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Meet Richard Fitzwarren - An anti-hero with a dubious past, questionable morals but unswerving loyalties

Box Set - containing the novella "The Tudor Heresy" and A Queen's Spy and A Queen's Traitor.

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 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?

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

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.

©2018 Sam Burnell (P)2018 Sam Burnell

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Three books in one

There are three books included in the pack, a short intro the series and then two full length ones. They are detailed and really bring the times which they are written about to life, when you have been listening to these for a few hours you really do feel like you have become a part of the times in which these guys lived in. The main characters are dynamic, although not always nice, however as the story progresses you like them and their flaws more. I personally likes Jack the most, he has had the harder life of the two and his struggles both emotionally and physically were the harder to bear.

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Excitement from start to finish

This is fast paced, and I know it is a cliché to say “there is never a dull moment,” but in the case of this series that is certainly the true. The brother go from one scrape to another and don’t always emerge from them intact either, which makes the series believable. Jack ends up in debtors jail in London and the situation and the circumstances are quite bleak and I really felt the cold cloying evil of the place as I listened.

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A Tale of Two Brothers

The path of brotherly love often never runs smoothly and that is the case in this book. They are from two very very different backgrounds, with totally different outlooks on life, religion, society and politics. And their opinions they readily share with the reader and each other. The situation between them could have been written at any point in history really, the relationship between them in the key to this book, and having an adoptive brother myself that I did not meet until later on in life I completely identified with Richard and Jack.

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Great Story

I was left very much wanting more, and very pleased to find out that when the lads flee to Holland from London their story will continue in the next book A Queen’s Mercenary. It would have been a crying shame if their adventures had been cut short especially after it has taken 900 pages to actually get them to like and respect one another – most of the time.

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A Tudor Adventure Extravaganza

The book tracks the fortunes of two brothers and their paths do certainly not run smoothly. Just when it looks as if something might be going right for them the rug is pulled out and they are back to square one. The books are believeable and well written, and both of the main characters are described superbly and by the start of A Queen’s Traitor which opens with Jack on his lonely journey north I felt I had a real understanding of him. I really empathised with his sense of loss. Male characters in books rarely have their emotions well presented but they do here. The loss of his brother drives him along a path which can only be described as self destructive and it takes the intervention of Richard when he finds him to save him.

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Good Box set

This starts off with a short series introduction that really sets the scene for the next two full length books. At lot of what happens later on and the main characters reaction in certain situations can be explained when you refer back to this intro and what happened to him presumably when he was in his teens. It also served a reminder through book one that he is an honourable man – much of what occurs in book one really has your questioning this and it takes until the end of A Queen’s Spy to see that Richard Fitzwarren is loyal, honourable and a man you can wholly trust and rely on, eventhough his methods often do not sometimes seem to inconsistent with this.

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Loved it.

Richard is not a fatalist and neither am I. He trusts in his own actions and his own plans and leaves very little to chance. The books take you all over the place and it is worthwhile and interesting journey. From the hell of the debtors jail in London, to the Tudor Court, then to brothels in the city and then back to working class society. It’s a real eye opener and has been very well researched. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Elizabethan Historical

The three books surround Richard Fitzwarren and his drive to and loyalty to keep her safe. Sometimes you feel that he is driven by pure ambition but it becomes clear as you follow the books that he is driven primarily by loyalty to her and the secondly by an unswerving devotion to his brother. Sometimes he trusts Jack and sometimes he doens;t but as the books progress you start to see that what he is trying to do is educate him and bring his lost brother up to the same level that he is at. And Jack, as Richard knows and we learn is worth it. Bravo.

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Kinda Ironclad in the 1550’s

Read a couple of Templar books and I was looking for something similar and Amazon supplied this as a recommendation. I would have normally gone for something a little earlier historically so I was dubious as first. I mean Elizabeth I has been done to death. However this was new and in your face and bloody and had me emotionally involved very early on. I wanted the characters to succeed, they tried so hard and when their hopes were dashed I found myself feeling as down as they did and wanting to shout why?

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Fast paced action

If you love an action adventure with a mystery twist then this is one to pick up. The twist I will not reveal as that would really spoil the book for any new listeners. However I can assure you that this is as the advert described it “dangerously addictive” and with the degree of peril involved I was reminded very much of the Game of Thrones but without the graphic sex. This is not a romantic piece of fiction I would describe it more as male historic fiction more in the vein of Bernard Cornwell or even if you like Tom Clancy set in the 1550’s – so if you are worried about this being a bit of a chic fiction book don’t be.

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  • Rimsha
  • 07-26-18

Enjoyable

The Tudor period is one of my favourite periods in history, and especially anything to do with Elizabeth I. This story takes place before she gets to the throne and charts some events in her life that were true. The blend of fact and fiction is subtle and the historical facts are accurate which was pleasing. Richard Fitzwarren feels he owes a duty to her and he will not let anything stand in his way, even his brother he will see fall to save the lady.

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  • Arshi
  • 07-26-18

Good triple pack

Three good listens packed into one book. This runs for nearly 25 hours I like a well put together audible book and this was one of them. The story is good and easy to follow, and I found myself routing for one brother and then the other, then both as they come together and finally work as a team towards the end of the last book. Great ending. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Cashel
  • 07-26-18

A Good Audible Experience

I don’t read too many books anymore as I now have eyesight problems. So my go to these days in long audio books, the longer the better infact. I picked this up as it fitted that bill and I was not disappointed. The narration is clear and easy to understand, some of the books I have listened to are narrated a little too quickly and sometimes I find them hard to understand and to follow – not so here. Also the narrator did not do fake women’s voices which just jar and really spoil the stories for me.

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  • Kazuo
  • 07-26-18

Historical Fiction

I love historical fiction and found this a new author to add to my list of favourites. I loved the resourceful Catherine and really felt for her as she tried and failed to save her family and household, afterwards she is left with very little and has to fall back on her own resources to try ad further her own cause. In the second book we are introduced to another female lead – Lizbet has had a much harder start in life and is armed with a lot more life lessons than Catherine has had. I am hoping that both women will continue in to have roles in the next book.

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  • Diya
  • 07-26-18

Meet the Fitzwarren’s

These are two fictional characters you will not forget. They have some great dialogue, some of it will leave you laughing and some of it will indeed bring a tear to your eyes. This story could so easily have happened, indeed the relationship between them in one that has been played out since time began – separated brothers trying to reconcile not only themselves but their relationship with each other. Good story and great background.