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Rory Clements
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3. Februar 2011 John Shakespeare
Revenger (John Shakespeare 2) For fans of CJ Sansom and SJ Parris, REVENGER is the fourth in chronological order of Rory Clements' acclaimed and bestselling John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers. Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, 'does for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times 1592. England and Spain are at war, yet there is peril at home, too. The death of her trusted spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham has left Queen Elizabeth vulnerable. Conspiracies multiply. The quiet life of John Shakespeare is shattered by a summons from Robert Cecil, the cold but deadly young statesman who dominated the last years of the Queen's long reign, insisting Shakespeare re-enter government service. His mission: to find vital papers, now in the possession of the Earl of Essex. Essex is the brightest star in the firmament, a man of ambition. He woos the Queen, thirty-three years his senior, as if she were a girl his age. She is flattered by him - despite her loathing for his mother, the beautiful, dangerous Lettice Knollys who presides over her own glittering court - a dazzling array of the mad, bad, dangerous and disaffected. When John Shakespeare infiltrates this dissolute world he discovers not only that the Queen herself is in danger - but that he and his family is also a target. With only his loyal footsoldier Boltfoot Cooper at his side, Shakespeare must face implacable forces who believe themselves above the law: men and women who kill without compunction. And in a world of shifting allegiances, just how far he can trust Robert Cecil, his devious new master?

