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The Traitor

By: T.J. London
Narrated by: Shane East,Tara Langella,Marnye Young,Patrick Zeller,Shayna Small,Nicholas Boulton
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2021 Society of Voice Arts Awards winner. Audiobook voice-over for best fiction. Audiobook voice-over for best romance.

Spy. Liar. Scoundrel. Redcoat.

Provocateur and spy for His Majesty, Captain John Carlisle returns to Fort Niagara with the secrets he stole in the arms of the beautiful Oneida innkeeper, Dellis McKesson. Determined to complete his mission and clear his name, he’ll see justice done—and damn the consequences. Now, he finds himself drawn into political intrigue, as the British prepare to launch a three-pronged attack that will bring the rebels and the Mohawk River Valley to its knees.

A dangerous revelation finds Dellis as whispers of intrigue insinuate her beloved is not all that he seems. Unwilling to wait for her lover’s return, she sets out in search of the truth as the Oneida begin negotiations with the rebels, breaking the neutrality agreement with the crown. A bold move that will stoke a fire between the brother tribes and lead to a bloody inter-confederacy war—one Dellis predicted and one John incited. While war between the colonies and the king smolders, the punishing winter of 1777 allows the perfect opportunity for old enemies to settle scores, lying in wait, ready to exploit John’s one weakness—his heart.

John is not an innocent man. The truth he’s long tried to hide from can no longer be ignored, the ghosts of the past seeking justice, and karma wanting payment for sins so dark they cannot be forgiven.

Note: This audiobook contains graphic content and depictions of war, sexual assault, rape, violence, and adult language.

©2020 T.J. London (P)2021 T.J. London

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Beautifully written and performed, an epic saga

After listening to the audio of The Tory by T.J. London in 2020, The Traitor immediately became one of my most-anticipated listens of 2021. To say that it was worth the wait is an understatement. A great audiobook has to start with an amazing book, so whether you read to listen to this, you are in for a next-level experience. This series from T.J. London has all of the hallmarks of a sweeping epic in any form. As I was listening, I could imagine it holding its own against some of the most memorable mini-series events on TV. She is an absolutely masterful writer, and you can feel her dedication to this series and the era throughout the entire experience.

Set in New York during the Revolutionary War, the reader is immersed not only in the war between the rebels and the redcoats, but we get a dramatization of how the American Indian tribes were used by both side to advance their cause. We experience a British captain questioning his loyalty and which side he’s on, an American Indian woman standing up for herself and her people during a time when women were property and natives were nothing more than pawns, an American Indian man coming into his own and deciding his path forward after years of corruption and thievery by his European father, a British war criminal so hell-bent on revenge on those he thinks have wronged him that he has devolved into the most vile and evil man, a woman who has been so used and abused by men for living that she’s turning the tables on them, and more.

Each of these characters is a puzzle whose final picture is being revealed to us piece-by-piece through a fast-paced, heart-breaking and gut-wrenching plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s consuming, and it was impossible to stop thinking about it each time I had to put the book aside to live in the real world. It’s the kind of story that stays with you, that keeps you thinking, that has you wanting more. And I know that I’m not going to be able to wait for the audio of the next book in the series, The Turncoat. I’m picking that up, and anything else that follows in the future, and reading all of T.J. London’s words as soon I’ve recovered from this listen.

The audio of this book is a stellar example of what voice acting is supposed to be. This is not flat narration or reading; this is true acting to be able to convey the emotions, the turmoil, the upheaval of the story and characters through just your voice. The cast included standout performances by Tara Langella, Patrick Zeller, Shane East and Marnye Young, reprising their roles from The Tory. They are joined by Nicholas Boulton, Dryw McArthur and Shayna Small. Tara Langella’s ability to shift from strong, determined and fierce to vulnerable to joyous gave us a full picture of the heroine of our story, Dellis. Patrick Zeller as Delancie was so deliciously evil, so diabolical, that you want to reach through your headphones and strangle the man yourself. Shane East and Dryw McArthur as John Carlisle and Alexei McKesson respectively make us feel the conflict, the push-and-pull, the conflict of conscience their characters are feeling. Shane East also gives us the vulnerability of a man that wants to be better, who doesn’t think he deserves any happiness or love, who feels that the mistakes of his past have cost him his future. Marnye Young’s Celeste is alternately wicked, diabolical and vulnerable, and is doing what she feels she must to not only survive, but thrive, within the corruption of the era.

As a listener, this experience was a marathon of emotions for me. I loved, I hated, I laughed, I cried, I yelled. I was elated, I was heartbroken, I was angry, I was broken. There are a lot of potential triggers here given the nature of the subject and the time period – sexual assault, war, PTSD, some graphic violence at times. This is not a book for the faint of heart, but it is such a rewarding encounter. I cannot wait to experience the rest of this series. I sincerely hope the later books are put into audio as well because The Tory and The Traitor are two of the best audiobooks I have ever heard, and I’ve heard thousands.

