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Spy. Liar. Scoundrel. Redcoat.

Provocateur and spy for His Majesty, Captain John Carlisle returns to Fort Niagara with the secrets he stole in the arms of the beautiful Oneida innkeeper, Dellis McKesson. Determined to complete his mission and clear his name, he’ll see justice done - and damn the consequences. Now, he finds himself drawn into political intrigue as the British prepare to launch a three-pronged attack that will bring the Rebels and the Mohawk River Valley to its knees. 

A dangerous revelation finds Dellis as whispers of intrigue insinuate her beloved is not all that he seems. Unwilling to wait for her lover’s return, she sets out in search of the truth as the Oneida begin negotiations with the Rebels, breaking the neutrality agreement with the crown. A bold move that will stoke a fire between the brother tribes and lead to a bloody inter-confederacy war - one Dellis predicted, and one John incited. 

While war between the colonies and the King smolders, the punishing winter of 1777 allows the perfect opportunity for old enemies to settle scores, lying in wait, ready to exploit John’s one weakness - his heart. John is not an innocent man. The truth he’s long tried to hide from can no longer be ignored, the ghosts of the past seeking justice, and karma wanting payment for sins so dark they cannot be forgiven. 

*This book contains graphic content and depictions of war* 

*Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault, Rape, Violence, Adult Language*

©2020 T.J. London (P)2021 T.J. London

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • LAS
  • 2021/04/20

Beautifully written and performed, an epic saga

After listening to the audio of The Tory by T.J. London in 2020, The Traitor immediately became one of my most-anticipated listens of 2021. To say that it was worth the wait is an understatement. A great audiobook has to start with an amazing book, so whether you read to listen to this, you are in for a next-level experience. This series from T.J. London has all of the hallmarks of a sweeping epic in any form. As I was listening, I could imagine it holding its own against some of the most memorable mini-series events on TV. She is an absolutely masterful writer, and you can feel her dedication to this series and the era throughout the entire experience.

Set in New York during the Revolutionary War, the reader is immersed not only in the war between the rebels and the redcoats, but we get a dramatization of how the American Indian tribes were used by both side to advance their cause. We experience a British captain questioning his loyalty and which side he’s on, an American Indian woman standing up for herself and her people during a time when women were property and natives were nothing more than pawns, an American Indian man coming into his own and deciding his path forward after years of corruption and thievery by his European father, a British war criminal so hell-bent on revenge on those he thinks have wronged him that he has devolved into the most vile and evil man, a woman who has been so used and abused by men for living that she’s turning the tables on them, and more.

Each of these characters is a puzzle whose final picture is being revealed to us piece-by-piece through a fast-paced, heart-breaking and gut-wrenching plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s consuming, and it was impossible to stop thinking about it each time I had to put the book aside to live in the real world. It’s the kind of story that stays with you, that keeps you thinking, that has you wanting more. And I know that I’m not going to be able to wait for the audio of the next book in the series, The Turncoat. I’m picking that up, and anything else that follows in the future, and reading all of T.J. London’s words as soon I’ve recovered from this listen.

The audio of this book is a stellar example of what voice acting is supposed to be. This is not flat narration or reading; this is true acting to be able to convey the emotions, the turmoil, the upheaval of the story and characters through just your voice. The cast included standout performances by Tara Langella, Patrick Zeller, Shane East and Marnye Young, reprising their roles from The Tory. They are joined by Nicholas Boulton, Dryw McArthur and Shayna Small. Tara Langella’s ability to shift from strong, determined and fierce to vulnerable to joyous gave us a full picture of the heroine of our story, Dellis. Patrick Zeller as Delancie was so deliciously evil, so diabolical, that you want to reach through your headphones and strangle the man yourself. Shane East and Dryw McArthur as John Carlisle and Alexei McKesson respectively make us feel the conflict, the push-and-pull, the conflict of conscience their characters are feeling. Shane East also gives us the vulnerability of a man that wants to be better, who doesn’t think he deserves any happiness or love, who feels that the mistakes of his past have cost him his future. Marnye Young’s Celeste is alternately wicked, diabolical and vulnerable, and is doing what she feels she must to not only survive, but thrive, within the corruption of the era.

