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The Jesuit Letter (The Tyburn Folios Book 1) by [Hamilton, Dean]
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Ex-soldier turned play-actor Christopher Tyburn thought he had left bloodshed and violence behind him when he abandoned the war against the Spanish in Flanders, but fate has different and far bloodier plans waiting.

The innyards of London are closed due to plague and the Earl of Worcester's Men are on the road, touring the market-towns of the Midlands.

When Tyburn accidentally intercepts a coded letter from a hidden Jesuit priest in Warwickshire, he is entangled in a murderous and deadly conspiracy. Stalked by unknown enemies, he must race to uncover the conspiracy and hunt down the Jesuit to clear his name. . .or die a traitor's death. His only hope - an eleven-year old glover's son named William Shakespeare.

About the Author

Dean Hamilton works as a marketing professional by day and prowls the imaginary alleyways of the Elizabethan era in his off-hours. He is married, with a son, a dog, four cats and a turtle. The Jesuit Letter is his first novel. Web: Twitter: @Tyburn__Tree

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1358 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TyburnTree Publishing (April 23 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V44CHQ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We are proud to announce that THE JESUIT LETTER by Dean Hamilton is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 16th Century Adventure! March 10 2016
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The Jesuit Letter is a historical adventure with a little something to captivate every reader. Through the protagonist, Christopher Tyburn, we are welcomed into the world of travelling players, though it is slowly revealed that there is much more to this mysterious, scarred man. Where else could an Elizabethan troupe perform than Stratford-upon-Avon, where we get to meet a young Will Shakespeare?

The mystery and action that begin right in the prologue never lets up in this quick-paced story. Our unfortunately named Tyburn first appears to be little more than the stereotypical player, drinking or gambling away his wages, but the deeper truths about him are not completely revealed until much later. He finds himself wrapped up in a plot that is rooted in the religious battles of the 16th century. Tyburn, comfortable not choosing sides in the Protestant versus Catholic debate, finds that he must decide where he stands if lives are to be saved.

I enjoyed the fact that this story revealed much of the lifestyles of the times without focusing on Queen Elizabeth herself. The 16th century is a fascinating era, but I do not enjoy reading about the revered & supposedly virgin queen, so this book was right up my alley. The author demonstrates thorough knowledge of his chosen setting with historical tidbits and slang sprinkled throughout the novel. I may be one of the few readers who would have appreciated fewer footnotes, but I loved the authenticity.

Those who know my reading habits will not be surprised that the romance portion of this novel was not my favorite element, but I did enjoy how it was used to develop Tyburn's character. The boy meets girl aspect of the book was second to many other relationships and events, including manipulation, betrayal, murder, spies, secret priests, hidden pasts, and so much more.

There is no need for me to point out that this novel also has a stunning cover. That is what first attracted me to it, and I am glad that I picked it up. I look forward to more from this author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erudite, charming and most entertaining! May 4 2016
By Gary J. George - Published on
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A wonderful story full of historically accurate elements. My kindle loved the footnotes! Gary J. George author of "Mojave Desert Sanctuary."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read and I do appreciate the authors use of ... March 10 2016
By J. A. Kopser - Published on
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Not a bad read and I do appreciate the authors use of Elizabethan English with a lookup to meanings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give us more Dec 28 2016
By DF Messe - Published on
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I look forward to the next book by the author with the lead character continuing to carry on as the agent of the crown that he is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done! Looking forward to the rest of The Tyburn Folios! Oct. 19 2015
By JIBrand - Published on
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I volunteered to read and review a complimentary copy of The Jesuit Letter after perusing Hamilton’s well-written prequel Black Dog A Novella on Kobo. I was intrigued because I like Elizabethan drama and history and always enjoy good yarns from any era, but I am a stickler for authenticity. I was not disappointed in either the story or the history woven into it. I could hardly put The Jesuit Letter down, once the story hooked me.

Hamilton has spun a great yarn, with twists, turns, and lots of history, all accurate as far as I can tell. His characters are well-drawn and engaging; his plot is believable, with unpredictable twist and turns; and his descriptions so vivid your mind’s eye can see the story unwinding in the Warwickshire countryside.

The Elizabethan vocabulary and phrasing were well done, and I appreciated the excellent notes, even after years as a Shakespeare fan. I also learned a lot more than I suspected I would about intrigues of the time.

Will Shakespeare as a schoolboy reminiscent of Tom Sawyer was especially delightful; Hamilton’s details of Shakespeare mesh well with what can be reasonably inferred about his life, times, and possible early dramatic influences.

I did find that some of the rougher character’s oaths and dialogue were perhaps more crude, rather than colorful and imaginative, than need be. On the other hand, I appreciated that, although death abounds and the Elizabethans were not prudes, the descriptions of the gore, violence, and sex were restrained enough not to distract from the overall work.

In summary, The Jesuit Letter is an enjoyable, PG-13 sort of book, with lots of swashbuckling adventure, intrigue, and thrills.

I look forward to enjoying the further adventures of Christopher Tyburn.