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The Tournament

Narrated by: Lucy Gaskell
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1546.

Europe lives in fear of the powerful Islamic empire to the East. Under its charismatic Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, it is an empire on the rise. It has defeated Christian fleets. It has conquered Christian cities.

Then the Sultan sends out an invitation to every king in Europe: send forth your champion to compete in a tournament unlike any other.

We follow the English delegation, selected by King Henry VIII himself, to the glittering city of Constantinople, where the most amazing tournament ever staged will take place.

But when the stakes are this high, not everyone plays fair, and for our team of plucky English heroes, winning may not be the primary goal. As a series of barbaric murders take place, a more immediate goal might simply be staying alive …

©2013 Karanadon Entertainment Pty Ltd. The moral right of the author has been asserted. (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Fact & Fiction

As with all Matthew Reilly stories he merges Fact with Fiction, a great paced novel set in Europe with some very famous cast members. Gives a very detailed insight into Queen Elizabeth 1st and the influences that affected her adult life. As always, the Author can't help himself in the action scenes as he manages to bring the scene to life and extract every emotion of the moment.

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Interesting take on History

Always loved Reilly's stories and this one is no different. and intelligent take on history and the world that could have been. Loved it!!

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Excellent

Lucy Gaskell is amazing, her reading is fantastic one of the best, up there with Mr Fry !the story is great as well.

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Great book

Different story line for Matthew Reilly but as always he does a great job of making it an easy interesting, exciting, and unexpected read /listen. The narrator was also great - she kept me engaged and was easy to listen to.

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Excellent and engrossing story

Really enjoyed this story from start to finish. It’s style, content and construction were first class. Lucy Gaskell should be given great credit in the way she delivered the various characters. Mathew Reilly excelled himself in offering a different style of writing from the Jack West Jnr series. A very worthwhile and pleasurable read.

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A brutally realistic tale of intrigue

Matthew Reilly is always good at sucking you in to his stories. They flow so well that it’s hard to put them down. This is quite a different style of story; for him, but, he nails it. It accurately captures the brutality of human lust, greed and pride, whilst creating a rich tapestry of intrigue. I greatly enjoyed this novel.

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Never thought I'd have an intrest in chess.

While innocently starting with the assumption that you will be attending a world class chess tournament (in which you do) you quickly find yourself in a world of deciet, sex, murder, lust and the darkest parts of religious manipulation around. Horrible dark secrets lurk around every corner and no one can be trusted.... theres also a few games of chess in there somewhere.

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Amazing Author

A different change of pace for a Matthew Reilly book, but still full of the usual intrigue and suspense. Great book for anyone who likes to be on the edge of their seat and who enjoy historical novels.

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I always love Matthew Reilly books but this brought so much more to into it and made the book so much more to love.

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Not sure why I kept reading.

There was way too much torrid sex going on. I liked the narrator. The storyline was predictable. There were some dramatic moments. I did enjoy imagining the unique places described in the book.

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  • James
  • 20-07-2014

Brilliant historical fiction

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elizabeth is my favourite character as she is brave and willing to learn about the realities of life in all its horror, and is not naive as Elsie was.

What about Lucy Gaskell’s performance did you like?

Lucy Gaskell did a wonderful job and I love her British accent.

Who was the most memorable character of The Tournament and why?

The most memorable character is Elsie, Bessie' s friend. Her naivete, the way she discusses her sexual relations with Bessie and the trouble she eventually finds herself in are all memorable moments in The Tournament.

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  • Luke
  • 06-03-2015

Another great book from Matthew Reilly

A different story compared to passed books. But I can say that it is slow to start but a great finish.

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  • K
  • 27-12-2014

History and Action, a winner

This is a surprising offering from Matthew Reilly, when you look at his previous books, which can be best described as "Die Hard" in book, this is a big change of pace where the focus in more on the intrigue rather than the action. Its a nice change, and one that Matthew achieves with ease.

Another significant change for Matthew Reilly fans is the absence of Sean Mangan doing the narration. However, with this book, Lucy Gaskell, is probably a better choice to tell the story of a young Queen Bess.

The story keeps you on your seat to the end and while based on a simple plot, combined with historic references it provides a wonderful journey of discovery.

I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Paul McMahon
  • 23-03-2014

a departure from his usual style

Matthew Reilly has produced a book quite different form his usual action, action, action style. It is patient and detailed; reflecting the main device, chess. The game is less important than the moves in it.

Lucy Gaskell does a good job of narration. She matches the mood of the story very well.

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  • Gary
  • 16-01-2014

You'll be disappointed, not like his other books.

What disappointed you about The Tournament?

Very very different book from his others. Very predictable. Boring historical rubbish.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Enders Shadow

What didn’t you like about Lucy Gaskell’s performance?

Lucy Gaskell did an awesome job, the book was not that good.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Lucy Gaskell

Any additional comments?

My review may be hard, but I'm a Matthew Reilly fan. Not a fan of boring historical made up rubbish. I want action action action.

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