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Summary

Summer, 1585: Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting King Philip of Spain’s treasure to Queen Elizabeth.

When a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake’s life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Giordano Bruno and Sir Philip Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap?

©2014 Stephanie Merritt (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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The saga moves on...

Will try to avoid spoilers. Probably the best to date in this series, tighter plotting, more action - and the prospect of Doctor Bruno's tale moving from England to France, with all of the dangers that will bring.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Gripping stuff

Would you listen to Treachery again? Why?

There was so much detail, creating a great visual effect. Another listen would reveal even more.

What did you like best about this story?

It had a good pace, no filling in.

What about Laurence Kennedy’s performance did you like?

The accent was not overdone and kept constant throughout.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but it did make you like or dislike the characters.

Any additional comments?

My first Parris book but not my last!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • JW
  • 21-04-14

Enjoyable BUT.......................

What did you like best about Treachery? What did you like least?

I find this series of books quite enjoyable as " light entertainment ". although I think this is the poorest to date of the Bruno series. Have read rather than listened to the previous books and this may be the reason because what I liked least was the narrator's pseudo Italian accent.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was fairly predictable.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Laurence Kennedy?

Yes, it was just his Italian accent which I found irritating, otherwise he was very good.

Did Treachery inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

I tend to prefer my history reading or listening to be more factual and less romantic but occasionally I enjoy something lighter and Treachery is just that. Enjoyable but not for the purist.

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Excellent

This is a really good, complicated tale of treason and murder in Elizabethan England. The lead character is multi-dimensional... an Italian ex-Dominican monk, who works for Walsingham and solves murders. The reader, Laurence Kennedy, is also excellent, with convincing accents and good pace. Altogether I really enjoyed this and although this is the most recent book in the series, I am now going back to all the earlier ones.

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  • CrisH
  • United Kingdom
  • 03-03-16

A lot like an Agatha Christie

A very enjoyable listen, It was like listening to a stage play. I don't mean that in a derogatory way, I mean it was compact and intimate
The narrator was excellent, the accents were completely believable and gave it a lot of atmosphere and drama. I'm not going to give away plot or any of the content. Safe to say it is an Elizabethan detective story with lots of twists and turns.
I was hooked from the outset and spent a number of late nights listening to 'just another 15 minutes' when I should have been asleep.
I will make a point of looking out for other stories by the same author and others by the same narrator because I think he would bring any book he read to life.

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Tedious

The story was lame. The narrator was great. I expected more bite. Maybe a second listening would do the book justice.




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first class

loved it. good story excellent plot and good narration. i will certainly be looking for more from the author and narrator

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  • Amanda
  • Sunbury, United Kingdom
  • 31-05-16

solid story telling

Despite being written in a tense I don't normally get on with , the plot soon made me forget my dislike. Solid characters and vivid description make this period piece an excellent listen with good pacing and well placed twists.

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  • Andy
  • England
  • 18-10-15

It grew on me

When I started listening to this I felt rather swamped in verbiage and the narrators Italian accent came across a lot like Bela Lugosi playing Dracula... As the plot and characters developed I became hooked and even started looking forward to the next installment. It developed an atmosphere of Elizabeths England, humour and a certain amount of tension which kept it travelling along at a decent pace - would I try another? Yes probably - will I ever get used to the narrators Italian? probably not - but as the book went on, I think he actually added to the charm...

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I Felt This To Be The Weakest Of The Books.

In this book, Giordano Bruno‘s life becomes involved with that of Sir Francis Drake, his brother, Thomas & the expedition to attack the Spanish ports.

Drake has a fleet of ships commissioned to cross the Atlantic & seize major Spanish ports. They would then capture Spanish ships & treasure, for Queen Elizabeth.

Once again, we see Bruno teaming up with his friend Sir Philip Sidney.

The problem that I found with Book 4, was that the number of sub-plots undermined the story, as opposed to complementing it.