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The King's Spy Summer 1643England is at war with itself King Charles I has fled London his negotiations with Parliament in tatters The country is consumed by bloodshedFor Thomas Hill a man of letters uietly running a bookshop in the rural town of Romsey knowledge of the war is limited to the rumours that reach the local innWhen a stranger knocks on his door one night and informs him that the king's cryptographer has died everything changes Aware of Thomas's background as a mathematician and his expertise in codes and ciphers the king has summoned him to his court in OxfordOn 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 he must decipher it to reveal the king's betrayer and prevent the violent death that failure will surely bring

About the Author: Andrew Swanston

Andrew Swanston read Law at Cambridge University and held various positions in the book trade including being a director of Waterstone & Co and chairman of Methven’s plc before turning to writing Inspired by a lifelong interest in early modern history his ‘Thomas Hill’ novels are set during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms and the early period of the Restoration Incendium is the first of two

10 thoughts on “The King's Spy

  1. says:

    I read historical fiction a lot love the settings of a look back into history This is a great historical novel Enjoyed this read I got to know this writer only recently when I spotted his last book Incendium published this year Could not find any books until it turned out that his other books like this one are registered on Goodreads under AD Swanston instead of Andrew And oh yeah this is part one of a series So I'm looking forward to continue reading about Thomas HillThis is the story Summe

  2. says:

    A must read for the lovers of a good historical novel

  3. says:

    I honestly don't know how something that includes so many exciting things could be so monotonously DULLWhat the story promises Murder lies betrayal torture secret codes and mystery all set during one of the most exciting periods of history What we get Dude is assigned code to break Detailed explanation of code breaking Only this is a tough one so he goes for a walk Then goes back to trying to break the code Then goes for a walk Then tries code breaking again Another walk Gosh this secret is really somethi

  4. says:

    A very decent debut novel from author Andrew Swanston Set against the backdrop of the English Civil War around the time of the Battle of Newbury The main character Thomas Hill a bookseller from a small rural town is commandeered to assist Charles I with codes and ciphers encrypting and decrypting He must leave the secure home that he shares with his beloved sister and nieces in Romsey and relocate temporarily to OxfordThe book twists and turns and has you guessing The 'who is badwho is good' that a reader of his

  5. says:

    Really enjoyed it I bought it to read tomorrow on a long flight just had a uick look to see what it was like and finished it last night Now to find another book for a long plane journey 😊December 2019Perhaps because I read this on kindle on a long haul flight I had no memory of having read it before until I was about two thirds of the way through when I began to wonder Checked and here it was on GR not just in the Kindle library

  6. says:

    I recommend this book I read a promotional e copy from The read was easy and the author's writing mechanics were excellent The errors were too few to mention The book was neither too long nor too short The author kept his character count manageable The book was set in the mid 1600's during the English civil wars The Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses were over Midway through the book I got somewhat confused because I was reading about monks friars and abbeys which were too Catholic sounding for the established Church

  7. says:

    Thomas Hill is a book seller who has invited his widowed sister and her children to live with with him in Romsey His life is uiet and predictable until a stranger knocks on his door and tells him that the king needs his help When he arrives in Oxford it is nothing like he remembers but with the help of a friend he starts work Treachery romance and adventure ensue This was a decent mystery but with far far too much math I'm not sure how much of this book I skipped because of the descriptions of code breaking I get the gist of code br

  8. says:

    The King's Spy is the second Civil War novel I've read as part of the Transworld Historical Fiction Reading Challenge And while both novels contain Royalist viewpoints – though neither are wholly so – they each give a totally different view of the proceedings The Bleeding Land the other novel mentioned is far focused on the visceral reality of the battles and motivations of the Civil War on what it meant for people not in power and how the Civil War affected families and communities While we also see Thomas torn from his family by

  9. says:

    ReviewA nice well written story that is fun and engaging to read Nice characters and the writing is very atmospheric taking the reader back in time the My problem really is to me there felt like there were mistakes to do with religious orders soldiers uniforms etc Some were minor and it is fictional but as its historical fiction i would expect basics like uniform to be right if you want to appeal fully to this genrehappy for the author to prove me wrong Im far from an expertWill i buy another? yes like i said its well written and i know my own hi

  10. says:

    I loved this book the first of a trilogy Extremely well researched set in a very interesting period The English Civil War which is a period less common in historical mystery writing and with engaging and involving characters The information on codebreaking and cypher solving was really interesting too You really get a feel for the dirt and muck of the period especially in the prison scenes On a personal note it was largely set in Oxford where I attended summer school last year so the streets and colleges were mostly familiar and brought to life

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