The Royal Secret

The Royal Secret – A Book Forever

The Royal Secret is a story for all those who have at times questioned their life and faced choices between good and evil. It is an epic saga of humanity from beginning to end, and of an unknown future whose clues may lie in the distant past.

The tale is told through the eyes of an American woman and her quest for her own Holy Grail. In it she uncovers the true identity of one of the world’s greatest men. The would-be King of America. An Elizabethan known to the world as a great writer and poet but in a name disguised for centuries in a tissue of lies and obfuscation to conceal his immortal destiny. Read more…

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About John Bentley – The Author of The Royal Secret

John Bentley is a well known creative entrepreneur, traveller, and now first-time novelist. Having travelled half the globe through dangerous lands by the age of twenty, he headed up a global media empire by the age of thirty. It included the UK’s largest movie company, producing the cult movie The Wicker Man. (see more on John at www.johnbentley.biz)

At thirty-two, described by the Press as a corporate buccaneer, and discarding a political career, he retired to study philosophy and metaphysics, in homes from the Scottish Highlands to New York, Paris, St. Tropez and Ibiza.

John Bentley‘s first book is The Royal Secret, an audacious thought-provoking mystery thriller of length and depth based on historical and political reality. Read more…

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The Royal Secret Quiz

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“Mysteries, conspiracies, hidden identities, and secret codes abound in this debut thriller, which shuttles readers between the modern day and Tudor England. As Mrs G’s quest for answers takes her to England, and then to France, Germany and Hungary, she finds herself drawn to Ethan, a mysterious handsome priest. Little does she know that Ethan is more than he seems. Mrs. G proves herself an engaging heroine. Meanwhile, her story is intertwined with that of the life of Bacon as the novel alternates between past and present, spinning the tale of Bacon’s conception, birth, youth, career, and death. A dense, theory-packed book that will appeal to lovers of historical conspiracies.”

Kirkus Reviews, July 31st, 2015


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★★★★★ Very interesting, a good read. Looking forward to the sequel. (max.maggie holland)

★★★★★ The Royal Secret This is a very well written historical book. It has been well researched and gives a new slant on this historical period, leaves you with plenty to think about. A really great book. (Ben Mooney)
★★★★★A controversial and informative historical novel that will shake historians This is a gripping book covering so many different aspects of history, challenging many concepts. The author’s range of knowledge on numerous subjects is astonishing. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative read. (Antonia Williams)


Rita Chapman rated it· ★★★★☆ · February 23, 2016

really liked it

The Royal Secret investigates the claim that Shakespeare’s works were in fact written by Francis Bacon and that Shakespeare was an illiterate who provided a cover for Francis in order to protect his life. It is cleverly written to tell the story whilst simultaneously running a modern-day investigation by a fictional Mrs G. Not many books have me thinking about them when I’m not reading them but this one did. Recommended for anyone interested in history and real life cover-ups.

By Leanne Renaud rated it · ★★★★★ · February 9, 2016

‘it was amazing’

This is a wonderful book. It took a little to get use to the writing style but ending up being great. A great historical story with a little mystery thrown in. It answered a lot of questions but there are still questions that I think we will never know for sure. I would recommend this book to others. I received this book from Goodreads giveaways.

By Michael · ★★★★★ · September 17, 2015

This was a fantastic read! The blending of history, philosophy and contemporary events worked very well within an exciting plot. The characters are all well developed and John’s writing style is refreshing. I would highly recommend this book; especially to anyone that want’s to learn. …more

By Kayla · ★★★☆☆ · December 28, 2015

I really liked the story about Francis Bacon’s secret life. The historical aspects were well researched. However, I really didn’t care for the modern characters at all. They sort of ruined the story for me. They didn’t seem realistic and the dialog between them felt stilted and unnatural. The boo……more

By Russell · ★★★★★ · April 08, 2015

WOW! this book truly makes you question theories we thought were set in stone. Not only in regard to Shakespeare and Francis Bacon, but a real eye-opener to the world as we ‘don’t’ know it! A fantastic read, supported by very interesting research material on the books website, plus the Pearltrees… …more

By Kate · ★★★★☆ · December 13, 2015

This story is fascinating and most compelling. Through a 21st century narrative we accompany Mrs. G on her quest to confirm her suspicions of actions and identities of several of the main players from late 16th / early 17th century England. Juxtaposed against the quest is the 16th century story o… …more

By Susan · ★★★★☆ · July 09, 2015

This book, although blending fact and fiction, highlights the truth of the true identity of Shakespeare. There is no doubt that sir Francis Bacon should wear the crown of English literature. Author, John Bentley, provides creditable evidence as to Francis Bacon being not only the writer of the pl… …more

By Mike · ★★★★★ · August 20, 2015

The mixture of fact, hearsay and fiction makes it very compelling reading and if I was a bit sceptical before, it now convinces me that Francis Bacon was indeed the author of Shakespeare’s works.

Congratulations to the author on writing a splendid book.


By Reevsy · ★★★★☆ · July 14, 2015

This is a magical tale of love, hope, triumph and despair. It took me time to really get into the story, but as it revealed itself I got to the stage when I could not put it down to know the finale. …more

By Clare · ★★★★☆ · August 20, 2015

Interesting theories and well written. …more

By Sharon · ★★★☆☆ · January 10, 2016

Interesting conspiracy theory ala The Da Vinci Code. This one runs from Christ thru the Merovingians (though I question that bloodline, skipping from Christ’s love child straight to Merovich hundreds of years later), through the Tudor family and Shakespeare.

Still, a good conspiracy read. Lots of… …more

By Shannan · ★★★★☆ · September 28, 2015

Interesting book. The author did fantastic research when it came time to write it. I love how the author offered his research material on the books website so you are able to see how he came to write this book. It is a must read to those who like reading of secret societies and the possibilities… …more

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