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Rory Clements is a British Sunday Time bestselling author of spy thriller, mystery and historical fiction novels.

Born in Kent, England, he was brought up all over the world as his father served in the Royal Navy.

Passionate about becoming a writer from a very early age, Rory worked as a journalist for a national newspaper for several years before eventually turning to novel-writing.

His love for thriller novels emanates from the fact that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather brutally fought in three major wars.

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Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

United Kingdom

Website: https://www.roryclements.co.uk/books

The John Shakespeare Books

  1. Martyr (2009)
  2. Revenger (2010)
  3. Prince (2011)
  4. Traitor (2012)
  5. The Heretics (2013)
  6. The Man in the Snow (2012)
  7. The Queen's Man (2014)
  8. Holy Spy (2015)

Tom Wilde Books

  1. Corpus (2017)
  2. Nucleus (2018)
  3. Nemesis (2018)
  4. Hitler's Secret (2020)

Detailed book overview

The John Shakespeare Books

Martyr

The year is 1587. A professional killer lurks in the shadows of the streets of London.

Queen Elizabeth's government is heavily strained.

The Spanish warships are drawing ever so closer; Mary Queen of Scots is facing capital punishment; and a discovery at the London Bridge suggests that betrayal is rife.

When a scheme to kill the country’s legendary sea warrior Francis Drake is exposed, John Shakespeare is assigned the responsibility of protecting him.

But when the lifeless remains of one of Elizabeth's cousins are found brutally murdered in an illicit printing house, Shakespeare is compelled to investigate.

Will he undertake both assignments before it’s too late?

Author: Rory Clements
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1848543638
Publisher: Hodder Ome
Revenger

The year is 1592.

England and Spain are embroiled in brutal battle.

A more vicious threat however draws closer to home.

Queen Elizabeth is left exposed following the death of loyal spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham.

Summoned by Robert Cecil, Elizabeth's youthful and inhospitable statesman, John Shakespeare is bestowed with the responsibility of recovering crucial papers that are now at the hands of the Earl of Essex.

Zealous in every sense of the word, Essex has pursued the Queen, who is more than three decades older.

But upon undertaking his assignment, Shakespeare learns that the life of the Queen is endangered, as well as that of himself and his family.

Author: Rory Clements
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0062356246
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Prince

The year is 1593.

Queen Elizabeth's reign of peace and prosperity has been heavily stained.

Catholic Spain patiently waits and schemes.

A tiny cart loaded with dangerous cargo clatters through the streets of the English capital before exploding viciously.

However, this is but the beginning of a brutal series of explosive attacks.

Nothing will ever be the same again for John Shakespeare.

With nothing but fury in his heart, Shakespeare launches investigations which will see him journey from palatial horse races to lavish brothels, from the theatrical underworld of Marlowe and Kyd to the persecution chambers of priest-hunter Richard Topcliffe.

Author: Rory Clements
First Release: 2011
Ebook: B00DI2HIPC
Publisher: John Murray
Traitor

The year is 1594.

Queen Elizabeth’s navy has a hidden weapon: powerful machinery that gives England great control on the waters.

Catholic Spain is willing to do whatever it takes to not only seize the optical apparatus but also abduct the people who are knowledgeable about its workings.

The instrument in question is dubbed 'Mr Eye', while the unpredictable Dr Dee is the brains behind it.

So when a second fleet causes terror, intelligencer John Shakespeare is assigned the responsibility of safeguarding the life of Dr Dee.

While on his mission, Shakespeare uncovers a far bigger threat that exposes betrayal in Queen Elizabeth's court.

Deadly allegations are far closer than he thought.

Author: Rory Clements
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1848544321
Publisher: John Murray
The Heretics

The year is 1595.

Queen Elizabeth is left enraged after an invasion by Spanish armada results in a vicious ambush on coastal Cornwall.

Could another fleet of Spanish warships be on their way? Is this an act of vengeance for the sacking of Spanish shipping? Or are there darker motives?

Sent to find the answer is intelligencer John Shakespeare.

The nation’s confidential defenses however start imploding, as his web of secret agents is gradually weakened—one after the other.

But how is all this connected to Thomasyn Jade, now on the brink of insanity thanks to the foul rituals of exorcism?

Author: Rory Clements
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1848544369
Publisher: John Murray
The Man in the Snow

The year is 1594.

Christmas is right around the corner.