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  • Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: John Murray Publishers (3. Februar 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 184854085X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848540859
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3 x 14,3 x 20,5 cm
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'Excellent ... both a thriller and a history lesson ... it succeeds on both literary and dramatic levels ... It is an amazing book that combines detail of Tudor life and language with an exciting adventure story. Clements is obviously an enthusiastic scholar and manges to convey all the atmosphere and customs of the sixteenth century in a convincing action novel ... The author has a masterly style that holds the attention and carries the story effortlessly forward ... Clements's second novel combines political intrigue in high places with the cruelty and depravity of the times. It is a successful formula and his third book will be eagerly awaited' Sunday Express 'A historical thriller to send a shiver down your spine. Atmospheric ... it demonstrates energy, elan, a fine ear for dialogue and a grasp for the intrigues of Elizabeth I's court. Clements also demonstrates the compelling eye for detail and character that Bernard Cornwell so memorably brought to Rifleman Sharpe ... I could not tear myself away, it is that good' Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail 'The sights, sounds and smells of Elizabethan London are resurrected in Rory Clements's marvellous Revenger, in which intelligencer John Shakespeare (brother of you know who ...) administers what can only be described as ruff justice' Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph 'Step into the world of Elizabethan intelligencer John Shakespeare and you put your very life in peril, whether it be by the blade, the rope or the rack ... High adventure has never been more exciting, and a life-and-death shoot-out at a lonely Masham farm makes for a storming climax' Northern Echo 'This is a substantial and satisfying novel ... I love this book and it is a great successor to the first book. John Shakespeare is established as a swashbuckling hero of the first order and his family are becoming important to the story. I look forward to another tale of John Shakespeare' Crimesquad 'Revenger is a page-turning mix of mystery, political intrigue and adventure, as gripping as any modern-day thriller' Keighley News Praise for Martyr : 'Clements has a real feel for the Elizabethan period...he understands the religious challenges and historical events that shaped 16th century politics and amidst it all he has devised a thrilling plot. An excellent start to a new series' Lancashire Evening Post, Pam Norfolk 'A cracking plot full of twists right up to the last minute. I look forward to the next' Sunday Express 'Beautifully done ... alive and tremendously engrossing' Daily Telegraph 'A colourful history lesson ... exciting narrative twists' Sunday Telegraph 'Enjoyable, bloody and brutish' Guardian 'An engrossing thriller' Washington Post 'An excellent debut' Publishers Weekly 'Captivates and carries one along through the strength of its plot and its intelligent main character' Dallas Morning News 'The joy of this book is the way it interweaves commonly known history with the story. The atmosphere and attention to detail will commend this book to devotees of the period' Crimesquad 'Clements can be seen as doing for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's ... What's impressive in the latest is how much of Tudor society it crams in, from the court and Derby's estate to outlaws and the soldiers in its concluding scene' Sunday Times 'There's plenty of thrills ... the multiple plot elements are well-handled ... there's much that's enjoyable and Clements' orchestration of the narrative is skillful' 'The best yet in Rory Clements' magnificent series about John Shakespeare ... As always, the historical detail is fascinating and sometimes delightfully obscure ... another sumptuous feast that will leave you sated - but craving for the next helping! Crimesquad 'I found this the best book in the series' Historical Novels Review Praise for Prince: 'A genuine page turner, and cleverly weaves in real historical events and personalities. Fans will not be disappointed' Eastern Daily Press 'Intriguing ... wonderfully graphic and descriptive. Clements richly deserves the accolade: "faster moving than C.J. Sansom' Bookbag 'Clements' thrilling murder mysteries are a real cut above ... steeped in authentic 16th-century politics, the plots are complex and clever, and the characters believable and engrossing. But his greatest gift is the ability to bring to life the squalor, intrigue and perils of Tudor London and amidst it all create a superbly tense and entertaining mystery. Roll on Mr Shakespeare's Act IV' Lancashire Evening Post 'Blending fact with fiction Clements tells a rip-roaring yarn with vigour and energy and a huge enthusiasm for the period ... a novel lacking neither action nor spice. An undeniably enjoyable and lively plot that gathers pace and excitement throughout. A devilishly good read' Crime Time 'There is a veritable cornucopia of elements to praise here ... John Shakespeare is one of the great historical sleuths' Barry Forshaw 'This very well-plotted, erudite, historical mystery has many twists and turns which make for a very vivid story line. A very absorbing read with a real quality, similar in style but perhaps faster moving, than books by James Forrester or C.J. Sansom. I consider it one of the best books I've read this year. I will certainly look out for more stories by this very talented writer' Eurocrime 'What most impressed me was Clements' ability to set a fast-paced crime thriller in the London of 1593 and to make it entirely convincing. Clements gives life to this world, not just through years of painstaking research into all things Elizabethan - from cuisine to clothing, politics to borstals, autopsies to witchcraft - but through his use of real figures from history and the manipulation of actual events. What we end up with is a scenario that is believable, and perhaps this is what makes it such an enjoyable read. Whether intentionally or no, many of the topics dealt with in this book also still resonate today and it gives acts of terrorism, for example, a longer historical context' Edinburgh Book Review Praise for Martyr and Revenger: 'A cracking plot full of twists right up to the last minute. I look forward to the next' Sunday Express 'Beautifully done ... alive and tremendously engrossing' Daily Telegraph 'A colourful history lesson ... exciting narrative twists' Sunday Telegraph 'Enjoyable, bloody and brutish' Guardian 'An engrossing thriller' Washington Post 'An excellent debut' Publishers Weekly This is a historical thriller to send a shiver down your spine ... atmospheric - the evocation of the filth and debauchery of London is quite exceptional - it demonstrates the compelling eye for detail and character that Bernard Cornwall so memorably brought to Rifleman Sharpe. I could not tear myself away, it is that good Daily Mail

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Rory Clements is the bestselling author of the John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers. His six acclaimed novels, Martyr, Revenger, Prince, Traitor, The Heretics and The Queen's Man, follow Elizabeth's Intelligencer, John Shakespeare, brother to the playwright William, through the dark underworld of Tudor England as he unmasks the traitors and conspirators who plot against the Queen. Rory Clements won the Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award in 2010 for Revenger, and has been shortlisted for CWA Awards for Martyr, Prince and The Heretics. A TV series is currently in development. Find out more at

