The Eyes of the Queen
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The Eyes of the Queen : A Novel

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"[A] rollicking new historical thriller...taut, made-for-movie-theater tension and delicious, snickering-from-the-back-row wit." -New York Times Book Review

In this first novel of the exhilarating Agents of the Crown series, a man who will become the original MI6 agent protects England and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I from Spain's nefarious plan to crush the Age of the Enlightenment.

After centuries locked in an endless cycle of poverty, persecution, and barbarity, Europe has finally emerged into the Age of Enlightenment. Scientists, philosophers, scholars, and poets alike believe this to be a new era of reason and hope for all. But the forces of darkness haven't completely dissipated, as Spain hunts and butchers any who dare to defy its ironclad Catholic orthodoxy.

Only one nation can fight the black shadow that threatens this new age, and that is Britain, now ruled by a brilliant young Queen Elizabeth I. But although she may be brave and headstrong, Elizabeth knows she cannot win this war simply by force of arms. After her armies have been slashed in half, her treasury is on its knees. Elizabeth needs a new kind of weapon forged to fight a new kind of war, in which stealth and secrecy, not bloodshed, are the means.

In this tense situation, Her Majesty's Secret Service is born with the charismatic John Dee at its head. A scholar, a soldier, and an alchemist, Dee is loyal only to the truth and to his Queen. And for her, the woman he's forbidden from loving, he is prepared to risk his life.

A visceral and heart-pumping historical thriller, The Eyes of the Queen is perfect for fans of Ken Follett and Dan Brown.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 481g
  • Emily Bestler Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1501154699
  • 9781501154690
  • 858,699

Review quote

"[A] twisty, fast-paced debut."
-Publishers Weekly "In The Eyes of the Queen, Oliver Clements conjures a remarkable hero: John Dee, an Elizabethan James Bond who dives headlong into a mystery sinister enough to make Le Carre green with envy."
-Keith Thomas, author of The Clarity and Dahlia Black "[A] rollicking new historical thriller . . . . taut, made-for-movie-theater tension and delicious, snickering-from-the-back-row wit."
-New York Times Book Review
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About Oliver Clements

Oliver Clements is a novelist and screenwriter based in Mortlake, London.
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Rating details

217 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 23% (50)
4 32% (70)
3 31% (67)
2 8% (18)
1 6% (12)
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