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  • By: Derek Birks
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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Feud

By: Derek Birks
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Summary

In 1459, England stands on the brink of chaos. The most powerful nobleman in the land, Richard of York, and the weak king, Henry of Lancaster, prepare to settle their differences on the battlefield. As the rule of law breaks down all over England, old scores are being settled. 

For a long time, the Elders and the Radcliffes have been, at best, uncomfortable neighbours, but when Ned Elder's father and brother are murdered and his sisters abducted by the Radcliffes, the young knight is forced to flee from his home. With only a few loyal companions, he is hounded across the land by the Radcliffes. His sister Emma is torn from the quiet solitude of her household and forced into marriage, while Eleanor, her wild and beautiful younger sister, is condemned to imprisonment in a remote nunnery. Since neither Ned, nor his sisters, are willing to concede all to the Radcliffes without a fight, an old feud is rekindled. 

For the Elders, nothing will ever be the same again.Their fate now will hang not just upon Ned's skill with a sword, but on the courage of his sisters and the girl he loves. Even so, they are young, they make mistakes, and they will need help if they are to survive, for once the feud begins, no-one is safe....

Amid the carnage and misery of the Wars of the Roses, the bitter struggle for survival is played out to its shocking conclusion.  

©2012, 2017 Derek Birks (P)2018 Derek Birks

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"From the eye-catching cover to the last page, Feud is an exciting story of survival through personal upheaval during a vicious war, where the outcome is not always certain." (Historical Novel Society)

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Compelling listening

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this novel and found myself musing on the storyline in between which is a good indication to me that it has captured my interest. I look forward to the next novel.

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Rollercoaster

This cracks on at a blistering pace. It definitely feels like the book was written to be read aloud and Mike Rogers does a great job with it. Is it me or does Ned sound a bit like Sean Bean? He's got that weary weight in his voice, but is completely different with the female characters. Great credit to writer/narrator team! It may not be history as we know it, but it really brings that age to life!

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Well worth a listen.

I do enjoy a book which is based in a factual time period,but with some fictional characters,it gives the author room to embellish a story,but not too much,as he must remain within the constraints of the historical events, which makes it believable. The author did this really well in this book. I’m looking forward to the next instalment.

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Engaging story set in the background of the Wars of the Roses

An enjoyable and well-presented audiobook showing a superb knowledge of the events of the Wars of the Roses. The story is entertainingly delivered and I would highly recommend this work to any fan of historical fiction. I look forward to more from Derek Birks and Mike Rogers!

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  • 05-06-19

Action from start to finish, highly recommended!

This is the 1st book I have listened to from Derek, and I have to say it was excellent. A number of books I read take time to get started, but this book has you gripped from the very start. Great War of the Roses story, great narration, all round excellent book. I believe there are more books in this series, I look forward to reading these when they are available on audible.

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excellent listen

I thought it took a while to get going but is full of action all the way.

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what a captivating & powerful story

The story was brought vividly to life by the narrator, whose talents brought believable voices from different parts of the world together in such a way that transported me to those lands. Bloodshed, honour, love and family, had me gripping the edge of my seat and willing on the protagonists.

A truly well- written masterpiece, deserving of more than the star allowance I am allowed to give.

I've already begun book two and am as transfixed as ever.

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Action action

What can I say...action and adventure check great characters that you can love and hate check.

I don’t often read historical books but wren I do try them I do normally enjoy them and this one will 100% make my
List of historical fiction I like.
This is my first venture into the war of the roses but it will not be my last.
Looking forward to book 2

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  • 12-09-22

Excellent

Excellent story, great action, great pace, great understanding of the setting. Highly, highly recommended!
The author seamlessly blends in their fictional characters and story with the true timeline and events of the early Wars of the Roses. The author cares and it shows.
Can't recommend this book enough!

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Knights, battles, intrigue and pain! Lots and lots of pain!

Really enjoyed this book. Took me a while to get into, but then I thoroughly enjoyed it. Seemed a lot of very coincidental timing and very fast recovery from death’s door, but definitely worth listening too (and book 2 is even better!!)
Good narration and really brings out the intensity of the storyline. Female characters could be improved, but other than that, can’t complain. :)
Really hope there’s more to come!
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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