The King S Exile

Author: Andrew Swanston
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446487288
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Spring, 1648. When Thomas Hill, a bookseller living in rural Hampshire, publishes a political pamphlet he has little idea of the trouble that will follow. He is quickly arrested, forced on a boat to Barbados and condemned to life as a slave to two of the island’s most notoriously violent brothers. In England war has erupted again, with London under threat of attack. When news of the king’s execution reaches the island, political stability is threatened and a fleet commanded by Sir George Ayscue arrives to take control of the island for Cromwell. The threat of violence increases. Thomas finds himself witness to abuse, poison, rape and savage brutality. When a coded message from Ayscue to a sympathiser on the island is intercepted, Thomas is asked to decipher it. A disastrous battle seems inevitable. But nothing turns out as planned. And as the death toll mounts, the escape Thomas has been relying on seems ever more unlikely...

The King S Spy

Author: Andrew Swanston
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 144648727X
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Summer, 1643 England is at war with itself. King Charles I has fled London, his negotiations with Parliament in tatters. The country is consumed by bloodshed. For Thomas Hill, a man of letters quietly running a bookshop in the rural town of Romsey, knowledge of the war is limited to the rumours that reach the local inn. When 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 Oxford. On arrival, Thomas soon discovers that nothing 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 bring.

The King S Return

Author: Andrew Swanston
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446487296
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The king’s coronation brings hope. Until a murderer strikes. Spring 1661: After years of civil war followed by Oliver Cromwell's joyless rule as Lord Protector, England awaits the coronation of King Charles II. The mood in London is one of relief and hope for a better future. But when two respectable gentlemen are found in a foul lane with their throats cut, it becomes apparent that England’s enemies are using the newly re-established post office for their own ends. There are traitors at work and plans to overthrow the king. Another war is possible. Thomas Hill, in London visiting friends, is approached by the king’s security advisor and asked to take charge of deciphering coded letters intercepted by the post office. As the body count rises and the killer starts preying on women, the action draws closer to Thomas – and his loved ones. He finds himself dragged into the hunt for the traitors and the murderer, but will he find them before it’s too late?

Jubilation Deferred

Author: Thomas Hill
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1984542486
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Synopsis for Jubilation Deferred The story begins with the two brothers decision to purchase land in the distant Mississippi Delta. Here they would seek their fortunes in farming the highly profitable cotton fields and thereby join in the wealthy agrarian base of the British Industrial Revolution. The principal advisories were believed to originate not from the unforgiving misqueto or the heat or the annual per-pound price of their produce but in the existing battle of dominance of the slave ambition. While this story centers on the savagery bestowed on the slave, it also attempts to demonstrate the shallow lives of the plantation owners as uninhibited, strong-willed malevolence. I believe you will find this story a great read. As for conclusions, this author cannot recognize conclusions to an ongoing struggle. Advancements, yes, but not to the degree of acceptance of this African American generation as compared to other races that have recently ascended our shores, thus establishing the major point of view: jubilation deferred. The story contains the slaves long-held belief that through the years of harsh treatment, their god was watching over them. This truth is verified in what you will find as a surprise ending to this fantasia. Thomas Hill