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Publisher's Summary

In this special prequel to Matthew Reilly’s The Tournament, Roger Ascham, the unorthodox tutor of Princess Elizabeth, is tasked by King Henry VIII with a most unusual and dangerous mission – tracking down a favourite prostitute of the King's who has gone missing.

©2014 Matthew Reilly (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Enjoyable!

It was a little Sherlock Holmes with historical touches. I really enjoyed it. Quick fun book. Listened on my way home from work.

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Not my cup of tea as far as mystery books go!

I enjoy mystery/crime/suspense/thriller type stories. Normally I like modern day stories but I thought I would give a storyline with a king in it a chance. Needless to say it had some of what I like but it was to short n easily solved.

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Made me want to hear "The Tournament"!

I'm new to Matthew Reilly's books, and found this to be a juicier morsel than anticipated--much like an hors-d'oeuvre that looks to be of interest, and proves to be delicious.

As an avid fan of historical fiction, I'm fascinated by Reilly's depiction of King Henry VIII--as a brash and irreverent monarch AND doting father, and of his daughter, a young "Princess" Elizabeth--yes, fellow history buffs--THAT Princess Elizabeth. And having had the good fortune to have visited the Tower of London (reportedly haunted by the ghost of Ann Boleyn) and other sites of England's rich history, I'm even more intrigued at what Mr Reilly has in store for us in future books.

Admittedly, there are a few more "He said's" and "She said's" than necessary, and the mystery seemed a bit shy of what Sherlock Holmes fans might expect, however, this story has, for me, done exactly what the author intended--it's whetted my appetite and made me want to hear more, and for that I congratulate you Mr. Reilly. I look forward to hearing "The Tournament"!

And to Mr Humphrey Bower--my compliments, Sir, on a flawless narration! You made "The King's Lost Girl" come to life!

And a request for you, Mr. Reilly, tell us more about Isabella, and REALLY introduce us to the king's lost girl....you've shown us her beauty from a distance, but WHO is she?

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a good short story read beautifully. a

all neatly tied up, a good murder mystery for before bed! it wasnt scary until the end when it was really scary! the audio narrator was perfect for the book.

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Great fun

Fun listen. Sherlock Holmes style short story
Will written. Nicely read. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommended .

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Enjoyed this

What did you love best about FREE PRODUCT - Roger Ascham and the King's Lost Girl?

The development of a new series from Matthew Reilly. I hope Matthew continues down this line of story telling and developes the characters and plots more. This story to me is a sign that Matthew has moved on from his action infused days of story telling.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot was well written and the main character was not some ex Military / ex CIA type with super human abilities that manages to dodge millions of bullets and extreme situations. Dont get me wrong, Scare Crow Rocks and Contest is still my favorite book, but there is only so many unbelievable situations the human mind can handle. Some times a little reality is needed.

Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

I likes him as roger actually. He performed the Narration perfectly.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, I simply enjoyed the read.

Any additional comments?

I recommend that you listen to this after Mathews Previous book Tournament. The story will flow allot better. As always though if you want to listen to Matthew at his best get Contest.

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Book was ok.

It was okay. I guess I can't complain about a free book but it didn't make me want to read anything else by this author. If you don't mind the F word then you should be fine but I didn't find it necessary at all.

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Intriguing

What made the experience of listening to FREE PRODUCT - Roger Ascham and the King's Lost Girl the most enjoyable?

Interesting plot, descriptive language, it moves right along, nice easy reading short story.

What other book might you compare FREE PRODUCT - Roger Ascham and the King's Lost Girl to and why?

not sure at this time

Which scene was your favorite?

Investigative scene at brothel.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

pleasant easy read

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interesting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

eh, yes because it was free.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, It was pretty predictable and I had it figured out after like 5 minutes.

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  • Japheth
  • Hobart, TAS, Australia
  • 01-13-15

An enjoyable accompaniment to The Tournament

I thoroughly enjoyed this short story prequel to The Tournament. Beautifully captures the event and Ascham's character that were alluded to in the latter events of the novel.

