I bought this book on the recommendation of other reviewers on here. Big waste of a credit. Huge disappointment. This seemed like it was written by a high school student. Characters were types, narrative filled with cliches, plot completely predictable. I stuck with it, thinking there would at least be a surprise ending, as indicated by other Audible reviewers of this book. Not even a decent payoff there. Saw the ending coming many chapters before. A book is rarely so bad that it makes me angry that I wasted time. This one made me mad.
Excellent book, but remember that it is a work of fiction. Thomas Cromwell turns into a likable character in this book. For balance, I'd also recommend reading or listening to The Tudors, by G.J. Meyer, a nonfiction book that depicts Thomas Cromwell as, well, not so likable.
I found the lead character to be rather boring. I never got a feel for who he was -- only that he stole some ideas first proposed by the Prophet Isiah, who was writing mostly metaphorically, and then to the most literal and extreme level.
The protagonist also apparently has some "issues" with water, first hijacking a leadership role from John the Baptist, indulging in a foot-washing fetish and then giving some questionable, if not unsanitary, advice regarding not washing the hands.
The ending bordered on science fiction, which seemed OK within the context of this book -- a sort of Magic Realism backdrop (not as skillfully done as a Salman Rushdie, certainly) to an ancient drama.
The point of view of different narrators would work better if they truly held different points of view. I suspect some heavy editing was involved.
Needs more work.
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