Treason's Tide

  • by Robert Wilton
  • Narrated by Cameron Stewart
  • 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

July 1805: Napoleon's army masses across the Channel - Britain is within hours of invasion and defeat. Only one thing stands in the way - an obscure government bureau of murky origins and shadowy purpose: The Comptrollerate General for Scrutiny and Survey. And, rescued from a shipwreck, his past erased, Tom Roscarrock is their newest agent.In England, the man who recruited Roscarrock has disappeared, his agents are turning up dead, and reports of a secret French fleet are panicking the authorities. In France, a plan is underway to shatter the last of England's stability. Behind the clash of fleets and armies, there lies a secret world of intrigue, deception, treachery and violence - and Roscarrock is about to be thrown into it headfirst.
Robert Wilton has held a variety of posts in the British Ministry of Defence, Foreign Office and Cabinet Office. 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. He divides his time between Kosovo and Cornwall.
What the Narrator Says
"Robert Wilton does for cloak-and-dagger skulduggery in the Napoleonic Wars what George MacDonald Fraser does for later 19th century episodes such as the Crimea and the Indian Mutiny in his Flashman novels. Treason’s Tide brought the era to life for me; the intervening couple of centuries just melted away. Human nature hasn’t changed, and espionage is not an exclusively modern phenomenon. I loved narrating this book....more, please!" Cameron Stewart on narrating Treason's Tide

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What the Critics Say

"A sparkling gem of a novel; not only a gripping espionage thriller that has the extra thrill of being grounded in genuine history, but a beautiful, lyrical novel alive with the sheer joy of language." (MC Scott)

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Customer Reviews

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Surprisingly enthralling

This was first published under the title "The Emperor's Gold".
I had borrowed the second book in the series from the Library, but on realising that there was an earlier title, ordered that from Audible. It was so brilliantly read by Cameron Stewart that I ordered the second as an audiobook as well.
The story, based around Napoleon's proposed invasion of England in 1805, is interesting in itself. That it is based on a secret archive from the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny & Survey ( a precursor of MI5 and MI6), leads to a fascinating book. It is a long and complicated one, with plots and counter-plots, but is well worth persevering with.
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- Bibliophile

decent discount read

What did you like best about Treason's Tide? What did you like least?

it was an interesting take on the espionage genre, setting the book in the time of napoleon was a not something i would ever have thought of. the problem i had was that it was rather slow to get started, i was over hallway through the book before i become interested and really enjoyed it. also the use of excerpts from military journals of the time although adding a certain authenticity to the story really for me just made the stories progress jerky.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

as i mentioned, it took rather a long time to 'hook' me, the beginning was somewhat confusing and long.


What about Cameron Stewart’s performance did you like?

i enjoyed cameron's voice, his accents added to the story and were fitting, helping the immersion.


Do you think Treason's Tide needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no, the story is complete as it was.


Any additional comments?

if you can get it cheaply and don't have anything better to read its interesting enough.

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- Mrs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios