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This review is from: Treachery (Kindle Edition)
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.