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It Just Gets Better

Set in the American Colonies and during the winter of 1777, the war of rebellion is backdrop to the tumultuous story of Captain John Carlyle, an intriguer and British soldier and the deep, yet stormy love with Dellis a tavern-keeper, Oneida, and rebel. After the rush of the earlier book, I thought I knew what to expect and gladly put in my earbuds to be carried off to the colorful, brutal, and sensual past by a talented team of narrators.

Flowing right out of the events of the first book, The Tory, The Traitor carries on a pulse-pounding, gut-wrenching story that doesn’t read well out of order. Historical backdrop has been brought to life with meticulous detail so that the listener experiences this as a full-sensory story. The grittier aspects of the tale did have me wishing for less of an immersion because I did get squeamish, but the plot itself and the characters particularly John and Dellis had me soldiering on.

In truth, this was a longer book, but I couldn’t stop listening once I got started so it went by swiftly and late into the night. Pretty sure I even dreamed about the events in the story. John is one of those characters with precious many flaws, but just as many admirable traits so I find him fascinating, but the villains are impressive- okay, impressively vile. Thankfully, Dellis offsets and her courage, honor, and spirit truly shine.

I’ve not had many experiences with full casts, but I can’t imagine a better way of enjoying this book. : Shane East, Tara Langella, Marnye Young, Patrick Zeller, Shayna Small, Drew MacAurthur, and Nicholas Boulton deliver stellar performances that kept me riveted through this compelling cast of characters and their intense situations.

In summary, I think it is safe to say that I am utterly at the mercy of this series and want to know what comes next and how John will fair with his difficult choice and effect of past decisions. The situation surrounding him is taunt and is building to a crescendo point. Fans of the Revolutionary War period are the best target, but those who enjoy bracing, gritty and sensual historical fiction particularly in audio should definitely reach for this book/series.

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Epic - Amazing - Award Worthy

Like many children of the 80s, my childhood was filled with mini-series sagas that have stood the test of time in our story-loving hearts. “Winds of War” & “The Thornbirds” were two that are etched in my memory due to their character and world building that pulled you in as a watcher, waiting for the next installment each night of the week. I never thought I would find that type of gripping tale in Romance or Historical Fiction again, but I was swept away by The Tory audiobook last year. Leaving me with a happy for now, what happens next feeling that only the next installment could hope to fulfill. Now upon listening to The Traitor with its full cast, I am blown away again by the extravagant detail each of these actors brings to TJ London’s Revolutionary War saga.

Our hero, Captain John Carlisle, is the lynch pin in this entire tale. How his steps to bring justice to all the characters elicits maneuvers by those around him, turning to chaos, leaving the listener on edge to find out what happens next. Each step into another character’s point of view is anchored by returning to Carlisle, brilliantly portrayed by Shane East. From words with lust to rage Mr. East brings the cornerstone character the charisma, swagger, hurt and revenge you find in the pages but leaps to life in his talented hands. You find yourself wanting to return to his point of view not only because our Captain is the main character, but because you know Mr. East will voice the clues Ms. London has laid as breadcrumbs to find our “Happy For Now” ending moment.

As we pivot around Captain John, we dive further into characters we met in The Tory, voiced again by the fantastic talents of Tara Langella as our heroine, Dellis; Maryne Young as the increasingly evil Celeste; and Patrick Zeller as the diabolical Major DeLancie. From the 500+ pages of text and over 18 hours of audio gold my simple words will never be enough to speak to this core team’s impact on the telling of this Saga.

Dellis goes through so much in The Tory’s backstory and we hear it in even more detail as she learns more about her Captain John. Her relationship with him, her cousin Alexei, brother Stuart all become pawns in the chess game where only Major DeLancie seems to be in control of the board. Scenes between Ms. Langella and Mr. Zeller become the pinnacle of voice acting as schemes are laid bare along with the immense pain humans can inflict on each other, especially at times of war, let alone insanity that becomes of a madman. Playing right along with the instability of DeLancie is Celeste with her power-hunger she craves over a man who does not want her, Captain John. Never trust a woman scorned as we learn through Ms. Young’s deeply moving and evil voicing of Celeste.

When four main voices were not enough, Ms. London leveled-up the play bringing in remarkable voices: Nicholas Boulton as Merrick and Major Butler, Dryw McArthur as Alexei and Patrick, and Shayna Small as Agnes. These additional voices did not get lost in the story telling, instead elevated the meaning and believability of all the characters.

