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Meet Richard Fitzwarren - an anti-hero with a dubious past, questionable morals, but unswerving loyalties. Jack Fitzwarren, Richard’s displaced bastard brother, seeks a place at his brother’s side. Impulsive and hotheaded, his attempts to gain his brother’s acceptance and approval often end badly. Finally, the brothers are brought head-to-head when Richard tries to foil a plot against Elizabeth I.

Can Jack murder his brother to save a woman he’s never met?

Will Richard accept his fate and fight? Or will he run?

As Tudor England erupts following the death of Edward VI, can one young spy protect his queen?

International best-selling author Sam Burnell takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with this magnificent new epic A Queen’s Spy.

In 1553, England is torn apart by religious conflict. Power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and brotherly love. 

Richard Fitzwarren, caught in the middle of a cruel family feud, wants nothing more than to make his own way in the world. A childhood friend of the Princess Elizabeth, he cannot forget his loyalty in her time of need. 

Pressured by her sister Mary, Elizabeth’s continued existence remains precarious throughout her reign. The divide between Catholic Mary and Anne Boleyn’s Protestant daughter Elizabeth is a deep one.

“It combines murder, mystery, and intrigue in a most masterful way.” (Rita Kroon, author of Letters from the Past)

©2018 Sam Burnell (P)2019 Sam Burnell

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Load of old cobblers

The usual nonsense with clunky text and much repetition. I’m afraid the narrator is awful too. His accents are dreadful and waver all over the place.

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Fabulous find

I have a love of history, much better than any soap opera, with death, love and twists and turns. So to find this set of books is perfect, the author has a good level of history mixed in with a plot with many twists and turns. Alongside this the Narrator has a voice that changes for each character, which has you completely absorbed in the characters and the plot twists, his voice is absolutely fabulous. Can wait for next one

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  • LG
  • 19-04-21

Misleading title, disappointing trilogy

If you were expecting historical murders or insight into mediaeval justice, you will be disappointed. There is precious little mystery in this trilogy, unless you count the anti-hero's infuriating reluctance to explain what is going on, and no courtroom dramas. This was a little surprising, given Sam Burnell's legal background. Nearly all the action takes place during the accession and reign of Nary Tudor and a rather implausible plot to carry off her half-sister Elizabeth to safety in Holland. There is potential here but, unfortunately, Ms Burne has not yet acquired all the tricks of a novelist's trade, with regard to characterisation, conversation and scene-setting. As a result, the plot is difficult to follow and does not capture the listener's imagination, Having said this, the quality of writing improves significantly in the third volume, Narration is fine but I would not recommend paying full price for this trilogy.

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Not bad 😊

I loved it! Great narration, interesting maybe not keeping you on the edge all the time but I enjoyed it. Simply a normal book to read or hear :-)

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Disappointing. Don't get sucked in.

This should have been so much better. The characters are interesting and the Tudor background is intriguing. However, I gave up half way through the second book because I genuinely couldn't bear the lack of cohesion and the two dimensional characters. The plot meanders, if you can figure out what the plot is, and any conflict between the characters just relies on the brothers having yet another argument about nothing or the same thing. I am not sure if there was a huge chunk missing from the end of the first book as it ended so abruptly and I only found out what happened when I was well into the second. There are far too many characters, I lost track, and the author seemed so intent on letting the reader know he had done historical research that the plot and the momentum was lost in exposition. A good editor was sorely lacking, too much, 'he said, he replied'.
If you are a fan of the tudor period and can forgive plot holes and lack of depth, then you may enjoy this. But be warned that the characters are decidedly predictable, right down to the tart with a heart, yawn. I am now suspicious, having checked the reviews and noticed the dates on the good ones are all very close together, that the author just got his mates to write reviews for him. Having said that, the book is not served well by the narration, so that may have been part of the problem. The reader makes every other man sound like he is auditioning for the voiceover job for action movie cinema trailers, sooo gravelly, and the women sound like pantomime dames. I don't give up on books easily but I just had enough.

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IF YOU LOVE EASTENDERS....THIS IS FOR YOU

I'M A GRET FAN OF HISTORICAL NOVELS SO HAVING READ THE REVIEWS, THOUGHT I'D GET BOTH BOX SETS........
I LISTENED TO ABOUT 30 PAGES ~ AND THAT WAS A STRUGGLE ~ AND THEN JUST HAD TO GIVE UP.
THE NARATOR MAKES THE 2 MAIN CHARACTERS SOUND LIKE THE MITCHELL BROTHERS FROM EASTENDERS....NOT BEING A FAN OF THAT PROGRAMME, I JUST COULDN'T GET PASSED THE VOICE CHARACTERISATIONS ~ SPOILT THE WHOLE THING FOR ME.
ALSO, THEIR VOICES WERE SO QUIET, I HAD TO REALLY STRAIN TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY WERE SAYING.
I CANNOT COMMENT ON THE STORY LINE...MAINLY BECAUSE I HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE WHAT IT WAS.
I AM NOW STUCK WITH 2 BOX SETS THAT I HAVEN'T AND NEVER WILL LISTEN TO. SHAME.

