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Books 21-22: Secret World of Christoval Alvarez and The Enterprise of England by Ann Swinfen

Book 21:The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez (Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez #1).
Author: Ann Swinfen, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction. Adventure. Spy Thriller.
Other Details: ebook. 293 pages.

It is the year 1586. England is awash with traitors, plotting to assassinate the Queen and bring about a foreign invasion. The young physician Christoval Alvarez, a refugee from the horrors of the Portuguese Inquisition, is coerced into becoming a code-breaker and agent in Sir Francis Walsingham’s secret service. In the race to thwart the plot, who will triumph – the ruthless conspirators or the equally ruthless State? - synopsis from author's website.

This proved a wonderful find. What I appreciated very much was the restraint with which the young protagonist is introduced to the intrigues of the times and how Christoval (Kit) is quite a reluctant spy. Walsingham comes across in a much more favourable light than in some fiction of the period. I was certainly eager for more and moved on to the next in the series.

Book 22:The Enterprise of England (Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez #2).
Author: Ann Swinfen, 2014.
Genre: Historical Fiction. Adventure. Spy Thriller.
Other Details: ebook. 308 pages.

Facing the threat of King Philip’s Enterprise of England – Spanish invasion and annexation of the country – Sir Francis Walsingham’s secret service spreads a network of agents across Europe. After caring for hundreds of maimed and wounded soldiers returning from the fall of Sluys, young physician and code-breaker Christoval Alvarez is sent on two dangerous missions to Amsterdam, where, amongst the friendly Hollanders, treason and treachery lurk. Christoval’s ship, sailing home, plays its part in the great sea battle in which the small and inexperienced English navy must confront the most powerful sea force in the world. - synopsis from author's website.

This series continues to impress as Kit is once more drawn into the service of Walsingham. Here the main issue is the attempted invasion by the Spanish. Kit's medical duties are also quite central to the story and the descriptions can be quite disturbing making me glad to be living today. An excellent series.
Tags: historical fiction, political thriller
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