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2020 SOVA Award Winner

Full Cast audio production featuring Shane East, Tara Langella, Marnye Young, and Patrick Zeller.

His king or his conscience...which will he choose?

It is the winter of 1776, and Captain John Carlisle, one of His Majesty’s not-so-finest, has gone back to the scene of the crime to right a wrong so dark it left a permanent stain on what was once an illustrious career and left a man broken, defeated, in search of justice....

In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the six nations of the Iroquois and the colonial army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray. But a chance meeting with a beautiful, half-Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission - and devastate her people. 

Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve the king and country, but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice....

This book contains graphic content and depictions of war.

Trigger warning: graphic violence

©2018 T. J. London (P)2020 T. J. London

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An absolute must read/listen

I am NOT a historical romance reader, so I was seriously worried I wouldn’t enjoy this book. I was mistaken. I loved it.

I’m not familiar with this era, so I have to trust the author for the acuracy of all the details–society, politics and everyday life. Yet I felt like I was there. You get a feel of what it was like to live there and then, and the various life experiences depending on your origins.

Because colonialism was a thing back then, expect a copious amount of xenophobia–or fetishism, of course. And don’t forget some misogyny. It didn’t bother me at all. It helped define the characters and their motivations too.

The whole plot was just enough complicated to create a gripping story, while not being too confusing. It linked the big History–the war–and the more personal intrigues of the characters through a convincing web of alliances, revenge plans and selfish greed.

The romance is only a tiny piece of the whole story, but I really loved the passion simmering right from the beginning and how it evolved.

With such a story–with multiple point of views–an audiobook with more than two narrators seemed obvious, and the cast was perfect. The accents of the various characters, as well as the delivery of all the powerful emotions, made this audiobook more like a movie without images. An absolute must read/listen.

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  • Vida._.Loca
  • 10-09-20

Excellent Story

The Tory was my first historical fiction book/audiobook and T.J. London was a new to me author. I. AM. A. FAN! This story is very well written and the narration adds a whole new level.

I admit I listened to the first chapter a few times as I was in awe of Shane East's narration. I tend to listen to him in the romance genre, so this was a nice and very surprising change, His narration in the first chapter will draw you into the story as the tortured, naive but well-meaning, Captain John Carlisle.

Tara Langella, as Dellis, has overcome a traumatizing past and is fierce and unwavering. She refuses to fall into the typical role expected of the women of this era and does her best to keep her family unit intact.

Marnye Young, as Celeste, is sharp and perceptive. She is ALWAYS calculating and has learned to play men to her benefit.

Patrick Zeller, as Roger. Oh, Roger. He is diabolical and as much as I know I should dislike him, I couldn't. He's so wickedly good at being bad and I kinda love it.

This cast and their narration are stellar. I'm glad I learned of this story from Shane's Twitter following and took a chance with a different genre. I was not disappointed and should you take a chance, you won't be disappointed either. I eagerly look forward to the next story in the saga.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 07-09-20

Captivating!

This was my first TJ London's book, and definitely won't be my last. This is the first book in The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, an outstanding Historical Romance. Wow! I loved it! The characters are great and well developed. John and Dellis's slow burn romance is enthralling. John is a wonderful character, intriguing, secretive, and fascinating. Dellis is a fantastic character, surprisingly strong, and determined. Their journey is full of adventure, and action. There is a lot going on in this story. The storyline is well written, descriptive, intricate, emotional, suspenseful, filled with danger, betrayal, secrets, intrigue, and twists and turns. The scenery is well described, and easy to imagine. Some graphic scenes are rough to listen to. The cast of supporting characters is impressive. The audio quality is impeccable. Shane East, Tara Langella, Patrick Zeller, and Marnye Young did an extraordinarily great job with the narration. This audiobook exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed it, and I HIGHLY recommend it. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the serie, The Traitor, to know what happens next!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 04-09-20

Top 5 listens of my year!

A story to captivate your mind, The Tory is phenomenal.TJ London takes us on a journey, in the winter of 1776. Captain John Carlisle is undercover to clear his name. Posing as a war profiteer, he meets Dellis an Oneida Innkeeper. These two have the most interesting relationship, both intellectual and slow burn romantic. She introduces John to people to sell his goods and lets him gain trust and support of those around him. With unfortunate circumstances, dangerous characters, and intriguing partners, John takes us on an adventure. London’s descriptive writing lets us visualize each scene as it unfolds and experience the story as if we were there. It’s an amazing story, and I can’t wait to find out where John takes us next.

Narrated by 4 voice actors, the story is brought to life. Shane East, Patrick Zeller, Marnye Young and Tara Langella are fantastic storytellers and together brought out the essence of this story. Each character its own voice, inflections and nuances drawing out the frustrations, fear and emotions. This is an amazing cast of narrators and they brought me hours of entertainment.

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  • Jenny Zimmerman
  • 04-09-20

EXCELLENT STORY

WOW, where to begin without giving away any spoilers....This story was magnificent with all the plot twists throughout the entire story!!

