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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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  • fionavb
  • 27-09-2015

Martyr

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

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  • lovetoread
  • 18-06-2015

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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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 17-04-2015

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
  • 13-04-2013

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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  • David
  • 12-04-2015

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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  • Claire
  • 04-08-2018

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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  • Godiva
  • 09-10-2017

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
  • 21-05-2015

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.

Any additional comments?

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-2015

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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