As a listener, this experience was a marathon of emotions for me. I loved, I hated, I laughed, I cried, I yelled. I was elated, I was heartbroken, I was angry, I was broken. There are a lot of potential triggers here given the nature of the subject and the time period – sexual assault, war, PTSD, some graphic violence at times. This is not a book for the faint of heart, but it is such a rewarding encounter. I cannot wait to experience the rest of this series. I sincerely hope the later books are put into audio as well because The Tory and The Traitor are two of the best audiobooks I have ever heard, and I’ve heard thousands.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • SuziLovesBooks
  • 2021/04/20

Epic - Amazing - Award Worthy

Like many children of the 80s, my childhood was filled with mini-series sagas that have stood the test of time in our story-loving hearts. “Winds of War” & “The Thornbirds” were two that are etched in my memory due to their character and world building that pulled you in as a watcher, waiting for the next installment each night of the week. I never thought I would find that type of gripping tale in Romance or Historical Fiction again, but I was swept away by The Tory audiobook last year. Leaving me with a happy for now, what happens next feeling that only the next installment could hope to fulfill. Now upon listening to The Traitor with its full cast, I am blown away again by the extravagant detail each of these actors brings to TJ London’s Revolutionary War saga.

Our hero, Captain John Carlisle, is the lynch pin in this entire tale. How his steps to bring justice to all the characters elicits maneuvers by those around him, turning to chaos, leaving the listener on edge to find out what happens next. Each step into another character’s point of view is anchored by returning to Carlisle, brilliantly portrayed by Shane East. From words with lust to rage Mr. East brings the cornerstone character the charisma, swagger, hurt and revenge you find in the pages but leaps to life in his talented hands. You find yourself wanting to return to his point of view not only because our Captain is the main character, but because you know Mr. East will voice the clues Ms. London has laid as breadcrumbs to find our “Happy For Now” ending moment.

As we pivot around Captain John, we dive further into characters we met in The Tory, voiced again by the fantastic talents of Tara Langella as our heroine, Dellis; Maryne Young as the increasingly evil Celeste; and Patrick Zeller as the diabolical Major DeLancie. From the 500+ pages of text and over 18 hours of audio gold my simple words will never be enough to speak to this core team’s impact on the telling of this Saga.

Dellis goes through so much in The Tory’s backstory and we hear it in even more detail as she learns more about her Captain John. Her relationship with him, her cousin Alexei, brother Stuart all become pawns in the chess game where only Major DeLancie seems to be in control of the board. Scenes between Ms. Langella and Mr. Zeller become the pinnacle of voice acting as schemes are laid bare along with the immense pain humans can inflict on each other, especially at times of war, let alone insanity that becomes of a madman. Playing right along with the instability of DeLancie is Celeste with her power-hunger she craves over a man who does not want her, Captain John. Never trust a woman scorned as we learn through Ms. Young’s deeply moving and evil voicing of Celeste.

When four main voices were not enough, Ms. London leveled-up the play bringing in remarkable voices: Nicholas Boulton as Merrick and Major Butler, Dryw McArthur as Alexei and Patrick, and Shayna Small as Agnes. These additional voices did not get lost in the story telling, instead elevated the meaning and believability of all the characters.

My emotions are destroyed at the end of this audio experience. From my heart pounding out of my chest with the action scenes and knife’s edge suspense, to being on my knees in complete sobs over Mr. East’s and Ms. Langella’s moments voicing heartbreaking loss, pain, and love. The Saga that was once exciting words on a page became a true movie in my mind with these amazing actors melding into one amazing cast. I cannot wait for Book 3 to be completed in audio; therefore I will just read and hope the voices of this amazing cast can live in my mind as I move into their characters’ next tales. I already know their performances will be etched in my heart forever.

Additional Note: This is a book centered around a centuries old war and the topics are discussed in detail. From the horrible treatment of the American Indigenous people by both the Colonists and Loyalists, to the lack of medical care for pregnant women and the PTSD brought on by witnessing and partaking in the acts of war. The story weaves each of these topics with respect but very graphic details. I appreciate the notifications that accompanied the eBook and trigger warnings from other readers, as I hope you will, too. (less)

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa
  • 2021/04/19

5 Stars just isn’t enough for this all star cast.

I have to start out stating that the narration for this book was spectacular. There were many times I could envision what was going on in the story and it almost felt like I was watching a play and not listening to the audiobook. Full Cast audio is such an amazing experience.

