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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (27 Feb 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1848548443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848548442
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rory Clements is the bestselling author of the John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers. His six acclaimed novels, Martyr, Revenger, Prince, Traitor, The Heretics and The Queen's Man, follow Elizabeth's Intelligencer, John Shakespeare, brother to the playwright William, through the dark underworld of Tudor England as he unmasks the traitors and conspirators who plot against the Queen. The seventh John Shakespeare novel, Holy Spy, is due to be published in February 2015.

Rory Clements won the Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award in 2010 for Revenger, and has been shortlisted for CWA Awards for Martyr, Prince and The Heretics. A TV series is currently in development. Find out more at www.roryclements.co.uk


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By james eves on 27 Feb 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is the 6th outing of Rory Clements intelligencer John Shakespeare and for me he is back to his sizzling best,after four cracking outings I found that Heretices was a little bit flat and lost it direction,so I was looking for a return to form with the Queen's Man and I am glad to report he is back on track with this cracking plot full of twists and turns right up to the last page.The Queen's Man takes us back and introduces us to John Shakespeare as a young intelligencer on his first major mission for Sir Francis Walsingham. It is 1582 and the conflict between Protestant and Catholic threatens to tear the country in two.While Queen Elizabeth 1 holds the reins of power,there are those whose loyalty lies with her imprisoned cousin Mary Queen of Scots. Order to discover a conspiracy to free the Stuart Queen from Sheffield Castle,all to soon Shakespeare realises that the tentacles of the plot reach deep into his native Warwickshire and threaten his own friends and family-above all his beloved younger brother,Will. Once again Rory Clements had me page turning into the early hours of the morning with this cracking tale of John Shakespeare intelligencer for Sir Francis Walsingham.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Feb 2014
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British author Rory Clements has returned with his fifth in his "John Shakespeare" series, "The Queen's Man". However, inexplicably, the novel is actually first in sense of time. For everyone who's read the adventures of John Shakespeare, the "intelligencer" to Francis Walsingham, here's the back story. It also includes more about brother Will than have any of the previous books.

Rory Clements has placed this Shakespeare novel in the early 1580's, when the queen, Elizabeth I, was trying to maneuver her country's way to worship the "new faith" - Protestantism, Church of England, Anglican - no matter what it was referred to, it was not the "old faith", that of the Roman Catholic Church. The Queen was beset by low-grade but constant problems both at home and abroad and she employed Sir Francis Walsingham as her "spymaster". He, in turn, employed "intelligencers" to do his bidding in trying to discern plots against the crown. One such man was "John Shakespeare", a character Rory Clements has made up, and has taken his readers on adventures in his previous book. (William Shakespeare did not have an older brother called "John", at least according to the bio on Wikipedia, but his father was "John Shakespeare".)

In "Queen's Man", Walsingham - who is always stingy with information his "intelligencer" SHOULD know before sending them on their way - is concerned with the presence of Mary, Queen of Scots, who is imprisoned in a castle in England. She is guarded - supposedly well - but there is a question of plots by the French and some home-grown Catholics, to free her and send her to France. Walsingham wants to ferret out the truth and the names of the conspirators.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Luckett on 17 Mar 2014
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When I first started reading this and realised it was a prequel I was a bit concerned that the author had run out of ideas. However, the story of John Shakespeare's early missions with Mr Secretary turned out to be well done and the I quite enjoyed the bit of Shakespeare family history.

I was interested to see how he dealt with the interception and decryption of Mary, Queen of Scots' correspondence as that was done at another time and has been written about in several other novels but it all worked out coherently (I think).

I hope the author continues in the prequel setting and shows the development of the relationship between Shakespeare and Cooper.
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Format: Hardcover
In this new book Mr Clements fills the gaps regarding the early years (1582-3) of John Shakespeare activities as a spy under Sir Francis Walsingham. The book has different interestingly twinned plots. The main one is the failed plan to free Mary, Queen of Scots from her captivity in Sheffield Castle under George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury. Other plots go in parallel and make the book reading more and more thrilling through the pages. Mr Clements gives us a very good glimpse of the Shakespeare family activities and its connections with other Strafford families. It also offers a wonderful description of the younger son, the playwright William Shakespeare, courtship and wedding to Ann Hathaway. In addition Mr Clements gives us a sound description of the Catholic recusant families (Ardens, Throckmortons, Catesbys) life and activities in XVI century Warwickshire, and the extremely difficult walk between Faith and treason they were pushed to thread. Please do not miss the scholarly historical notes added at the end, and the impressive Spiritual Testament of John Shakespeare, father of the Bard. This book accentuates even more my Clements addiction and makes me urge the author for a quick delivery of the next book of these wonderful Shakespeare episodes.
Dr. Victor Asensi
Oviedo, Spain
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookreader on 16 April 2014
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I have read all the previous books of this series and was looking forward to this, the next in line. However, now that most of Rory's characters in this book are now "all dealt with", and we know what becomes of them, this book has little tension. I would strongly recommend to anyone new to this series, that this book (the latest) should be read first. A good book, but we know the end before the start, a shame.
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