Review: The Tory by T.J. London

Posted October 3, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 12 Comments

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I received this book for free from Book Tour Provided in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Tory by T.J. London
The Tory

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Series: Rebels and Redcoats Saga #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by The Audio Flow
Released on August 31, 2020
Format: Audiobook
Source: Book Tour Provided
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The Delight

It has been an age since I read or listened to a story set in the Colonial-Revolutionary War period, but it took no persuading at all for me to take up this first in a saga by a new to me author when I saw the promise of a stunning tale in the blurb.  Between superb narration work, a tumultuous authentic-feeling plot, and richly drawn characters The Tory continues to resonate inside me well after I finished.


The Tory opens with British officer, John Carlisle, prepared to do what it takes to restore his honor and his officer’s commission that was removed when he was implicated in a situation in the volatile American colonies.  In the guise of a war profiteer, he sets up in New York’s Mohawk Valley at a inn run by an Oneida woman, Dellis, who captivates him as her heartwrenching story comes to light and they form a tie that deepens as time goes by.  He learns what he needs to know, but that was the easy part.  His heart is now engaged and it is pulling him in another direction from his original plan, but he has learned the situation is complex and much bigger than one officer’s restoration or the love of one woman- what he chooses to do will affect nations and war.

The Tory is a story that grabbed me up into its world from the opening chapter and it took hold of my emotions for the whole tempestuous ride.  It was graphic at times and didn’t pull any punches about the raw world of the American frontier.  The author wrote the larger pictures around John and Dellis’ story with balance and understanding of the times and people.  The action, suspense, twists, colorful characters- and some famous ones- carefully built romance, and larger series arc were absolutely fabulous.

John Carlisle was not a character who endeared himself to me at first.  It wasn’t just his plan to infiltrate and spy and eventually set up the Oneida tribe, but his immature character.  However, over the course of the story, he learned, he showed more facets to himself, and I felt like I was right there with him.

Dellis was half-Scottish half-Oneida.  She has lost much and is now stepping out of a traditional role to take care of herself as well as a brother with issues who can’t care for himself.  She is intelligent and strong to face what she must.  I appreciated her and was engaged with her character from the beginning.  I loved when she and John were in scenes together.  Their connection and sizzling chemistry leaped to life for me.

As to other characters, wow, even secondary characters whether good or cunningly working their own agendas, were colorful and entertaining.

The plot is full without overflowing into too much.  The situation and historical backdrop are rich and full, the action is described in a way that is a sensory experience, and the connection between characters and reader/listener to book is tight.

I must pause here to give warning that there are some gruesome moments in this book.  Nothing will prove to one just how much more audio brings to a story than something like this.  I think I could have read about a scalping with a small cringe, but listening?  It took me a bit to shake that picture loose.  So, expect a rough, raw world and not a gentle rosy story, but what is painted out is not gratuitous or simple titillation; it is necessary to the story.

Four sensational narrators had the work of bringing The Tory to audio life.  As soon as each took the reins, I saw masterful performances with the characters.  I thought they all did due diligence to their characters and captivated my imagination with their audio work.

In summary, I was thoroughly pulled into the Rebels and Redcoats world so that I sat after the cliffhanger ending and could only mourn that I was thrust back into real life.  I can’t wait to see what comes next.  Historical Fiction lovers and those who don’t mind a more tumultuous historical romance set during a time of action and war and drawn with amazing authenticity should definitely grab this one.

My thanks to Caffeinated PR and The Audio Flow for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met

New Release #148
Audio #78
Historical Fiction #75

About the Book

His king or his conscience…which will he choose?

It is the winter of 1776, and Captain John Carlisle, one of His Majesty’s not-so-finest, has gone back to the scene of the crime to right a wrong so dark it left a permanent stain on what was once an illustrious career and left a man broken, defeated, in search of justice….

In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Colonial Army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray. But a chance meeting with a beautiful half Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission – and devastate her people.

Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve King and country, but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice….

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Happy Dance! Like you I cannot wait for the next audiobook. A least we know its coming in 2021!!!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, and if I get desperate sooner, I can read first. LOL Though, I do love the narration team so probably not.

Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

Not sure if this would be a book for me but I’m glad you liked it even if some of it was gruesome to read.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, it’s definitely a history lover’s read. Ugh on the scalps.

1 year ago

Ooo, interesting. This is not a time period I turn to for romance. So, yeah. Interesting 😉

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  vvb

It was so big saga, Velvet. I love the history, characters, and the romance.

Anne - Books of My Heart

I looooooove Shane East so I’d love to listen to this one. I also love this time period so I’ll have to try to fit this into my listening. Fantastic review!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Then you really must. He’s a treat in this story and the story is powerful. 🙂

Carole Rae
1 year ago

I really liked this!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Oh yes! 🙂

Caffeinated PR
1 year ago

So delighted you loved this as much as I did 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Caffeinated PR

I’m glad you had my back and offered it. 🙂