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The Plantagenet Vendetta
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is another exciting book by John Paul Davis, and like his previous books, I found it compelling reading and hard to put down. The plot centres on present day descendants of the Princes in the Tower, suggesting that they actually survived, rather than the popular assumption that they were murdered. These present day descendants still resent the fact that their ancestors were denied the throne of England, and over the centuries since the time this happened, have plotted against the monarchy in a bid to reclaim their (perceived) birthright. The book explains the historical context well, and then moves to the present day, where the death of the current King is linked to their activities. It centres on investigative work by a TV journalist who uncovers both tombs of Plantagenet ancestors and the activities of their present day descendants. It is also apparent that the plotting will continue, as not all those responsible are arrested, and their sons will take the place of those now behind bars.

As I said at the beginning of the review, I really enjoyed this book, and give it five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2014
I really liked the story behind this novel and got engrossed once I was into it. I found the early stages a bit distracting when the author used different styles of referring to people i.e. by surname for some and first names for others. It may be a bit pedantic but it distracted me initially from the flow of the story.
Having said that it is a really gripping story and well worth reading and I would certainly read other books along this theme
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely appalling. Written with a complete lack of subtlety, unbelievable dialogue and clichéd characters. Life's too short to waste your time on this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2014
Very entertaining and worth some late nights reading this book I would recommend it to my friends got a wee bit heavy if you're history is not up to scratch
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2014
Was spellbound with the story line. Could not put the book down excellent.Recommended to anybody. Left a bit of avoid to fill. Well done.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2014
The story centres around the Royal Family, but does not try to incorporate any of today's real family. The king has died, but it appears that foul play was involved. Other deaths in high places have also occurred, and tenuous links start to appear. A young woman reporter is sent to a Yorkshire village to research a follow-up story about a girl's disappearance. As other historic families become involved, the Cousins' War starts to replay, causing confusion to the reporter who realises that the girl's disappearance is somehow linked to the current dispute. This is quite a fast paced story, so concentration is needed to keep track of the different characters. Historical background is given via monologues from various members of the Royal Family and professors, which can slow the flow of the plot but are worth sticking with as they help to make sense of actions that ensue. The authors' notes are worth reading, especially if the reader doesn't have a grasp of medieval English history. An interesting, if highly unlikely, twist on an historical mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an exciting mystery adventure and I did enjoy it. But there is too much convoluted history detail which gets repeated tediously. This adds to the improbability of the plot and takes away from what could be a rollercoaster narrative. Not his finest hour I'm afraid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2014
Normally read historical fiction and picked this as a curiosity. Did I regret it, defiantly not. This is a page turner, an ingenious plot and story line. I liked it so much I bought his other two books. A very cleaver weave of history and the present.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2014
A fascinating story looking at the twisting fates of the various protagonists of the war of the roses combined wth a ripping yarn, easy to read but interesting too, the characters are well drawn and the pace fairly relentless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2014
Loved this book, but you would struggle if you don't know your Plantagenet history well. Fortunately I do! This is one I will retread. Bit longwinded in parts, and style varied, but highly entertaining.
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