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rory Clements - Revenger 11. Juli 2011
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Nach den Ereignissen des ersten Bandes "Martyr" (dt."Seelenfänger ") hat John Shakespeare sich aus dem Geheimdienst zurückgezogen und sich mit seiner katholischen Frau Catherine als Schulmeister niedergelassen. Sein früherer Arbeitgeber Walsingham ist inzwischen verstorben.
1592, nach fünf friedlichen Jahren, wird Shakespeare zum Earl von Essex beordert, der ihm einen merkwürdigen Auftrag erteilt: er soll Eleanor Dare, eine junge Frau, die seinerzeit unter den "verlorenen" Kolonisten in Roanoke Island war, ausfindig machen. Angeblich soll diese Frau in London gesehen worden sein und man erhofft sich von ihr Aufschluss über das Schicksal der verschwundenen englischen Siedler in Neuengland.
Es ist erstaunlich, warum sich der Earl of Essex dafür interessieren sollte, aber da sein irischer Gefolgsmann Mc Gunn ihm eine hohe Belohnung zusagt und ihm andererseits für den Weigerungsfall Sanktionen gegen Shakespeares katholische Frau androht, erklärt Shakespeare sich bereit.
Auch Robert Cecil, wichtigster Minister von Königin Elizabeth, der sich für ihre Sicherheit verantwortlich fühlt, hat einen wichtigen Auftrag für Shakespeare: Cecil verdächtigt den ehrgeizigen Essex, Günstling der alternden Königin, nach ihrem Tod den Thron an sich reißen zu wollen - eventuell auch, diesen Tod beschleunigen zu wollen. Um seinen Anspruch zu untermauern, plane er angeblich, seine Frau Frances (Tochter des verstorbenen Walsingham) zu vergiften und die junge, dem Thron nahestehende Arbella Stuart heiraten zu wollen. Shakespeare soll Essex beobachten und eine solche Heirat verhindern.
Als hätte er nicht schon genug zu tun, wird Shakespeare auch noch in einen Mordfall verwickelt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Second book in a great series! 18. Juli 2011
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British writer Rory Clements' new novel, "Revenger", the second in his Elizabethan setting, is even better than is first, "Martyr". Clements' central character - John Shakespeare (older brother to you-know-who) - is an "intelligencer" for Sir Francis Walsingham, principal secretary to Elizabeth I. Meaning he investigates and "looks into" problems at court and in the country as a whole. In the first book, Shakespeare helps foil a plot against Sir Francis Drake and becomes involved in the Protestant/Catholic on-going struggle.

In this second in the series, Shakespeare has retired from "intelligencing" after Walsingham's death. He marries a Catholic woman and has a child and begins a school for poor children in London. But in 1595, Shakespeare is "persuaded" to head back into the life of an intelligencer. Put to work by Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex - young boy-toy of the aging Elizabeth - to find an elusive woman in London, who may - or may not - be Eleanor Dare, a possible survivor of the lost Roanoke Colony. Added into the mix is a plot against the life of Elizabeth - in the waning days of her rule - by the Devereux family, as well as the on-going, simmering dispute between Protestants and Catholics. And those are the major plot points; there are quite a few smaller ones. Somehow, though, Clements never gets the plot lines confused in his writing, so the reader doesn't.

Life in Elizabethan England was often, to paraphrase Thomas Hobbes, "short, brutish, and nasty". Plague often swept the cities, and daily life was not easy. Certainly many of the characters in "Revenger" didn't meet particularly happy ends; death by horrific means was depressingly common. Clements doesn't make light of ugly death in his work. It appears as an often justifiable end to many a badly-lived life.

