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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (639 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rory Clements Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The John Shakespeare Series Release Date:
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England is close to war. Within days the axe could fall on the neck of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Spain is already gathering a battle fleet to avenge her.

Tensions in Elizabeth I’s government are at the breaking point. At the center of the storm is John Shakespeare, chief intelligencer in the secret service of Sir Francis Walsingham. When an intercept reveals a plot to assassinate England’s “sea dragon,” Francis Drake, Shakespeare is ordered to protect him. Busy fitting out his ships on land, Drake is frighteningly vulnerable. If he dies, England will be open to invasion.

From the splendor 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “William Shakespeare’s older brother, John, plays sleuth in Clements’s excellent debut, billed as an Elizabethan thriller…The characters, action, and period detail are all solid.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[A] well-paced plot and complex story.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Rory Clements brings sixteenth-century London to life in this well-plotted historical mystery…Impressive.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sundra | 2/10/2014

    " I think both the Protestants and Catholics were crazy......Jesus could not have been proud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 2/5/2014

    " Mystery/crime thrillers aren't generally my preferred genre, but this one was recommended to me. It was good for what it was: quick moving, complexly plotted without being confusing, and occasionally surprising. The historical element was fairly well done as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aileen | 2/4/2014

    " If you like CJ Sansom's Shardlake books you'll probably enjoy this one, I don't think the characters are as engaging or the storylines as robust but all in all a good read centred around the Elizabethan reign "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth Ferry | 1/22/2014

    " Looking forward to the next one. "

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About the Author
Author Rory Clements

Rory Clements has had a long and successful newspaper career, including being the features editor and associate editor of Today, editor of the Daily Mail’s Good Health pages, and editor of the health section at the Evening Standard. He now writes full time in an idyllic corner of Norfolk, England.