Upon hesitantly heeding to a request from Joshua Peace, Searcher of the Dead, intelligencer John Shakespeare is utterly oblivious of the dangers that lie ahead.

The lifeless remains of a naked man are then discovered in a snowdrift.

On his head is a wreath of holly crowning, and a bullet in his back.

With everyone else deeply entangled in Christmas preparations, Shakespeare must not only untangle a sophisticated scheme of passion and betrayal, but also face off with a vicious killer who is not afraid of shading more blood.

Author: Rory Clements
First Release: 2012
Ebook: B00CGZXQH6
Publisher: Witness Impulse
The Queen's Man

The year is 1582.

The nation is on the verge of turmoil as a result of the rivalry between Protestants and Catholics.

Although Queen Elizabeth sits on the throne, others have pledged their allegiance to her jailed cousin—Mary, Queen of Scots.

Separated from his books, young lawyer John Shakespeare is enlisted in the secret service of Sir Francis Walsingham.

His maiden assignment involves unmasking the traitors who would wish nothing more than to see Queen Elizabeth dethroned—or worse off executed—with Mary, Queen of Scots ascending to the throne.

But as Shakespeare will soon find out, snakes in the grass come in various shapes and sizes.

Will he become the Queen's Man?

Author: Rory Clements
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1848548480
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Holy Spy

The year is 1586.

A band of rich and youthful Catholic rebels conspire to overthrow the Queen, making England vulnerable to a Spanish attack.

However, unbeknownst to them is the fact that the assured, assertive and negligent schemers have been perforated by one John Shakespeare—Sir Francis Walsingham most skillful intelligencer.

Shakespeare is however distracted, given the fact that the love of his life is being accused of murder.

With two top priorities, Shakespeare has to not only rescue his lover from execution, but also deceive and capture the schemers.

But what will become of his mission after he discovers that the cases are inseparably connected by corruption right at the summit of power?

Author: Rory Clements
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0062466051
Publisher: Witness Impulse

Tom Wilde Books

Corpus

The year is 1936 in Berlin.

A youthful Englishwoman outwits the Gestapo to hand over crucial documents to a Jewish scientist.

Weeks later, the woman’s lifeless body is found in her Cambridge bedroom.

When a famous member of the county set and his wife are brutally executed, an unorthodox history professor ends up plunging into a world of surveillance which he only interacted with in books.

Could the two killings be connected to the murder of the young woman in Cambridge, and the drama about King Edward VIII and his lover Wallis Simpson?

Will he manage to rescue the love of his life and avert a vicious bloodbath?

Author: Rory Clements
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1785762642
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
Nucleus

The year is 1939.

Hitler’s army has occupied Czechoslovakia; Jewish oppression is growing harsher in Germany; and the IRA has unleashed a huge bombing spree in mainland Britain.

But above all else, scientist Otto Hahn has discovered nuclear fission, marking the birth of the atomic bomb.

Although the German High Command has a team of experts committed towards building a nuclear device, they fear that the Cavendish lab in Cambridge may be ahead of them.

So when one of the best Cavendish scientists is mysteriously killed, Professor Tom Wilde must act quickly if he is to save the world.

Author: Rory Clements
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1785764523
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
Nemesis

The year is 1939. War is on the horizon.

While unwinding in France, professor Tom Wilde learns that one of his former students named Marcus Marfield is held captive by the French.

A gifted chorister and history student, many thought that Marfield had died after joining the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War.

But on moving back to England after being released, Marfield isn’t welcome by everybody.

As conspiracies intensify, the fate of Europe and, by extension, the entire world, is at the mercy of some merciless schemers.

Will Wilde shatter the conspiracy? Or will the enemies triumph?

Author: Rory Clements
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1785767500
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
Hitler's Secret

The year is 1941.

Things are not going well for Britain and her allies.

Only a new and powerful weapon is needed in order to defeat the Nazis.

While in Cambridge, Professor Tom Wilde learns about the existence of such a weapon, thanks to an American intelligence agent; one which even Hitler is oblivious of its existence.

The only problem is sneaking the package out of Germany.

Upon infiltrating Germany, Wilde learns just how determined the Nazis are to ward off the Allies from possessing the package.

And to make matters worse, Wilde is pursued by a merciless assassin across Europe.

But why must the secret of the package stay hidden?

Author: Rory Clements
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1838770297
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing