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The Desperate Remedy | [Martin Stephen]

The Desperate Remedy

In the dark days of King James I, a man must know his enemies to survive. To Henry Gresham, gentleman, scholar, courtier, and spy, William Shadwell is invaluable. A thief, informer, double-dealer, and pimp, he may not be the most moral of men, but he is one of Gresham's best sources. When Shadwell is murdered, Gresham's enquiries uncover a plot so audacious it is scarcely believable.
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Publisher's Summary

In the dark days of King James I, a man must know his enemies to survive. To Henry Gresham, gentleman, scholar, courtier, and spy, William Shadwell is invaluable. A thief, informer, double-dealer, and pimp, he may not be the most moral of men, but he is one of Gresham's best sources. When Shadwell is murdered, Gresham's enquiries uncover a plot so audacious it is scarcely believable.

© Martin Stephen; (P)Oakhill Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Henry Gresham is a hero for all seasons, and The Desperate Remedy is a dashing delight that challenges what we think we know." (Val McDermid)
"The twists and turns of a burgeoning intrigue provide tightening suspense while Stephen interprets with delicacy the motives of complex characters." (reviewingtheevidence.com)

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    Anthony Brisbane, Australia 11-30-09
    Anthony Brisbane, Australia 11-30-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant!!!!"

    This is superb work - a master storyteller and an accomplished narrator combine to make this listen one of the finest in my library. If you like historical fiction this book is one of the best!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 09-20-12
    Mark Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 09-20-12 Member Since 2008

    I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)

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    "Excellent historical mystery"

    All of the Henry Gresham novels are well-written, with fleshed-out characters, believable plots, and exciting action / intrigue. Definitely recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Thomas
    Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
    10/21/07
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    "The Desperate Remedy"

    A well read book that was sufficiently gripping for me to listen to the end. I was a little put off by odd factual inaccuracies (e.g. Alnwick Castle - the seat of the Percy family - is twice referred to as being on the coast. It is 5 miles from the coast). Trivial but easily checked and, if this is wrong, what about the rest of the historical framework for there is a substantial amount of contemporary detail thrown in. The other offputting device was that it regularly resorted to the hero's reflections which, perhaps naturally in his circumstances, became repetitive to the point of rumination. Having said that, I always wanted to know what happened next even though I thought I knew the overall historical context fairly well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    wellingborough, northants, United Kingdom
    8/22/10
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    "What a treat!"

    I came to this book with some uncertainty as it had very mixed reviews, however once started it is in every sense a page turner. Henry Gresham is wonderfully crafted hero the plot moves at a fast pace and submerges you in the grimy streets and murky world of Jacobean London. As the book progresses it unravels the web of deceit and plotting surrounding the Guy Fawkes story, it reminds us that this was a very real attempt to overthrow the King and Parliament and not the joke which it has become on the 5th of November. Yes there are some inaccuracies but they did not spoil my enjoyment of the book.

    The narrator is excellent he very much brings the characters to life, a wonderfully enjoyable Listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Carbrooke, Norfolk, United Kingdom
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    "fascinating despite shortcomings"

    Yes, there are [at times fairly obvious] inaccuracies, but the storyline is compelling and the excellent reader makes most of the text. Don't let the weaknesses of the book distract you from its captivating strengths. If you can cope with the occasional inappropriately modern language or factual error you will love this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    8/31/10
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    "A good listen..."

    Having read a couple of others in this series I went into this pretty much knowing what to expect and was not disappointed. A rollocking good story told at a pace that keeps you into the story. The narration is excellent as well so all in all well worth the mustard!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Parissa
    ParisFrance
    2/25/07
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    "Absolutely fantastic!"

    An intelligent historical thriller, a pleasure to listen to. I could not recommend it more!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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