My emotions are destroyed at the end of this audio experience. From my heart pounding out of my chest with the action scenes and knife’s edge suspense, to being on my knees in complete sobs over Mr. East’s and Ms. Langella’s moments voicing heartbreaking loss, pain, and love. The Saga that was once exciting words on a page became a true movie in my mind with these amazing actors melding into one amazing cast. I cannot wait for Book 3 to be completed in audio; therefore I will just read and hope the voices of this amazing cast can live in my mind as I move into their characters’ next tales. I already know their performances will be etched in my heart forever.

Additional Note: This is a book centered around a centuries old war and the topics are discussed in detail. From the horrible treatment of the American Indigenous people by both the Colonists and Loyalists, to the lack of medical care for pregnant women and the PTSD brought on by witnessing and partaking in the acts of war. The story weaves each of these topics with respect but very graphic details. I appreciate the notifications that accompanied the eBook and trigger warnings from other readers, as I hope you will, too. (less)

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5 Stars just isn’t enough for this all star cast.

I have to start out stating that the narration for this book was spectacular. There were many times I could envision what was going on in the story and it almost felt like I was watching a play and not listening to the audiobook. Full Cast audio is such an amazing experience.

We get to continue in the saga of John Carlisle and his new love Dellis McKesson while having to deal with the ever present and evil Celeste and DeLancie, who both live to make the captain and his love's life absolutely miserable. There were many times you thing that Celeste is the one pulling the puppet strings but then DeLancie proves to be pulling many strings himself. We learn more about Alexei, Dellis's cousin as he becomes a more prominent character. Dellis has many moments where she has no idea who she should put her trust in and there were a few times my heart just hurt and broke for her.

There is so much that goes on in this 18 hour audiobook that I just want everyone to experience. And that is definitely what this book is...a complete experience. Through T.J. London's outstanding writing, you are taken back to 1777 and live through everything these characters do. I truly couldn't ask for more from this book. Except for maybe a certain someone to get what's coming to them. Which hopefully will happen in the next installment.

This review doesn't do this book the justice it deserves but trust me, it's truly outstanding.

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I’m in love

I love this story. I love that I couldn’t predict what would happen next. My husband refuses to watch movies with me because I’m annoying and can always predict what will happen next. I cannot wait to start book 3!
The audible for book 2 was amazing! I couldn’t stop listening, and I’m pretty sure I fell in love with Shane East. I hope I never meet him I’ll be a blubbering idiot.

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What a let down

I don’t know what happened between the first book and this one but I literally couldn’t finish this - the Hero in the first book was well written but in this one he is just incredibly incompetent, rude and unnecessarily vague with the heroine.

I gave up

The narration was great depending on who was doing it

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Amazing tale

I have read all the books (so far) and I have to admit that hearing this brought a different feel to the story. TJ London writes a truly epic saga with a backdrop that takes your breath away. This story has its fair share on diabolical villains, twisted plots, and fantastic narration. This is one audiobook that you just can’t stop listening too.

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Oh the characters!

I absolutely loved that I got to know the characters on a much deeper level. Thank you TJ for sweeping me away and making me believe I was right there with them. Jennifer Zughaib

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Love, love, love it!

I loved the story and the characters. I couldn't put it down. I can wait for the next in the series!

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Memorable and captivating!

The Traitor by T.J.London was so captivating it kept me hostage until finished. A memorable, passionate historical romance set during a time of war. Romance, passion, Loyalties questioned. Enemies sought revenge. Political intrigue plotted. Roguish Redcoat, Captain John Carlisle continues on his quest to clear his name and seek justice. Dellis has realized her lover is not what he seems, but his “potent energy is too hard for her to fight”. This is a heart-wrenching, all consuming story that will keep you in its clutches even when you put it aside and long after you finish. The audio narration is flawless. It is a perfect demonstration of voice acting at it finest. The raw emotion displayed by all is clearly evident in scene after scene and relentlessly keeps you enthralled. T.J. London has brilliantly created a historical novel of so epic proportion that it could be carried out on a screen. Voice actors Shane East, Tara Langella, Marnye Young, Patrick Zeller, Shayna Small, and Nicholas Boulton are applauded for their outstanding performance in bringing their characters to life with the magical sounds of their voice. I look ahead to reading the rest of her books in this series and am also waiting for them to go on audio.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

T H E • T R A I T O R will draw you in from the very first page, right through to the very last, transporting you to a world where family ties, friendships and loyalties are tested to their fullest extents; to an era where one’s honour is worth life itself; to a place where deceit and betrayal are rampant and rife.

Book 2 in the Rebels & Redcoats Saga follows Captain John Carlisle’s quest for justice, redemption and love, but what cost will Karma ask of him?

Dellis McKesson continues to reveal her inner strength and stoic resilience in the face of danger, fear and heartbreaking loss.

A huge HURRAH! goes out to the audiobook’s stellar, full-cast narration team, for their phenomenal, award-worthy performances, expertly breathing life into each character and every scene.


Trigger Warning: This book is not for the faint-hearted. It contains descriptive graphic violence and sexual assault.