In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Heretics a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'A tremendous read. He appears drunk, but he's been poisoned. Wilde secures his release just as German tanks roll into Poland. England may have survived the Armada threat of 1588, but when Spanish galleys land troops in Cornwall on a lightning raid seven years later, is it a dry-run for a new invasion? An excellent start to what promises to be a cracking series. In the aftermath of the fire, a semi-mummified body is discovered in the ashes of St.
. With each volume of this series I like him even better. Our protagonists also have to deal with their personal lives. All that is known of him for certain is that he is utterly loyal to Cromwell and that nothing can be long hidden from him. Getting our of the city London and into the northern Fen country and our to Cornwall added to the novel. A naked man has been found in a snowdrift, a wreath of holly crowning his head and a bullet in his back.
Disappointed Although this book transports the reader back into the turbulent times of the reign of Elizabeth and provides some really good descriptions of what life was like for rich and poor, I was a bit disappointed with the story. Scroll down to read more reviews. Cannot wait to read number 6 in the series! The whole of Elizabeth's reign seems to have been filled with plots of one sort or another and I'm not sure how many of them were as serious as they were made out because accusing someone of treason was a good way to remove a person from circulation if not killing them outright. This took the edge off a good and interesting story. This book is worth it on the historical accuracy alone.
However, Shakespeare has his attention from this diverted when intelligence reveals that the Spanish are plotting to invade — will it be another full scale Armada or is it a diversion tactic and is the threat to the English throne closer to the Queen than anyone could imagine. The plot cracked on at a good pace, with several sub-plots to follow, and at no point did it seem to drag. The ghastly Topcliffe does not feature as much in this novel as in most of the others and indeed spends part of the novel in prison for contempt of court he has sued another man for not paying him a promised sum of £5,000 for having arrested and tortured to death the defendant's father. The eve of war: a secret so deadly, nothing and no one is safe June 1939. Not only Shakespeare but also his children are in grave danger which makes him vulnerable. When a renowned society couple with fascist leanings are found brutally murdered, a maverick Cambridge professor is drawn into a world of espionage he knows only from history books.
A turkey is served for a feast, which causes comment that this novelty is the biggest chicken ever seen. Much now ensues: murder, duplicity, missing documents, plots of treason and skulduggery all bounce off the pages at a hell of a lick. The female characters here are stronger, both the good ones and the cold-hearted villains. The eve of war: a secret so deadly, nothing and no one is safe June 1939. Paul's, in a tomb that should have been empty. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries.
Yet at other times he tends to go off on a tangent which leaves you dangling in midair until the relevancy becomes clear. Within weeks, she is found dead, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers. If he dies, England will be open to invasion. This one, however, falls down on the plot and some of the reasoning for events is a little tenuous at best. German High Command knows Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory is also close, and when one of the Cavendish's finest brains is murdered, Professor Tom Wilde is drawn into the investigation. I do not have a favourite Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? The plotters are Catholics, involving priests who manipulate young women under the guise of exorcising their 'demons. Dark history with a thrilling fictional edge' Lancashire Evening Post 'Well-researched and plausible, Nucleus offers an attractive combination of history and suspense' Shots Magazine 'A pacy and dramatic historical spy thriller' Historical Novel Society 'I am already looking forward to the next Tom Wilde novel.
When a renowned society couple with fascist leanings are found brutally murdered, a maverick Cambridge professor is drawn into a world of espionage he knows only from history books. I recently read and was slightly disappointed with the effort so I am especially thrilled to have found that the Shakespeare series is going from strength to strength. I read a fair number of historical novels, and I find this is a common problem in long-running series. The London and England that John Shakespeare and his colleagues occupy is wonderfully vivid, so when Clements also nails the storyline, he creates exciting and entertaining fiction that is difficult to put down. Sir Robert Cecil demands answers.
Paul's is engulfed in flames and reduced to ruins. But when a highborn nobleman dies after taking the same potion the authorities decide to act. The Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Meanwhile, a U-boat sinks the liner Athenia in the Atlantic with many casualties. What is Topcliffe's interest in a housemaid, whose baby has been stolen? King Charles I has fled London, his negotiations with Parliament in tatters. It's also unfair to compare a work of historical fiction to works of more general fiction.