Literary gold… superbly satisfying… beautifully written, wonderfully clever
– DAILY TELEGRAPH on TREASON’S TIDE
Civil War England, 1648. The battlefield of Preston as evening creeps over the aftermath; a figure moving among the debris and the carcases, until he finds the man he is looking for, too wounded to move, and kills him.
Thus passes control of the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey.
Royalism is shattered; within months the King himself will be dead, executed for treason against the state he once embodied, now ruled by men determined to create a new order. But already their cause is crumbling, their power weakened by internal discord, their ideals tarnished by the demands of government.
The last hope of Royalism is Sir Mortimer Shay: a ruthless and forgotten veteran of decades of violence and intrigue, he must pick up the pieces of conspiracy and rebuild a credible threat to Cromwell’s rule, whatever the cost.
The new world is John Thurloe, a young official making his way in Cromwell’s service. But as he learns more of the compromises and brutality of his own side, so he also becomes aware of the true scale of Royalist secret intelligence, an ancient shadow reaching into every corner of society, and back through the centuries: the Comptrollerate-General.
Their struggle – fought in secret rendezvous and great battles, in forgeries and outrages, in deception and in blood – is the struggle for a country’s stability, for its future, and for its soul.
Robert Wilton has spent fifteen years in different Departments of the British Government. He was advisor to the Prime Minister of Kosovo in the lead-up to the country’s independence, and has now returned there as a senior international official. His short fiction has been widely published, along with academic writing on the history and culture of south-eastern Europe. In his spare time he rows a pilot gig, watches old films and translates Albanian poetry. He moves between Prishtina, London and Cornwall, and still doesn‘t know what he wants to be when he grows up.