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The Tory by TJ London
Narrator: Shane East, Tara Langella, Patrick Zeller, Marnye Young
Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga #1
Published by Self-Published on August 30, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
Length: 15 hours, 15 minutes
Source: Publicity team
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It is the winter of 1776, and Captain John Carlisle, one of His Majesty’s not-so-finest, has gone back to the scene of the crime to right a wrong so dark it left a permanent stain on what was once an illustrious career and left a man broken, defeated, in search of justice…
In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Colonial Army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray.
But a chance meeting with a beautiful half Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission—and devastate her people.
Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve King and country, but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice…
I don’t read much historical fiction other than fantasy. Often times with historical fiction, I then want to know what really happened. The Tory is easier in that the Revolutionary War is one of my favorite time periods to read and most of the characters are not real people other than the leaders of the armies. However, I do wonder about who the native Americans supported and what happened to them. Obviously, the Americans won and did not treat natives well.
I liked the main couple. John has had a tough go of things. He did work hard and ended up in a bad situation. It was heartbreaking to see everything go wrong at every turn for him. While he is not perfect, he tried to do the right thing in the past and now, but others use him.
Dellis has an even worse situation. With her parents dead, she has no one looking out for her. Her brother is a burden rather than a help. Her native relatives are more respectful and caring to her, but it seems as though her father’s Scotch relatives are not only not helping but likely cheating her. I hate how her Uncle James treats her and steals from her. Dellis is kind, a healer, and compassionate to others. She does not want her native community to get involved with the war between the Americans and the British. She is the most honest and hardworking person in the story and in a most precarious position.
I am worried about so many of my favorite characters. John and Dellis are in such danger and there is so much to hurt them and make their lives worse. It feels like the liars and thieves get too much of their way. Who is the Tory? It’s not John, as he is a British national, not an American colonist. I was more caught up in the relationships than the politics. There are so many liars and secret keepers, including John and Dellis. I want John to succeed but I can’t be an advocate of the British. So maybe John can support the natives? But will Dellis accept his part in the sad events two years earlier?
The Tory is excellent in its harsh and violent story, jerking my emotions in all ways. I am afraid to have any hope as I go forward reading The Traitor, which is next in the Rebels & Redcoats Saga.
I really enjoyed all the narration. Shane East is a favorite narrator. Luckily for me, he narrates a large portion of the book. The other narrators are new to me. The performance is very well done. The voices seem fitting for the different regions and accents. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
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