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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (27 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471263185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471263187
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 948,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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S.J.Parris is the bestselling author of Prophecy and Heresy. Her historical thrillers follow the renegade monk, philosopher and heretic Giordano Bruno, as he uncovers dark mysteries and plots in Elizabethan England.

'S. J. Parris has created a character in Giordano Bruno that will endure. A true rival to C. J. Sansom'
Sam Bourne (bestselling author of The Righteous Men)


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Summer, 1585: As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of King Philip's Invincible Armada, ready to invade English shores Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting Philip's American treasure supplies 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Provocateur on 24 Nov. 2014
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This is yet another good read in Parris's Giordano Bruno series. Parris always spins a good yarn and throws in lots of little details which help us to get a feel for the period.

My only criticism of Parris's books may be different from the others found here; they are concerned with the ridiculing of the Christian faith. These parts of the books may, of course, simply meant to be Bruno's own views; he's a very unorthodox thinker for that time. But I always get the feeling that maybe these are the author's views too. In 'Treachery', I think she gets completely carried away in places. For example, on page 292, Bruno thinks to himself; 'In all its history, I wonder, has the Christian church ever brought anything but strife and bloodshed, either to those who embraced it or those who refused it?' On page 353 she writes about the possibility of Jesus' disciples removing his body after the crucifixion so that they could falsely claim that he had risen from the dead.

Both of these observations worried me. In the first instance, whilst admitting that fallen human beings are capable of terrible cruelty and foolishness, the Christian church has also brought forth much that is good, from universities and schools, hospitals, many of our laws, most of which are still intact, not to mention the greatest treasures of art, music, architecture (etc) the world has ever known.

In the second instance, the notion that frightened men would hide Jesus' body, claim that he had come back to life, and then die hideous deaths, rather than admit their fabrication, stretches the imagination beyond breaking point.

This kind of 'anti-religion' permeates many books today. I can understand some of the feeling; the general antipathy towards all religious belief (especially since 9/11), but the constant 'rubbishing' of the Christian religion in particular, really bothers me.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar. 2014
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My oh my, there are certainly a lot of historical novels about Elizabethan England being published these days. Two major authors have series, Rory Clements' "John Shakespeare" and SJ Parris's "Giordano Bruno". Both authors have new books out, and this review is about "Treachery", the fourth book in the Bruno series.

Giordano Bruno was a real person. He was an Italian monk, who questioned scientific teachings of the Church and was forced to flee for his life. He ended up, eventually, in England, after leaving the priesthood. He went to work for Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth's secretary and "spymaster". While working for Walsingham, he befriended Walsingham's son-in-law, Sir Philip Sidney. In "Treachery", the two are sent down to Plymouth and Sir Francis Drake's fleet on a mission for Walsingham. Sir Philip would like to accompany Drake on his next sailing against the Spanish but Bruno wants to stay on terra firma.

As usual when Bruno and Sidney turn up somewhere, so do deaths. Mysterious and brutal and often politically motivated, these murders are solved by Bruno, who is quickly attaining a reputation in Elizabeth's court as a "go-to man" on figuring out intrigue. "Treachery" is a complicated story, though not too complicated to appeal to Parris's many fans of her three previous books in the series. This book is the first in which I've sensed Giordano Bruno has a sense of humor; there's some light-hearted bantering with his friend, Sidney. Parris also gives Giordano a love interest, Lady Arden, the cousin-in-law of Francis Drake. The book is filled with real and imaginary characters and Parris shows a real feel for the politics and scientific advances of the times.

SJ Parris tells a great story in "Treachery". It's well-worth the time spent with her cast of characters in the fairly long book. Also, look for Rory Clements' "John Shakespeare" series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mickey on 12 Aug. 2014
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A good read as are all the Bruno books but a little predictable and as are a lot of books these days too long .The history is a little thin as is the plot .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By misty meanor on 27 Sept. 2014
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Historical whodunit centred around Drake's preparations for another jaunt against the Spanish. Bruno is an excommunicated Italian monk sometime in the employ of Walsingham, the Queen's spymaster. He has been sent with Lord Spencer to welcome and escort a Portuguese dignitary to London when Drake finds he has a probable murder on his hands which will cause all sorts of problems with his planned departure. Spencer is angling to go on Drake's voyage and encourages Bruno's investigations thus making them invaluable to Drake - he thinks. This is well-written and keeps a good pace without making unbelievable leaps in logic. The historical background is clearly set without giving lectures that slow the flow of the story. The characters are well defined and I think completely believable. I have not checked thoroughly, but Bruno seems be the lead character in other books so I will be looking for more about him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SALLY KATHERINE BRACHER on 10 Sept. 2014
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This is my first Giordano Bruno book. The star rating I've given it is "it's ok"; maybe that's on the mean side, but you can't give half stars.
Bruno goes to Plymouth with his friend Sir Phillip Sidney, ostensibly to meet and escort the Portuguese pretender. However, Sir Phillip wants both of them to join Sir Francis Drake and get fame and fortune by pillaging Spanish ships returning from the New World loaded down with treasure. Unfortunately, an apparent suicide onboard detains the fleet, and Bruno is asked to investigate.
Maybe I've read too many murder mysteries, but I guessed the culprit rather too quickly, and wasn't engaged enough by the Italian philosopher's derring-do.
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