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VINE VOICEon 15 June 2013
C. C. Humphreys is an automatic purchase for me, that's how much trust I put in his ability to entertain me. With 'Shakespeare's Rebel' he again proves worthy of that trust. The story is fast paced, exciting and peopled with engaging well realised characters. The central flawed hero John Lawley has an almost Flashman like ability to end up in the thick of the action while doing his utmost to avoid it. All he wants to do is return to worming his way back into the affections of his love Tess. In short, you get just about everything in this story: love, action, conspiracy, betrayal and a little black humour...highly recommended.
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on 10 March 2015
Superb read. Couldn't put it down. Great main character in Lawley, who would like nothing better than to act, be a husband and father and stage the fights in Shakespeare's plays, but who becomes an unwilling pawn in warring court factions represented by Robert Cecil, who oversaw the equivalent of an Elizabethean CIA, and the Earl of Essex, Elizabeth's ambitious favorite courtier. A good and believable presentation of Shakespeare as a character. and a satisfying description of the first staging of Hamlet. I've read many novels featuring Essex and his complicated relationship with Elizabeth and this novel's approach to their relationship is well done. I also appreciated the sense of being plunged into the glory, vigor, and danger of the Elizabethean world itself, where a misspoken word could easily land one in the Tower on a charge of treason, punishable by one of the goriest deaths ever invented, unless you were nobility, of course, and then you merely had your head removed.

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on 15 September 2014
a long time since i enjoyed a book so much! it was just a joy, written with a great sense of humour and full of intrigue. the 'hero' is very funny and always in trouble. william shakespeare is his best friend and we are given an insight to the great man's character as seen by the author of course. i will be reading more by this author from now on.
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on 24 September 2013
John Lawley is not Jack Absolute by any stretch, in fact I never really warmed to him, but CC Humphreys' sense of period and his knowledge of swords and Shakespeare mostly made up for that. At times I was more interested in the players than the plot, but I was keen to stay in his Elizabethan London, particularly if the players are once again involved!
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on 3 June 2013
I LIKED THE BOOK but was not as enamoured about it as I have been as the ones before , this author has written better books than this. The book did not grip me as others have.
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on 13 June 2015
An interesting read but not outstanding. Yet another among many written against the background of Elizabethan England characters reacting to tyranny and persecution.
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on 28 May 2013
This book was a great read and kept me interested from start to finish. I will keep a look out for others by this author.
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on 26 December 2015
A great story in an excellent series. Very pleased.
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on 22 March 2015
Excellent story
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on 23 April 2015
good
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