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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (931 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. W. Gortner Narrator: Steve West Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles Release Date:
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The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies.

Summer 1553 was 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dazzling cast of characters…at its heart, the brilliant and enigmatic Elizabeth. Never have spy and counterspy been more challenged, villains more duplicitous, and life for those in power—or hoping to be—more dangerous…Fast-moving tale of espionage and suspense…The velvet peril of Tudor England comes alive in this haunting look at Elizabeth I’s secret spy.”

    Margaret George, author of The Autobiography of Henry VIII

  • “Even Tudor fans who know the key players and historical backdrop will be captivated by Gortner’s storytelling and his engaging hero. [Gortner] juxtaposes his naïve and loyal hero with the cruel Robert Dudley, enhancing the plot and grabbing reader interest as much as the quick pace and lush historical references. This novel is both entertaining and thoughtful.”

    Romantic Times 

  • “Riveting…Gortner handles action with aplomb...a riveting, fast-paced thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A brilliantly executed plot and three-dimensional characters…This is historical fiction, and very well done at that; very highly recommended.”

    Historical Novels Review, editors’ choice

  •  “An exciting, vividly rendered story of intrigue and espionage.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Leandra de Sousa | 2/19/2014

    " I read this book about a month (and a bit) ago and have been meaning to write a review about it. Unfortunately this book was so unmemorable that I cannot remember anything about it besides the fact that I didn't agree with the way Elizabeth was portrayed. I think the fact that it is so unmemorable says it all. Sorry Gortner, I'm going to give the Queen's Vow a go and hopefully it will be ... better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wisteriouswoman | 2/13/2014

    " I use to really like historical fiction. This book reminds me why. The book is filled with espionage and suspense mixed in with the feel of court in the time of Elizabeth I before she becomes queen. I had to check my book on historical figures in English history to get a better idea of which characters in the book were real and their role in history. The main character,Bendon,is an orphan boy who eventually ends up serving at court as Lord Robert Dudley's squire. There is romance, adventure, and a bit of a mystery. The historical part is the backdrop and doesn't drag down the story or make it tedious and boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Josephine | 2/3/2014

    " am listening to this on audio. I love historical fiction and this is a very interesting story, about the Tudor's of england. Really like the story, the reader is very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary G. | 1/22/2014

    " This was a great read. Although not a fan of the TV show The Tudors, Gortner really showed off the world of Elizabeth Tudor. The main charachter is interesting and the opening really gripped me. Looking forward to the next in the series. "

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