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Feud

Narrated by: Mike Rogers
Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

In 1459, England stands on the brink of chaos. The most powerful nobleman in the land, Richard of York, and the weak king, Henry of Lancaster, prepare to settle their differences on the battlefield. As the rule of law breaks down all over England, old scores are being settled. 

For a long time, the Elders and the Radcliffes have been, at best, uncomfortable neighbours, but when Ned Elder's father and brother are murdered and his sisters abducted by the Radcliffes, the young knight is forced to flee from his home. With only a few loyal companions, he is hounded across the land by the Radcliffes. His sister Emma is torn from the quiet solitude of her household and forced into marriage, while Eleanor, her wild and beautiful younger sister, is condemned to imprisonment in a remote nunnery. Since neither Ned, nor his sisters, are willing to concede all to the Radcliffes without a fight, an old feud is rekindled. 

For the Elders, nothing will ever be the same again.Their fate now will hang not just upon Ned's skill with a sword, but on the courage of his sisters and the girl he loves. Even so, they are young, they make mistakes, and they will need help if they are to survive, for once the feud begins, no-one is safe....

Amid the carnage and misery of the Wars of the Roses, the bitter struggle for survival is played out to its shocking conclusion.  

©2012, 2017 Derek Birks (P)2018 Derek Birks

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"From the eye-catching cover to the last page, Feud is an exciting story of survival through personal upheaval during a vicious war, where the outcome is not always certain." (Historical Novel Society)

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  • 05-06-19

Action from start to finish, highly recommended!

This is the 1st book I have listened to from Derek, and I have to say it was excellent. A number of books I read take time to get started, but this book has you gripped from the very start. Great War of the Roses story, great narration, all round excellent book. I believe there are more books in this series, I look forward to reading these when they are available on audible.

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  • presterjohn1
  • 31-08-19

Great medieval action!

This novel has plenty of action mixed with a bit of romance and political intrigue. The plot centres on the titular feud between two noble families against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses.

There are truly vile villains and heroes who face their enemies with bravery and self-doubt. Edmund Radcliffe is an utterly evil creation.

The heroines are well-developed and respond to their circumstances in very different ways. The author clearly demonstrates that these poor women live in a man's world. For all that, they have their strength and fight for their freedom and happiness.

The author writes his action and his characters well and I expect to read on in this series.

Mike Rogers is a very effective and professional narrator.

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  • Magnus
  • 27-06-19

16 hrs on the edge of your seat!

If you just picked up this book, or you're about to do so, keep this in mind... Relaxing? No! This is a 16 hour dose of non-stop action and suspense, straight from known history.

This book offers a very plausible glimpse into the lives of the people who lived and died during England’s most turbulent times or what has become known as the War of the Roses. As a devotee of Historical Fiction, this one hit the spot even though at times the endless string of “unfortunate events” that seem to hit our protagonists get to be a little bit too much. The battles and other major events so vividly described in the book are historical facts as well as the many historical figures that appear. The fictional characters have been delicately woven into the story and who is to say that they’re not founded in real persons… who knows?

Overall, this is a very enjoyable book and I eagerly await the other three books in the series to become available on Audible.