The characters were amazing!! Ed and I enjoyed getting to know each character and listening intently on how each character played a certain roll within the story. We could feel what the characters were feeling. They felt so very real.

The story-line was intriguing and kept us wanting to listen to more. It's no joke when I say that we listened to this 15 hour and 15 minute story in about 3 days because we just HAD to know what would happen next. And the way the author ended it...well it left us a bit deflated because we needed to know more!! London is a fantastic storyteller and she has gained two new followers and we are impatiently waiting for the next book.

The narrators were, I have no words for them!! They were remarkable and that's not even doing them justice. We loved their voice overs and they really made the story come to life. This is the first time that we have had the chance to listen to an audiobook with four narrators in it and OMG, they are for sure academy award winning narrators in my book!! Their voices along with the addicting plot twists kept us extremely entertained from beginning to end and has left us with some burning questions!! So we are desperate for book 2 and can't wait for its release!! Edson and I give this book a standing ovation to the author, the characters and the narrators for a splendid adventure and story.

DISCLAIMER: Due to graphic scenes and depictions of war, reader discretion is advised.

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  • Lisa
  • 25-09-20

Story & Narration was beyond amazing

Audiobook review: This book was sooooo good. I’m not normally one to listen to or read historical anything but I am a fan now. TJ London is a new to me author but she has earned herself a new fan in me.

The narration was beyond amazing. Three of the four were new to me narrators but they all did such an amazing job. I became so invested in all the aspects of the story and now I’m counting down the days until I can listen to the next book.

Bravo Ms. London. Very well done.

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  • kimbacaffeinate
  • 09-09-20

Captivating and entertaining

I love historical fiction and was excited to dive into the first audiobook of the Rebels and Redcoats Saga with its brilliant cast of narrators. TJ London did not disappoint. I laughed, cried, and found myself completely immersed in the period. Rich imagery, historical details, and complex characters gave way to a riveting storyline.

Shane East was the perfect voice for John, and it was delightful to hear him perform in a different genre. Outstanding. I adore Tara Langella, who brings everything to the mic. Her voice for Dellis was perfection. Patrick Zeller was brilliant as Roger and I kind of love him. LOL Marnye Young is Celeste, and I cannot imagine anyone else.

Fans of historical sagas and novels by Diana Gabaldon and Genevieve Graham will devour this audiobook. I cannot wait for THE TRAITOR.

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  • Chris Cox
  • 03-09-20

I could not get enough of Captain John Carlisle

I was so excited for the audiobook because a friend told me about it. I ended up downloading the ebook sample because I couldn't wait, which then lead me to purchase the full book because I just could not put it down. I completely devoured it because I was so taken in by the writing, the way the story was told and all of the amazing characters. There are scenes that will make you cry, get angry, feel scared and even a few that will make your heart melt. It's definitely what I would call an epic level story.

I was given the opportunity to listen to an advance copy of the audiobook. Let me tell you this, I was absolutely blown away by the audio performance. Coming into this audio, I had heard prior performances by only one of the 4 narrators. I knew the caliber to expect from one of them, but the others were new to me. Every single one of them was outstanding! They all were able to bring T.J.'s characters to life. Trust me, you're gonna want to buy this audiobook.

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  • Mark and Chrissie
  • 29-05-21

Well Done-Absolutely Fantastic and Gripping

No spoilers- but this is a historical romance that is full of espionage and intrigue that leaves you panting for the second book.
The love story is compelling and the chemistry is very very well done
I will warn you that there are some graphic torture scenes but lays true to the time period
The narration is superb and well casted! Well worth the credit!

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  • CynDL
  • 15-04-21

Overwhelmingly fascinating

The Tory by T.J. London is exciting, emotional, and the full-cast narration brings this story to full-blown life. It’s filled with passion, intrigue, burning hot romance, and fascinating characters. All things that kept me reading into the night. The scenery descriptions and events in the story were so captivating that at times I needed to set it aside to catch my breath. I highly recommend The Tory if you love action and romance together. This book is a great introduction to the Rebels and Redcoats series which promises to be an epic experience. I cannot wait to read the next book The Traitor which I am sure will bring me more sleepless nights.

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  • Laurie Anne
  • 03-04-21

historical romance newbie

This is my first book by TJ and was recommended by book friends. I had bought the book but knew it was going to end on a cliffhanger so wanted to wait until I had a release date for the next book.
I knew I wanted this book because of the narration and full cast is something I really enjoy because it brings the book to life like a movie for my ears!
But, I wasn't expecting to love this as much as I did!
TJ made me want to do more research into this time period.
She has managed what no other prior history teacher has before..get me interested in this subject!!
I was drawn into Shane's portrayal of John Carlisle, his character went through a transition through his experiences during the war. I expect great things from him in the next book.
Tara as Dellis is the the true hero of this book, imho. What she endured, her losses...they didn't break her, they made her stronger.
I know it's wrong to love the villain, but Patrick Zeller is just phenomenal in his portrayal of Roger, he's psychotic and devious and I know there's going to be more to this character in the next book.
Marnye is perfect as Celeste, who's conniving and looks out for number one. I have a feeling about her!
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next book!!