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Publisher's Summary

The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies.
The summer of 1553 is a time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, has been reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king’s brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth’s protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.
A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth’s quest to discover the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. With only a bold stable boy and an audacious lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder.
Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, The Tudor Secret is the first book in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles.
©2011 C. W. Gortner (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Gortner handles action with aplomb, adding a riveting, fast-paced thriller to the crowded genre of Tudor fiction." ( Publishers Weekly)
"An exciting, vividly rendered story of intrigue and espionage." ( Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By joan on 06-17-13

English History

I've always been fascinated by Henry the 8th and the period after his death. The enmity between the church of England and the Catholics has been the subject of much writing and I've read some. If you are ignorant, this might not be the book for you. If, as I am, you're a history buff, go for it.
While reading, I learned quite a bit about this period since much of the book is based on fact, all but the main character. It's a wonderful story, if a bit confusing with all the Lords, Dutchesses etc. If you read it, I would use some reference material (I confess I used Wikipedia) to keep the folks straight.
Plots and counter plots abound and make for a really enjoyable narrative.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Tatiana Christiansen on 05-08-15

Not historical fiction

I like historical fiction but this ho hum book doesn't fall into that category. Yes, it takes place during Elizabethan times and yes, The Princesses Mary and Elizabeth actually lived . My problem is with the main charaacter being fictional and the situation which the book revolves around is too. It's a nice light romantic read but I didn't learn anything from it.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By kate on 05-30-12

The Tudor Secret

I've READ Gortner's other books and enjoyed them. I'm not sure if this was good. I think it was, but the reader trashed it. He made it seem melodramatic and implausible, but the text itself was fine. If this becomes a series, please select a different reader. If it's the same one, I won't bother. If it's a different reader, I'll give it a go.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By hcowans on 07-13-14

Could not finish

I'm sure it's a good story but narrator was so bad I stopped after two hours :(
Nothing else to say

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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