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Treachery [Audio CD]

S. J. Parris
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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 (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,008 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent adventure... 13 Mar 2014
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average - Predictable and Lightweight... 4 April 2014
By RM
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I looked forward to this book coming out as I'd enjoyed the previous books. However, maybe the "first person" genre has run it's course. The characters don't develop, there's no depth to them or the story and it reads a bit like a report...I simply can't get into this one, and as the plot (and what character building there is) follows the same lines as the others it's even a bit irritating. Certainly not comparable to C J Sansom books, let's put it that way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Mar 2014
By Dickens
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Another excellent Bruno novel from SJ Parris. Well written and gripping, very enjoyable. No need to have read the others, although this would be a good idea. Thoroughly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping mystery 9 Mar 2014
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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In the fourth of this series featuring Giordano Bruno and Philip Sidney, Parris creates another complex and twisted case set in the mid-1580s. Drake is about to set off on another voyage to harass the Spanish, but a dangerous manuscript, death threats, a suicide (or is it?) and the legacy of a previous execution conspire to keep him at Portsmouth.

I like this series for its wit, complex plotting and for the characters of Bruno and Sidney who are a step up from the more usual single-dimensional historical investigators. Parris’ dry wit, ventriloquised through Bruno is especially welcome: ‘ “Perhaps not,” Sidney says, still beaming. He seems to have decided that aggressive charm is an effective way to irritate Thomas Drake. It is proving successful so far.’

If you’re looking for switch-off reading which is still gripping, this may be a good choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem in a packed genre 22 July 2014
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It is the mid-1580s and Sir Francis Drake is the toast of England following his exploits against the Spanish. he is planning a new voyage to the Spanish Main to obtain riches for the Crown and his crew. Sir Philip Sidney sees this as an opportunity for adventure and making money and he plans to join the fleet, with or without the Queens' permission. Giordano Bruno, one-time Domenican friar of Naples, sometime spy and recently disgraced pensioner of King Henri of France, accompanies Sidney to Plymouth ostensibly to greet Dom Antonio a visitor from Portugal.

When meeting Drake, Bruno discovers that a member of the crew has dies in circumstances that seem to indicate suicide, but something is wrong. The dead man was involved in a unpleasant incident on a previous voyage wham a dissenter was executed for treason, his brother vowing vengeance. There is the issue of rare book, a gnostic gospel, that is prized but the Vatican and on its trail is Jenkes, the earless bookseller and enemy of Bruno. There is also the matter of Lady Arden, cousin to Lady Drake, and the goings on at the House of Vesta, a brothel for the rich and powerful.

Yet again Parris has written a pacy and exciting read about the fictional adventures of the real character Giordano Bruno. Whilst the story is thrilling, the historical detail does not lack and this makes the series one of the oat enjoyable of its genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Elizabethan Whodunnit 30 Aug 2014
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The author now has a proven track record of producing books that are not only popular with reader's interested in the Elizabethan period of English history, but also those who simply enjoy a good murder mystery, whatever period it is set in. Her first book in the series was Heresy, written in 2010, and the present book Treachery, is the fourth in an excellent series.

The Italian Giordano Bruno is a likeable and believable character, and so he should be, as he was a real person who existed in the period of time in which the author places him. In fact his real life ran almost exactly as the author portrays him in her books. He frequented the court of Elizabeth I and associated with many influential figures of that time, including Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, and Giordiano's friend and associate from the books, Sir Philip Sidney.

Sidney has cajoled Bruno into travelling to Plymouth ostensibly at the behest of Elizabeth's spymaster Francis Walsingham, as they arrive Sidney tells Bruno that he is determined to talk Sir Francis Drake into allowing them a berth on his next voyage, which is due to leave Plymouth, shortly. Giordiano Bruno is less than enthusiastic at the idea, but he soon becomes involved in trying to solve the death of a man on Drake's ship, while still in the harbour. The death initially looks like suicide, but certain clues point to the fact the death is more likely to be murder . . .

I found the book an enjoyable read. I am fascinated by the Elizabethan period and always enjoy books that have a cast of real people plucked from the pages of history. This, for me at least, always adds atmosphere, and an element of truth to the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed all of S
I have enjoyed all of S.J.Parris books so far. This was no exception. It started slowly but soon built into a really good read
Published 4 days ago by Patricia-Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant read as always
Published 5 days ago by ruth stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent next instalment to excellent series of books
Published 5 days ago by Jb of suffolk
4.0 out of 5 stars If there is one person I would like to meet for a pint
If there is one person I would like to meet for a pint, it would have to be Giordano Bruno. Another superbly written thriller.
Published 7 days ago by Colin Duffy
2.0 out of 5 stars Comedy!
Thoroughly disappointed with this after having enjoyed Ms Parris's other novels in this series.
"Blackadder" springs to mind (minus Baldrick) with Bruno as Rowan... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Hilary
1.0 out of 5 stars Protective corn pads in order
This book is so corny I felt compelled to post some sort of review about it here. Its pages are littered with clumsy references to people running their hands through their hair,... Read more
Published 10 days ago by A B Ookwormy-Type
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I haven't read it yet but I enjoyed the previous books in the same series
Published 10 days ago by Ssgt R. M. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good narration but really nothing much happens
Published 11 days ago by Layla Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Well paced and plotted. A great read!
An absolutely absorbing read. I am generally not a fan of authors using the present tense but it seems to work well here. Read more
Published 11 days ago by RoverP
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book and will be buying the others in ...
Really enjoyed this book and will be buying the others in this series. Well researched and well written - definitely worth 5 stars.
Published 12 days ago by Stella MN
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