The King's Spy

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Transworld Publishers Limited, 2013 - Всего страниц: 464

The first in a series about a quiet intellect thrust into a world of dark secrets, treachery, and vicious murder in the English Civil War

Summer, 1643: England is at war with itself. King Charles I has fled London, his negotiations with Parliament in shambles. The country is consumed by bloodshed. For Thomas Hill, a quiet man running a bookshop in a rural town, knowledge of the war is limited to the rumors that reach the local inn. When a stranger knocks on his door informing him that the king's cryptographer has died, everything changes. Aware of Thomas' expertise in codes and ciphers, the king has summoned him to Oxford. On arrival, Thomas soon discovers that nothing at court is straightforward. There is evidence of a traitor in their midst. Brutal murder follows brutal murder. And when a vital message encrypted with a notoriously unbreakable code is intercepted, more lives are in danger. Will Thomas decipher it in time to reveal the king's betrayer and prevent another violent death?

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I loved this book. Historical fiction always draws me in. I learned more than I wanted to about codes and cyphers, so much so that I started skipping those parts. Other than that a good story; a ... Читать весь отзыв

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Thomas Hill is an unassuming bookseller in the Hampshire town of Romsey at the start of the English Civil War. With his background of an Oxford education in mathematics and natural philosophy, he is ... Читать весь отзыв

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Andrew Swanstonread law at Cambridge, but was inspired to write by his lifelong interest in early modern history. His Thomas Hill novels - The King's Spy, The King's Exile and The King's Return - are set against the backdrops of the English Civil War, Cromwell's Commonwealth and the early Restoration respectively. He is also the author of Waterloo- The Bravest Man. The first in a new series of historical thrillers set during the reign of Elizabeth I, Incendium (published in paperback as The Incendium Plot) introduces academic, lawyer and intelligencer Dr Christopher Radcliff. Andrew Swanston lives in Surrey.

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