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Summary

Drake: Shakespeare is ordered to protect him. With Drake on land fitting out his ships, he is frighteningly vulnerable. If he dies, England will be open to invasion. In a London rife with rumour, Shakespeare must decide which leads to follow, which to ignore. When a high-born young woman is found mutilated and murdered at an illicit printing house, it is political gunpowder - and he has no option but to investigate. But why is Shakespeare shadowed at every turn by the brutal Richard Topcliffe, the blood-drenched priest-hunter who claims intimacy with Queen Elizabeth herself? What is Topcliffe`s interest in a housemaid, whose baby has been stolen? And where do two fugitive Jesuit priests - one happy to die for God, the other to kill for Him - fit into the puzzle? From the splendour and intrigue of the royal court, to the sleek warships of Her Majesty`s Navy and the teeming brothels of Southwark, Shakespeare soon learns that nothing is as it seems.

©2009 Rory Clements (P)2010 Oakhill Publishing

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Martyr

A sligtly lighter version of CJ Sansom's Matthew Shardlake drama's. Very enjoyable and well narrated.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great story

Believable characters so well written with such good dialogue I was immediately engaged. Just about to start second in the series which says it all!

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Engrossing!

An enjoyable Tudor 'who-dun-it' with a good deal of very believable historical detail - almost too realistic at times!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • SHIFNAL, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

Good historical detective story

This is a detective story based in Elizabeth 1 reign based on some historical facts. I Really enjoyed the way the novel and the history mixed together. Not mad about the narrator - not bad but have had better. Overall a really good listen.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Martyr

The voice of the narrator was initially off putting but as I became engrossed with the plot I found him easy to listen too. Although the language suits the times I found it rather vulgar and unnecessary, I feel some may be put off by it.
The book has a good plot, the main character is an easy one to like and on the whole I think the story is a good one.

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Interesting

An interesting slant on familiar characters. Generally well read by Peter Wickham although some of the accents used are grating at tmes.

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  • Sue
  • Leigh on Sea, United Kingdom
  • 21-05-15

Took too long

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I tried to listen to this story about 5 times but got bored every time. I was expecting more Matthew Shardlake type story with characters but none were forthcoming in the time i gave it

Has Martyr put you off other books in this genre?

no

Did Peter Wickham do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

not that I could tell.

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Didnlt like the narrator - not enough difference in characters making them all sound the same.

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Average

It's not brilliant, but an enjoyable listen.

Narrator's accents seem to flick in and out a bit and lack depth.

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