Rory Clements has really developed an interesting set of characters in his series. Brother William makes a couple of appearances in the books, but the main character is John Shakespeare. I'm pleased that there is a third book in the series, already published in England and that I ordered from AmazonUK. Clements is a good writer; seemingly getting better with each book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excitement and conspiracy on almost every page 12. Oktober 2011
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This is a tale of altered history, using John Shakespeare, the brother of William, as the sleuth. William even makes a brief appearance and plays a role. The first in this series was "Martyr" and introduced Shakespeare as an "intelligencer" for Her Majesty, the Queen of England, Elizabeth I.
As the second book opens, John has retired from a palace and political intrigue to serve as headmaster of the Margaret Woode School for Poor Boys. His first main problem is an instructor who is too harsh with the students, but whom he is stuck with. The instructor was foisted upon him by the Protestant Bishop as an agent to keep track that no Roman Catholic leanings creep into the curriculum. His second worry is the Roman Catholic faith of his beloved wife, Catherine. She refuses to keep it hidden, a dangerous position in England at this time. John worries for his wife and his young daughter.
Queen Elizabeth, to whom John is loyal, has enemies. England has defeated the Spanish Armada, but Spain is regrouping and King Philip remains a threat. There may also be a plot to arrange a marriage between Lady Arabella Stuart, generally acknowledged to be next in line to the English throne, to Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex. This would be a powerful alliance and could topple the queen.
Some rough characters convince John to get back into the intrigue game, some working for Sir Robert Cecil, some for Essex. John isn't quite sure who is on the side of the queen and who is against her. When John's wife quits speaking to him after she narrowly misses a trip to the Tower with the Catholic priest she follows, his troubles are compounded. Somehow, his family is entangled in a plot to overthrow his monarch and he must use his wits to keep this from happening.
The book is quite long for a mystery, but there's excitement and conspiracy on almost every page to keep the reader's interest.

Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of "Choke", for Suspense Magazine
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Elizabethan mystery 21. August 2011
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I rarely write reviews. However, after finishing Rory Clements' Revenger, I was moved to respond.
I am a reader who loves the Elizabethan period. However, recently, I have become turned-off by the surplus of Tudor-era novels that are 1) superficial 2) boring 3) historically inaccurate and/or 4) well-researched but so dense and depressing they are a chore to read.
So I picked up Mr. Clements' book with trepidation. I enjoyed the first few pages and read further. To my surprise and delight, I was still reading, into the wee hours. Clements has succeeded in creating a well-researched Elizabethan world, with multidimensional compelling characters, & excellent pacing & plot twists. He also manages to keep close to a dozen balls in the air-plotwise-and stay not only coherent but suspenseful. His conclusion is believable, it is also very moving.
That said, there are a few points where I felt his characterizations were a bit over the top. And I found myself confused sometimes regarding John's wife's behavior and reversals. But these are quibbles, forgiven quickly given the overall strength of the writing.
I would also like to note my appreciation for the issues the author takes on. In Revenger, he address both the Earl Of Essex and the mysterious Roanoke Colony. In Martyr (which I have just started), he portrays the time of the Armada and the bitter religious conflicts in England at the time. (And, yes, much as we might not like to think about it, Elizabeth of England could be brutal. It wasn't all lace, love, and wit at that court!)
So, thank you Mr. Clements, for a great read. I look forward to buying your books in the future.
5.0 von 5 Sternen great Elizabethan mystery 21. Juni 2011
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John Shakespeare retired from field work to be with his wife Catherine and their four years old daughter Mary. He teaches at a small school and finds his two females superseding the excitement he had working for Queen Elizabeth.

Since he has been a family man since leaving the intelligencer field, John is surprised when the Earl of Essex asks him to investigate the disappearance of the Roanoke colonists who are rumored to be safe and sound in London. Essex's rival Queen Elizabeth's Privy Councilor spymaster Sir Robert Cecil does not trust the Earl who he thinks might have seditious schemes. As such, Sir Cecil orders Shakespeare to serve the Queen as he did five years ago (see Martyr).

Revenger is a great Elizabethan mystery as readers will feel they are in London during a tumultuous period in the Queen's reign with the Spanish war on-going, a plague devastating London, and intrigue inside her royal court. The mystery of Roanoke is handled deftly while Shakespeare proves worthy as he holds the plot together while not shocking to him finds strange even perverted bedfellows on both sides of the argument between Cecil and Essex.

Harriet Klausner
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book! 20. Mai 2014
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I love historical murder mysteries - this was a really good book. Am looking forward to reading others in the series and will be eager for more!
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