Also found Humphrey Bower's narration wonderful to listen to. Actually reminded me of Russell Crowe.

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  • shirley
  • 02-15-15

excellent Narrative

Excellent story and the narrator was spot on. The author always writes interesting and well researched books

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  • janet
  • 02-14-15

A little gem

Really enjoyed this freebie, I was drawn in immediately and my interest didn't wane.
Nice pace, atmospheric and very well narrated. thankyou

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  • Gillian
  • 02-09-15

Nice free gift

Good historical short story that I recieved as a free gift. As such it was greatly appreciated. An interesting half hours listen.

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  • James Leader
  • 01-20-15

A Great Little Listen

Enjoyable and entertaining. Can't beat it for the price. It's a good story, well read.

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  • Barbara Wharton
  • 01-01-15

Loved this

This is a great short story. I was really taken back in time would make a good film

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  • IAN
  • 11-15-17

This was a really good mystery.

Although a bit grizzly towards the end, I found that I did enjoy this mystery from Matthew Reilly.

Matthew has taken Princess Elizabeth (I) real tutor and woven a tale of mystery that is very good, with for me anyway the likable character of Roger Ascham.

This was a really good mystery with a good set of characters and well plotted and written.

I know Matthew has written The Tournament as the next full length mystery, but I would love to see more Roger Ascham novels and short stories in the future.

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  • Julie
  • 09-09-17

Not his best.

Any additional comments?

I normally love Matthew's book and own all of them as audio books, I enjoy them that much.
So was very disappointed with this one. I know it was a short story and just introducing you to a New set of characters/ type of story, but it seemed to lack Matthew's gun ho action. Yes I know it was set in olden times with things like dungeons and the rack etc but he has written plots set in the past a lot better (see Temple). I guess it didn't help that it was so short and I didn't warm up to the main character.

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  • Cinnamon M Andrews
  • 07-04-17

Fun short story

Easy, quick listen with likeable protagonist. I'd be interested in more from the same author

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  • MISS
  • 10-15-16

good short story

good short story would suit both genders from ages of 14 up to 100. not just another boring tuder book.

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  • Teresa Cooper
  • 10-06-15

A free book.

What a good murder mystery and what's more its free. Princess Elizabeth Tudor's teacher is asked by Henry viii to find his missing pleasure girl. What the tutor finds is horrifying.

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  • Anna
  • 03-26-15

Great short story

Great short story, easy to listen to narration and it's free! Another great story from Matthew Reilly. Love, murder and mystery in under 60 minutes.

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  • J
  • 08-07-15

An easy listen.

A lovely listen for the last hour of my car journey. Well read. An interesting historical jaunt and great for free.

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  • shelley
  • 04-27-15

New author for me

I just loved this book the whole concept of an historical novel It is new to me and most enjoyable.

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  • Martina Taliano
  • 01-24-15

My first audio book and I loved it!

Fantastic story and so engaging to listen to. Will definitely be buying some more in the future. Also my first Matthew Reilly book, won't be the last

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  • LeezaH
  • 12-18-14

Great prequel

Everything Matthew Reilly writes is gold, love his books. This is the informative back story of Roger Ascham it gives you a small insight into his background. Thank you MR.

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  • William
  • 04-10-18

FANTASTIC

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roger Ascham, because he is like a real lif Sherlock Holmes. he actually existed. weather he really did do detective work i dont know, but he was Elizabeths tutor.

Any additional comments?

brilliant short story.

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  • Brendan
  • 08-31-17

an excellent book

I loved this book. I was sorry it was so short ! very well written

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  • Shane
  • 01-17-17

awesome

Love it , listen to it all the time.
I just wish it was longer.

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  • Dawn
  • 02-17-16

My First

1st audio book. I loved it soo much I subscribed! Havent used my imagination so intensely in a long time :)

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  • Jennifer2
  • 10-18-15

Great naration

An interesting if unbelievable short story. Satisfying finish to the gruesome activities. The reader is very good.