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Publisher's Summary

Optioned for new Game of Thrones-style series.

Meet Richard Fitzwarren: a mercenary with a dubious past, questionable morals, but unswerving loyalties.

Two queens, two brothers...and a secret that unites them all.

The Fitzwarren brothers share no great love for each other, but disinherited, hunted for treason, and wanted for murder, circumstance and opportunity lead them into the shadowy world of Royal Court intrigue. Caught up between two sisters in a battle for an uneasy crown, the Fitzwarren brothers grudgingly find their survival and fortune depends on each other. 

Jack Fitzwarren, Richard’s displaced bastard brother, seeks a place at his brother’s side. Impulsive and hot-headed, his attempts to gain his brother’s acceptance and approval often end badly. Finally, they 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 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.

If you like Bernard Cornwell then this is a story for you.

©2017 Samantha Burnell (P)2019 Samantha Burnell

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Exciting Series Opener

This series has it all. Action, adventure and lovable characters – eventually. The main characters, Richard and Jack, are human, they make mistakes, their plans rarely go smoothly – life happens! As such the books are believable, and their struggles worthy ones.

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Medieval Adventure. Historical Fiction. Wonderful!

Great series. Listened with Audible. Takes the edge off of my long road trips. Narrator Nathaniel Williams, with his authentic British sound, breathes real life into Burnell's medieval characters.

Enjoyed watching the relationship evolve between bastard brothers Richard and Jack. Wonderful twists in the book and plenty of action. Richard's charisma and eidetic memory give him confidence bordering on arrogance. Calloused and often dislikable, Richard redeems himself just often enough that a reader can't quite come to loathe him. Jack on the other hand is the brutish and impatient half brother who would rather lower his head and charge like an angry bull at a problem rather than go through the mental contortions necessary to think around the problem. Jack also exhibits a vulnerability in his somewhat one-sided interest in establishing a more open and honest relationship with his brother Richard. Despite their extreme differences, the one thing they have in common is their violent, loathsome brother Robert who would like nothing more than to see both their heads on a spit in order to fully secure his immense wealth and standing in society. Who will prevail?

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Action Packed

The story is a complex mix of the political and social setting in the 1550’s and against this background Richard and Jack play out their lives as they try to make the most of the turmoil England is thrown into after the death of Henry VIII’s son, Edward.

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Good audible choice

Enjoyed this from start to finish. The action is dynamic, fast paced and has you holding your breath!

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Fast Paced I Liked it

Good English narrator, which fits in with the setting, and a good mystery plot keeps you on your toes. Lots of characters and woven into the story is lots of interesting historical facts – I checked a few out on-line and was surprised to find out they were true! Good listen – can recommend.

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Engaging

Loved the tale of these two dynamic and capable brothers as they try to make the best of their difficult lives in the times of the Tudors. Their relationship starts out as a distrustful one but after a series of events that bring them closer together they stand eventually side by side.

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Mercenary For Hire Books

I first read these and recently picked up the audio to listen to. The narration for this is excellent, the narrator is English and that lends some extra credibility to the books. The story follows the fates of two brothers as they try to make their fortunes in Tudor England. Both of them driven by loyalty, but to very differing people. Richard, a childhood friend of Elizabeth I is loyal to her, and tries to protect her from the plots abounding to remove her from the succession. Jack’s loyalties are of a simpler form, but not less dynamic, he remains loyal to his brother whilst at the same time seeking his approval. The backdrop is Wyatt’s rebellion and there are plenty of historical facts to keep history buffs happy.

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Tudor Intrigue

Richard Fitwarren is a self appointed spy working to keep Princess Elizabeth (soon to be Elizabeth I) safe. A childhood friend of the princess he works tireless to ensure her safety, and eventually places his own life on the line. The descriptions are equisite the characters beautifully drawn and you will find yourself fully immersed in Tudor England.

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Enjoyable series opener

A long and enjoyable listen. The book spans a year in history from the period just before the death of Henry VIII’s son, Edward VI, and the marriage of Mary I to Philip of Spain. There is a very real sense of the political narrative of the time as well as the concerns both the political classes and the people held. Loved the main characters.

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Loved it, there was so much in this book that when I finished I listened over again. There were some plot twists and characters actions that I had not picked up on the first time. Good value for money and it played well on my iphone.

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  • 09-12-21

Epic Opener

this new longer version or Director's Cut - as I have heard is described is a much much better version than the shortened original. The author has time here to fully flesh out the chatacters and weave a good four or five plot lines through the pages.

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  • Julian J Alexander
  • 09-12-21

Spying For The Queen

The brother's are very much men of their time, and the times are violent, unpredictable and exciting.

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  • Geraint
  • 05-13-21

It’s read so awfully I am requesting a refund

Utterly awful - if a mannequin could read it would be like this. It’s so awful I haven’t even finished 10 mins

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  • Gary I Lester
  • 11-17-21

Hugely Entertaining

I started off not particularly liking Richard Fitzwarren, his acts seemed random and his treatment of his brother cruel but as the book progresses it becomes very clear why this is and I am a convert.

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  • Kindle Customer CCT.
  • 11-08-21

Boring

Unusual for me but I struggled with this book despite trying twice, I just could not find the characters interesting enough.

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  • Allison W Parks
  • 09-13-21

Audible Pick

Runs to about 15 hours and you get plenty of story and entertainment for your money.

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  • Kris B Hall
  • 09-13-21

Mystery Trials

New longer version of A Queen's Spy is great and the new narrator for the series is spot on.

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  • Shirley H Myers
  • 09-13-21

For History Buffs

Loved the patient chrasmatic Richard - it was a true delight when he finally lost his temper! Crammed with characters and historical fact.