We get to continue in the saga of John Carlisle and his new love Dellis McKesson while having to deal with the ever present and evil Celeste and DeLancie, who both live to make the captain and his love's life absolutely miserable. There were many times you thing that Celeste is the one pulling the puppet strings but then DeLancie proves to be pulling many strings himself. We learn more about Alexei, Dellis's cousin as he becomes a more prominent character. Dellis has many moments where she has no idea who she should put her trust in and there were a few times my heart just hurt and broke for her.

There is so much that goes on in this 18 hour audiobook that I just want everyone to experience. And that is definitely what this book is...a complete experience. Through T.J. London's outstanding writing, you are taken back to 1777 and live through everything these characters do. I truly couldn't ask for more from this book. Except for maybe a certain someone to get what's coming to them. Which hopefully will happen in the next installment.

This review doesn't do this book the justice it deserves but trust me, it's truly outstanding.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jay Michelle
  • 2021/04/24

Historical Fiction At Its Finest!

Great story. Beautiful writing and amazing cast. TJ London has a powerful way with words and the narrator's each owned the characters in a way that any listener would connect with the delivery. I still love to hate Celeste and Roger lol.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jocelyne
  • 2021/04/23

Outstanding Historical Romance Series!

This is the second book in The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, an outstanding Historical Romance. John and Dellis’s adventures continue where the first book left off. There is a lot going on in this installment. The storyline is intricate, and enthralling, filled with intrigue, danger, and twists and turns. The supporting characters are great and intriguing. The full cast of narrators did an outstanding job with the narration (Shane East, Tara Langella, Patrick Zeller, Marnye Young, Dryw McAuthur, Shayna Small and Nicholas Boulton). The audio quality is impressive. I HIGHLY recommend this book, and this Series. Looking forward to listen to The Turncoat, the next installment in this amazing Saga. #CaffeinatedPR #TheAudioFlow

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Debbie Haupt-The Reading Frenzy
  • 2021/04/21

Book 2 in the saga is exceptional!

The Traitor
Rebels & Redcoats #2
TJ London

The Traitor, book 2 in TJ London’s Rebels and Redcoats saga is all about secrets, lies and consequences.
Captain John Carlisle of his Majesty’s Army has fallen in love and is trying to keep his love the beautiful Oneida Innkeeper Dellis McKesson safe while he tries to clear his name about his involvement in the massacre at her village two years earlier that resulted in the death of her parents and a brutal attack she survived that was carried out on the orders of his then superior officer Major Roger Delancey. But to do that he’ll have to confess his many sins which he’s not proud of but he also knows that keeping her in the dark will be their downfall.
Dellis is tired of all the posturing by the men in her life and wishes all her relationships could be easy but that’s certainly not the case with her Redcoat. She just wishes he’d come clean with whatever he’s hiding because she’s got a secret to tell him too.
As the world around them continue to crumble and the obstacles between them grow they both know that their love is precious but can it weather the storm that’s coming?
This not for the faint of heart as it contains some pretty graphic and violent content, non-stop action and a rather raw narrative but since it fits TJ London’s storyline like a glove and it’s not there for shock value it actually gives the story an added element of honesty. The audience will find themselves entranced by the period perfect costumes and customs, a smokin hot romance and credible characters that will stay with the listener long after the book is over. And as in book one it’s John and Dellis who rule the pages with their passion, their pain and their resilience.
Fans of Outlander and other realistic historical fiction of the like will love this series that is meant to be read in order.

Narration:
The narration by Shane East and Tara Langella who portray John and Dellis are incredible they emit just the right amount of emotion in every word but they’re not alone and the performances of Marnye Young, Patrick Zeller, Shayna Small and Nicholas Boulton are also exceptional making the audio version the way to go.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • kimbacaffeinate
  • 2021/04/20

passion & suspense await you in this epic saga

Brilliant. This wrecked me. From the stellar narration to the rich characters, The Traitor and this saga deserve all the stars. One of my favorite sagas of this decade. A must listen: London delivers passion, history and drams as she shares a sweeping story that left me begging for the next audiobook.

