Summer, 1585: Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting King Philip of Spain’s treasure to Queen Elizabeth.
When a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake’s life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Giordano Bruno and Sir Philip Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap?
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"The saga moves on..."
Will try to avoid spoilers. Probably the best to date in this series, tighter plotting, more action - and the prospect of Doctor Bruno's tale moving from England to France, with all of the dangers that will bring.
There was so much detail, creating a great visual effect. Another listen would reveal even more.
It had a good pace, no filling in.
The accent was not overdone and kept constant throughout.
No, but it did make you like or dislike the characters.
My first Parris book but not my last!
I find this series of books quite enjoyable as " light entertainment ". although I think this is the poorest to date of the Bruno series. Have read rather than listened to the previous books and this may be the reason because what I liked least was the narrator's pseudo Italian accent.
The ending was fairly predictable.
Yes, it was just his Italian accent which I found irritating, otherwise he was very good.
I tend to prefer my history reading or listening to be more factual and less romantic but occasionally I enjoy something lighter and Treachery is just that. Enjoyable but not for the purist.
This is a really good, complicated tale of treason and murder in Elizabethan England. The lead character is multi-dimensional... an Italian ex-Dominican monk, who works for Walsingham and solves murders. The reader, Laurence Kennedy, is also excellent, with convincing accents and good pace. Altogether I really enjoyed this and although this is the most recent book in the series, I am now going back to all the earlier ones.
The story was lame. The narrator was great. I expected more bite. Maybe a second listening would do the book justice.
"A lot like an Agatha Christie"
A very enjoyable listen, It was like listening to a stage play. I don't mean that in a derogatory way, I mean it was compact and intimate
The narrator was excellent, the accents were completely believable and gave it a lot of atmosphere and drama. I'm not going to give away plot or any of the content. Safe to say it is an Elizabethan detective story with lots of twists and turns.
I was hooked from the outset and spent a number of late nights listening to 'just another 15 minutes' when I should have been asleep.
I will make a point of looking out for other stories by the same author and others by the same narrator because I think he would bring any book he read to life.
"It grew on me"
When I started listening to this I felt rather swamped in verbiage and the narrators Italian accent came across a lot like Bela Lugosi playing Dracula... As the plot and characters developed I became hooked and even started looking forward to the next installment. It developed an atmosphere of Elizabeths England, humour and a certain amount of tension which kept it travelling along at a decent pace - would I try another? Yes probably - will I ever get used to the narrators Italian? probably not - but as the book went on, I think he actually added to the charm...
Narration- fantastic, Story line- intriguing,plot twists keep you interested. Definitely worth a listen in my opinion.
"solid story telling"
Despite being written in a tense I don't normally get on with , the plot soon made me forget my dislike. Solid characters and vivid description make this period piece an excellent listen with good pacing and well placed twists.
I loved it. it gave me a good example of Elizabeth 1st especially her reluctance to let people go where she could not control or even track their movements.
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