeded my expectation, and the narration was excellent, I'm giving it 5 stars.

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By Scott on 03-17-17

Fun New Characters

I'm a big fan of the Royal Spyness series. This novel, which may or may not be a stand-alone title, has the same sort of class delineation and intrigue, but in a slightly more serious vein. I enjoyed it, despite its predictability (I anticipated the antagonist from very early on in the story). Bowen's pacing is always fine, the dialogue believable, and the plots intricate enough that you're never bored. The narrator had her hands full with so many characters, and she did a good job of giving each character a distinctive voice, though the upper class accents were a bit over the top, and her tone made the story seem lighter than it would have had I read it.

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By susan harper on 03-05-17

Narration not good

I am sorry to say that although I would have enjoyed the story I have been unable to listen to the narrator's voice. I tried speeding it up a bit but still no good....I shall have to return this book

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By Elaine on 03-21-17

Story ok, narration needs work

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, it takes too long to set the story. Then it plods along.

Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?

Yes, but not with this narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Inflection was all over the place. Often placed emphasis on the wrong word(s).

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

The narrator has a good voice but needs training on pacing and inflection.

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By Maeb on 04-28-17

Good rollicking story

I always enjoy an old fashioned lord of the manor story and this one is peppered with interesting characters that run close to the reality of the times. But it is fiction, how we would have like it and been inspired by it.

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By Anne on 03-22-17

Great read

Had me from first chapter to the last. Enjoy Rhys.Bowens work so true to
The period.

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