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  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 con

  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 O

  4. says:

    A very decent debut novel from author Andrew Swanston Set against the backdrop of the English Civil War around the time of t

  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

  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

  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 h

  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

  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 religi

  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

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The King's Spy

L 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 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 historical mystery has come to expect is there in spades The historical description as far as the environment and the times go is good Not too much just enough to help you see through the looking glass into the character s worldI did have some issues with the detail in which the author has gone to to demonstrate how codes are written and broken in the 17th century and I felt it fractured the flow and ambiance of the book early on From the very first page the story was delightful the characters charming and then it changes tack and turns into a lesson on early coding and nothing else is really going on in the story A lot of going for walks and code breaking sessions Letter by letter cipher by cipher number by number A similar issue happens at the gambling table when the characters are playing Hazard Much too much detail that breaks the spell and jolts you out of the storyThis is mostly in the first 120 pages and if you can make it through that and still maintain interest then you will discover the info dumps come down to a dull roar If the reader is not interested or they had enough in the early stages of the book then it is easier to scan over these sections as they come to make up paragraphs instead of the whole pages from earlier scenesIt was this detail and a couple other minor problems that would be spoilers to mention that nearly made me give the book 3 stars but then I realised that a book which can make me read virtually non stop until finished surely deserves 4 stars despite the rather dull coding and Hazard info dumps so let s call it a 3 12 star book for nowAll up as mentioned in the beginning of this review a very decent first outing for Mr Swanston I will definitely be reading the next one Manga innWhen a stranger knocks on his door one night and The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance informs him that the king's cryptographer has died everything changes Aware of Thomas's background as a mathematician and his expertise Prayer For Little Things in codes and ciphers the king has summoned him to his court A Treatise on Time and Space in OxfordOn arrival Thomas soon discovers that nothing 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 The White Lantern 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 Kingsbane (Empirium, in Romsey and relocate temporarily to OxfordThe book twists and turns and has you guessing The who Learning To Dance is badwho 901 FRANCE ROUTES AUTOROUTES 2019 FRANCE ROUTIERE MAXI FORMAT RECTO is good that a reader of historical mystery has come to expect ¡Dilly-ding, dilly-dong!: Leicester City, el triunfo más improbable de la historia del fútbol inglés is there La locura de saltar contigo in spades The historical description as far as the environment and the times go The Five Chinese Brothers is good Not too much just enough to help you see through the looking glass The Future Aint What It Used to Be into the character s worldI did have some Roomies issues with the detail Adventures of Superman Vol. 3 in which the author has gone to to demonstrate how codes are written and broken Virgin Wanted in the 17th century and I felt The Message Ministry Edition: The Bible in Contemporary Language it fractured the flow and ambiance of the book early on From the very first page the story was delightful the characters charming and then Lie With Me it changes tack and turns No Feelings Involved into a lesson on early coding and nothing else El libro de sinAzucar.org is really going on One Wore Blue (Cameron Saga: Civil War Trilogy, in the story A lot of going for walks and code breaking sessions Letter by letter cipher by cipher number by number A similar Size Matters issue happens at the gambling table when the characters are playing Hazard Much too much detail that breaks the spell and jolts you out of the storyThis ¡Oh, lorem ipsum! 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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 brin 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 breaking I m pretty sure I didn t need to know this much I figured out who the traitor was very early in the book and was disappointed that it was so easy I was waiting for the big twist that made the obvious guy not the actual bad guy but I waited in vain In the end I think this just ended up not being uite my style of book

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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 loca 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 something isn t itI ll be honest I was mostly skimming from about 50 pages in and I did not miss anythingSo disappointed by this because it should have been so much exciting than it was But there s just no emotion to it Thomas is this uiet bookseller who hates war but other than that it s really hard to get a clear picture of him He says he was good looking in his youth but then agrees that he s ugly he s a peacekeeper who won t fkn SHUT UP about dislikes how despicable war is but he easily wallops the soldiers when it s needed He s a master code breaker one of the best in the country so brilliant and amazing but then he struggles with every single code he s charged with cracking I mean I feel like maybe someone exaggerated a little on his resumePlus you ve got the fact that this story suffers from a classic case of told not shown Zero emotional connection because there s no feeling behind any of it I don t know any of these characters and therefore don t really care about them The lack of feeling was a really noticeable absence because the info we re given all seems a bit confusing and contradictory We know Thomas hates whores because they re ugly stand up guy this one and generally acts like a fussy old man but then Jane is the most lovely creature he s ever met and he s actually in with a chance but oh she s talking to that soldier I don t like so I never want to see her again Total petulant child And I STILL have no solid idea of this guy One minute he seems like a judgy grandpa and the next he s apparently Don JuanSo Thomas is a terrible main character And I m not exaggerating about the code breaking walk code breaking repetition There are also way too many lessons on code breaking that end up being dull and hard to follow instead of intriguing Also lots of talk about the war and how wrong it is and how Thomas hates war and violence Yet I learned nothing about this war or why it was really happening or how anyone felt about it other than Thomas couldn t decide which side he was rooting for because EW WARIt was such a terrible poorly written story It really does include murder and deciphering secrets and betrayal and all of these things usually keep me hooked but I honestly just did not care because they just cropped up in a sentence or two at the end of one of Thomas s walks so again there was no emotional attachment to what was happeningLook the whole thing is a mess A little like this review if I m honestHere s the summary of everything that didn t work for me Poor characterisation Monotonous plot Code breaking was dull Murders seemed pointless and badly explained No emotional attachment Historical setting wasted No mystery Bad guys evidentunveiled early on So repetitive Boring superfluous details Rubbish final explanationsThings that were actually okay SimonThen to top it all off when the why comes out at the end it s SO FREAKING POINTLESS Why does this story even exist I want a refund for all the brain cells wasted on thisIt honestly should have been a roaring addictive action adventure but instead had me about as interested as I am in watching paint dry I m offended by it taking one of my favourite periods of history to read about and making it mind numbingly boringApparently there are books in the series but guess who absolutely does not care at all There are definitely better books covering this period so I ll be reading those instead

  • Hardcover
  • 352
  • The King's Spy
  • Andrew Swanston
  • English
  • 15 March 2017
  • 9780593068861

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