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Disappointed, too much trivia.

Reviews good but do not agree, not as good as Sansom, Clements or Parris. Gave up during Chapter 7 Queens Spy. Felt story was slow, mundane detail, like reading a series soap show script, little substance that does not absorb you. A measure of a good book is the difficulty in stopping, the book stopped me listening despite persevering to carry on.

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Gruff manly voices with moderate storyline ....

So I like its a compilation and honest its not that awful .... but it is very gruff "manly man says manly man" things .... the narration doesn't help (but he really does well with what he has to work with ...) - there is a great story here - it just isnt this one ...

But its not a bad way to pass a few hours - the narrator is good, given what he has to work with, the story is trite but it really is a fascinating time and its historically accurate ....

I'm probably harsh here because the reviews were so good (and I wanted it to be good!) .. its not Shardlake by any means .... but its not awful ...

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  • Michael A. Greene
  • 02-09-20

Compelling to listen to

The narrator is English, which fits in well with the books as they are set in Tudor England. He’s easy to listen to and the descriptions have you painting an amazing picture in your mind of a world five hundred years in the past. Good job Sam Burnell.

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  • Jason V. Schiller
  • 02-09-20

Made me late for work!

I ended up sat in the car in the car park and arrived late! Was Jack dead! Surely not! I just had to find out and listen to the next chapter. It’s good stuff, the characters are men of their times, the landscape is a dangerous one, and both are well equipped to survive.

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  • Dewey S. Doty
  • 02-09-20

Good Books

This is not romantic historical fiction – thank God. I was given an audio code and I was bit concerned that the hero’s would be sweeping the heroines off their feet and speeding away on white horses. Not the case. This is more like Bernard Cornwell, and Richard Fitzwarren is a match for Sharpe, a proper anti-hero with a maverick streak. Loved it.

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  • Cynthia M. Brooks
  • 13-01-20

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A good story, an excellent author and a wonderful narrator have come together to make this a feast for those who love historical fiction. Set in Elizabethan England the story follows the paths of two brothers as they try and make their way through life. There are many obstacles thrown in their way, some you can see coming and some just land unexpectedly.

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  • Thomas R. Paulino
  • 02-09-20

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The year is 1552, the young King, Edward, Henry VIII’s son is dying, and a race to claim the throne begins! Northumberland wants to place Jane Grey on the throne but he needs to outwit Mary, Henry’s daughter. Stuck in the middle of this political mess are the Fitzwarren brothers. Richard Fitzwarren needs to make what he can from the situation and if that means changing sides then so be it.

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  • Digna S. Berggren
  • 12-01-20

16th Century Brought To Life

Loved the characters and the setting. My favourite character just has to be Lizbet – what a woman – you can’t help but like this cheeky and loud young woman who seems to be afraid of nothing. Trust me, Lizbet will make you smile. Women in the 16th Century were extremely oppressed with very few rights and I think she has been purposefully included as a way to get around this, as a modern reader we would have extreme difficulty in dealing with the way women were actually treated and spoken to, so a little fiction is not a bad thing.

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  • Betty R. Ford
  • 10-01-20

Good Audio Series

This is the first in the Fitzwarren audio series, and I was delighted when I got to the end to find out that there was more – I was not ready to leave Richard and Jack behind sure that their story was not quite at a close.

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  • Michael A. Boyd
  • 02-09-20

Waiting for the TV Series now

I head read somewhere that this series had been optioned and I can’t wait for Starz or Netflix to take it up. The characters are great, the story excellent and Richard and Jack just get into one scrape after another.

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  • Rigoberto V. Dixon
  • 09-01-20

Tudor Trials

Richard Fitzwarren is a tudor noble on a mission to take back what he has lost. Along the way he finds, by accident, Jack, his estranged brother. Their relationship starts out as a difficult one but over time when they are tested against each other they finally unite. Enjoyed the sense of time the author brought to the book along with some interesting historical details. It’s always nice to go away and think “well I never knew that!”

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  • A. N. Sloan
  • 20-01-21

Excellent historical fiction

Set after Henry XIII’s death & his last wife has remarried & this is the backdrop of the story. The characters are exciting & like able. The story line is fast paced & full of adventure. Excellent boxed set!

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