As King James I takes the throne of England, pirates take the seas, and a British royal spy uncovers their swashbuckling plot in this 17th-century mystery.
Summer, 1604: England is on edge as a high-powered Spanish delegation arrives in London to start vital and long-awaited treaty talks. King James, a year into his reign, wants to be seen as the Peacemaker King, bringing an end to nearly twenty years of warfare with Spain which has left both countries exhausted and almost bankrupt. Yet there are some who profit from the war—and they cannot be allowed to threaten the peace negotiations.
British intelligencer Martin Marbeck, working under a new spymaster, is charged with protecting the Spanish delegation. But even Marbeck hasn’t foreseen that the task will pit him against corsairs of the high seas, double agents, and corrupt noblemen who will stop at nothing to wreck the treaty. Suddenly Marbeck’s peacekeeping mission is his most deadly assignment yet.
“The third entry in the early 17th-century spy series once again succeeds in exploring complicated times. Perfect for readers who delight in political intrigue and secret agent shenanigans no matter what time period.” —Library Journal