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In 1605, one gory slaying after another disrupts the team of Cambridge scholars James I has assembled to prepare a new English translation of the Bible in this feverish historical thriller from DePoy (Dead Easy). Deacon Francis Marbury, the project's local supervisor, thinks he's been sent a trustworthy aide to help solve the murders, but the enigmatic Brother Timon is actually an agent of Pope Clement bent on sabotage. The Catholic church fears the group's study of ancient texts may be uncovering dire secrets that question the basis of all branches of organized Christianity. Much more blood is spilled before Timon can decide where his soul's allegiance really belongs. Clearly, both the king and the pope are insane, but personal obsessions dog many other characters, who spend excessive time skulking through chilly corridors and slashing at dark shadows. Fans of theological melodrama should enjoy this, but others may tire of the bloody hugger-mugger. (May)
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What if, in the original Hebrew gospels, there were secrets so shocking that revealing them could be disastrous for the Church of England? And what if there had been a fiendish conspiracy to prevent the creation of the King James Bible, a conspiracy of men so desperate to keep the buried secrets from being exposed that they would stop at nothing, not even murder? That’s the premise of this exciting and thought-provoking novel, set in 1605 and featuring a large cast of real-life characters. The only completely fictional character is Brother Timon, who is hired by the translators to find out who is trying to stop the translation. Timon is a compellingly multilayered character (we spend most of the book trying to decide if he’s a good guy or a villain). Like Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, which also involves murder and religion, the novel is a splendid mixture of history and mystery, with vibrant characters and some solid twists and turns. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312627947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312627942
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,463,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PHILLIP DEPOY is the award-winning author of thirteen novels, thirty-seven plays, and several works of non-fiction. He has served as artistic director for professional theatre companies and several university theatre programs. DePoy began his professional career in 1965 with the Actors and Writers Workshop. He achieved a masters degree in performance art in the 1970s before becoming a writer in residence for the Georgia Council for the Arts and a nationally reviewed performance artist. In the 1980s he was composer in residence for the Academy Theatre. In the 1990s he was Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit (Beowulf, which he created and directed there, received international review, including London's Plays and Players.) Beginning in the early 2000s he created the theatre major program for Clayton State University and became that program's first director. He is a recipient of the Edgar Award, given in New York for the best mystery play in the nation in the year 2002, and the GACS 2012 Author of the Year. He created the Flap Tucker series of mysteries, the Fever Devilin novels, a stand-alone thriller called THE KING JAMES CONSPIRACY, and works of non-fiction including THE TAO AND THE BARD and MESSAGES FROM BEYOND. DePoy lives in Decatur, Georgia, with his wife, the playwright Lee Nowell.

Customer Reviews

The characters all felt flat.
Neal
The tone and time are well set and the reader is taken into another time.
J. Scott
The fast-moving book keeps you on your toes.
Diana deLatour

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DePoy goes beyond the usual conspiracy ploys of recent novels, emphasizing instead the human face of such dramas, the control of critical religious dogma. Nor does he hop from the present to the less reliable past, new investigative techniques applied to centuries-old mysteries. Set in 17th century England, all the protagonists in this drama act out their conflicts in real time, the limitations of communication and nefarious deeds critical to the unfolding of a fearless tale that confronts the inherent problems of transcribing the words of the Bible for public consumption: "The Bishop's Bible is an instrument of the Crown as the Latin Bible is an instrument of the pope." DePoy's characters are bedeviled with personal concerns and political realities, not the least of which is the fanatical King James who has ordered the creation of a common Bible for the masses. Like any complicated protagonist, King James harbors his own agenda, his passionate vision for the Church of England.

Furiously resisting the king's intentions, Pope Clement interjects his own perspective, replete with spies and assassins in a deadly struggle to regain Catholic control in Reformed England. Scaling down the controversy to a more measurable stage, the action in this novel centers around a group of Cambridge scholars tasked with transcribing the original translations of the books of the Bible, many of which contain information that radically alters the message of the current Bible. When murder interrupts the work of the scholars, Deacon Marbury hires the enigmatic Brother Timon to infiltrate the group and expose the killer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Scott on June 27, 2009
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The tone and time are well set and the reader is taken into another time. The plot twists, and turns and we are taken on a journey of discovery. Nothing is certain, and as the characters become more real the mystery continue to deepen. Very good evocation of the period, cold stone floors, noises, smells and of course the eternal human traits of hope, fear and faith tested and tested again.
I enjoyed this read very much, and recommend it to anyone interested in a good mystery, the King James Bible translation and the Shakesperean era. I am already looking for the next in hopefully a long series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 29, 2009
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In 1605, King James I assembles a team of experts to translate the Bible into English under the leadership of Deacon Francis Marbury. However, at the onset, someone brutally murders one of the participating scholars. Marbury asks for an investigator to uncover the identity of the killer before others are murdered.

Pope Clement opposes the project fearing secrets of the Church will be exposed. His agents intercept Marbury's plea for help; the Pope sends Brother Timon to sabotage the translation. Soon others are killed by a vicious predator. Timon begins to wonder if he is on the wrong side as he assumes some agent of the Pope is the serial killer ferociously murdering scholars who are doing their job.

This is an interesting historical thriller in which most of the cast starting with the monarch and the pope on down to the scholars, etc are a Freudian wet dream as everyone seems to have major psychoses. No one is likable as it appears the fringe lunatics are in power. Still in spite of advanced abnormal psychology, readers who enjoy dramatic renditions of key religious events will relish this entertaining look through the bloody lens of homicide and fanatic fundamentalist insanity at King James I bringing the bible to the masses.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Sheean on November 15, 2009
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Have always been interested in King James I of England (James VI of Scotland) and DePoy is an involving writer. The plot is that of influencing some of the Cambridge translators of the Bible to reflect either Protestant or Catholic thought, which leads to murder and conspiracy. The lead character, Brother Timon, is fictional, the translators did live.
Depoy leads us thru the plots very successfully and to some resolution. Read the King James Bible to see how the two points of view are put forth.
Linda Sheean
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana deLatour on July 24, 2009
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The King James Conspiracy is a brilliantly written historical thriller. Richly drawn characters along with fascinating details of life at that place and time draw you in and make you feel you are there. The fast-moving book keeps you on your toes. Most importantly to me, I learned so much from this book. The author shares his vast knowledge on everything from Shakespeare to the Bible. I highly recommend this book and look forward to many more from this author.
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