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Summary

A Thomas the Falconer Mystery.

1596. Sir Robert Vicary is to host an important guest, Grigori Stanic, the ambassador of distant Muscovy, and Thomas the Falconer is called on to entertain the Russian party. The ambassador is to make a magnificent gift to Boris Godunov, brother-in-law to the feeble Tsar Feodor: A priceless gold chain. But no sooner has it arrived than it is stolen. So begins Thomas hunt for The Muscovy Chain...

©2007 John Pilkington (P)2014 Audible Studios

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a good story

I enjoyed this episode and adventure of Thomas the falconer. this selection of stories are easy listening and are narrated well.

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Awful in so Many Different Ways

A poor story, badly written and with only adequate narration. Don't be fooled into thinking this may be a good follow-on read from the Shardlake series; it's not. The author appears to know nothing about the Elizabethan period - he certainly doesn't include any valid historical facts - and his use of language covers phrases probably first used in the 20th century.

The story is plodding and the ending (no spoilers) suggests that the author likes playing games with his readers. Well, he can play them without me. I won;t be listening to any more of his drivel.

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good read ,bad ending !

loved this book , the narration was excellent However the ending is crazy ! where do you go from here ???

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Problematic

There are some good points to be found. The dialogue is generally believable and some of the historical touches are deftly and lightly done. But there are also several problems and some glaring inaccuracies. The main protagonist is a falconer, a lowly role in the Tudor period, yet he mixes with the higher echelons with an ease which would never be allowed. He also manages to sever an artery in his arm then, without medical attention, chase the antagonist across several fields and fight with him. The fact he lives several hours with a severed artery is in itself remarkable, but to then run about beggars belief.
The plot is also rather unsatisfactory, with the villain being revealed as a character we have not even caught a mention of being revealed very near the end.
I did manage to finish as h it but wit was a bit of a struggle. If I’d paid for it I’d be looking for a refund.

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excellent story

Good story, wonderful narration. I wish there were more to listen to on audible, but can only find a couple.

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  • 05-09-21

What a vile end to a book

I do hope this isn't the last in the series because it disappointed at the end. Excellent narration.

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  • 10-01-21

A new favorite!

My first John Pilkington book and I loved it— great time period, interesting story, and characters I liked. Intelligent dialogue. I listened straight through and then listened to book 1 of his Marbeck series, which is also excellent. Most books in both series don’t appear to be on audio yet and that’s a shame. Definitely recommend.

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  • 10-12-20

Weak

Agatha Christie in the age of William Shakespeare. Not my cup of tea. Good performance