The Eyes of the Queen: A Novel (An Agents of the Crown Novel #1) (Hardcover)

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The Eyes of the Queen: A Novel (An Agents of the Crown Novel #1) (Hardcover)


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In this first novel of the “rollicking” (The New York Times Book Review) Agents of the Crown series, the man who will become the original MI6 agent protects England and Queen Elizabeth I from Spain’s nefarious plan to crush the Age of 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. 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 in this “twisty, fast-paced debut” (Publishers Weekly).
Oliver Clements is a novelist and screenwriter based in Mortlake, London.

Product Details ISBN: 9781501154690
ISBN-10: 1501154699
Publisher: Atria/Leopoldo & Co.
Publication Date: October 27th, 2020
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: An Agents of the Crown Novel
"[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 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 Carré green with envy."
Keith Thomas, author of The Clarity and Dahlia Black

“[A] twisty, fast-paced debut.”
Publishers Weekly