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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.

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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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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!

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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.

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Entertaining historical fiction

Well-researched background details help make this an engaging historical drama, with detail just on the right side of "info dumping" for me. An entertaining tale with a good cast of characters, plenty of twists, turns and enough tension to keep my interest to the end.

I liked the narrator's attempts to convey appropriate (albeit modern) regional accents for characters where required. These would have been far more noticeable at the time, and were a nice touch.

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Well paced historical fiction

An enjoyable listen for those who like the genre.some of the characterization is rather cliched but it doesn’t diminish the entertainment value of the book.

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Blackadder tamed

The story was fine but the general narration especially at the start was peculiar; the narrator sounded much like an over the top character from the Elizabethan Blackadder series. However the narrator was good when doing character voices and this saved him, just. It just needs toning down.

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Wonderful narration

I have been listening to audible books for several years so let me tell you what my years of listening have told me.
Above all narration is key. Even if you have the most wonderful story, and I have had, if the narration of that story is poor, no matter how good the story is it will fail to engage you. My advice: listen to the sample and you will get a good idea of how the book will be read.

This book is both a very good story, historical content with intrigue. The narration is absolutely wonderful. You could be listening to a play with several actors his turn of accent is so good.

I like Roy Clements and I have several of his books on audio, and each case he has chosen a good narrator.




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A good book well written and very engaging. A little contrived in places but fun and well paced

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