5.0 out of 5 stars Review By Charles S. Tracy Jr.
July 7, 2019
I was intrigued by the idea of an Elizabethan double agent, after attending a book signing in New York City this summer. Part of the joy of a good historical novel is being transported to another place and time. Indeed, this book delivered, as we “accompanied” Edward Latham, the English-born spy, all over Europe and as far East as Constantinople, during the time of Elizabeth the First and Mary, Queen of Scots. We are provided a view of Europe at the time of the Protestant Reformation, the Spanish (Catholic) Inquisition, the ravages of Christian wars and the Ottoman conquests to the gates of Vienna. Elizabeth is presented as a shrewd survivor and tolerant of those Catholics who had not converted to the Church of England. Edward, well-educated, intuitive, inquisitive and adaptable, is conflicted by his faith, national loyalty and his love of family. It’s an adventure with twists, character development, lively dialog, descriptive passages that convey the sights, sounds and smells of that time, and with satisfying romance.