I loved The Tory, but The Traitor took the story and its characters to a whole new level. The full cast narration pulls you in and never lets you go. Each narrator played their role brilliantly with stand out performances by Tara Langella and Shane East, our heroine and hero. They brought these characters to life and their passionate romance was off the charts. Dryw McArthur did a splendid job with Alexi and I am eager for more of this story. Patrick Zeller as Delancie ...is it wrong to love a villain? Zeller is a new Marnye Young’s Celeste is a character you will love to hate. Shayna Small as Agnes and Nicholas Boulton as Merrick and Major Butler were a welcome addition to the audio. Every narrator gave award worthy performances.

The narration is duet style, and it enhanced London's masterful, fleshed out tale and complex characters. London's saga is a historical romance with strong romantic elements that quickly pulls listeners in and soon has them spreading the word to all who will listen. London brought her blood, sweat and tears to this incredible story and I am delighted she brought it to our ears.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • PATRICIA
  • 2021/04/20

Top series in my library!

I don't even know where to begin to tell you how much I love this book. I love The Tory, and was so excited when this was completed and in my ears. But it turned out to be even more than I can expect! Stories within stories, interwoven so not only are we captivated with the characters, but entranced with the intricate way each story builds and grows. Our main characters, Dellis, John, Delancie, and Celeste keep us on our toes. I loved each one as their own journey progressed with such exciting plots. Every emotion is felt! Heartbreak, loss, grief, hate, love, jealousy...this book encompasses it all and finishes with an ending that left me happy and satisfied! London is an amazing talent and her Rebels and Redcoats Saga has quickly become one of my favorite listens of all time.

Now the cast of this epic story. Tara Langella continues her incredible performance as Dellis. Such a complex character, and Langella just understands her. Each scene incredibly gripping and made me love Dellis's strength and love. Shane East as John Carlisle. Enough said. This character has so many sides to him, and East keeps us on track knowing exactly where his loyalty lies with his nuances. Marnye Young as Celeste, proves just how talented she is, creating this jealous, social climber. We love to hate her and Young makes her realistic and relatable. Patrick Zeller as Delanice keeps us intrigued with this hatelful man. I love his voice, bringing the inflections that at times waiver our feelings, but then put us right back on track. This book has the addition of Nicolas Boulton and Shayna Small who are fantastic. Their voices fill in our cast and create scenes that are like movies in our mind.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Carole Wooten
  • 2021/04/20

Incredibly well done!

I loved this book! After the way that The Tory ended, there was no doubt that I was going to read (or listen) to the next book in the series. I just hoped that this installment would be as good as the preceding one. You know what? It was even better in my opinion. This was one of those books that I couldn't wait to get back to when I wasn't listening and looked forward to those opportunities that I did have to slip on a pair of headphones. I really had a fantastic time with this book.

This series really is a saga. I am only two books in but I feel like I have been through a lot with this cast of characters already. This book picks up right after the last book ended. Since we already know the characters, the story takes off right away. Dellis finds out that John is actually a Redcoat and sets out with her cousin Alexei to find out exactly what is going on.

The characters in this book were phenomenal. Dellis is a strong woman and she faced some challenges in this book that really broke my heart. John is the kind of man that will stand by his word and is very loyal. Together, these two just worked perfectly. They have such good chemistry with each other and you can feel how much they care for each other as the story unfolds. The supporting characters were equally well done. The villains of the story were equally well developed and were truly vile humans.

The narration was top-notch. I am a big fan of full-cast productions and I must say that this was a stellar team working on this book. I felt like each narrator really brought their characters to life and brought a lot of emotion into their delivery. I loved the fact that conversations between characters utilized multiple narrators making everything flow quite naturally. The quality of the narration added a lot to my overall enjoyment of the story.

I would recommend this series to others. This was a captivating listen that really pulled at my heartstrings. I feel like I have been on quite the journey with Dellis and John and cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

I received a digital audiobook review copy of this book from the author/publicist.