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The Marlowe Conspiracy: A Novel Paperback – November 21, 2010
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"A colorful tale that cleverly coordinates fact and rumor... The story could very well stand on its own, even without the historical tie-in, as a well-written piece of historical fiction." -- Stimulated Outlet Book Reviews
"This story weaves historic details about the life of playwright Christopher "Kit" Marlowe and his contemporaries into a compelling tale of political intrigue." -- Publishers Weekly
"A lively and entertaining adventure tale... most enjoyable." --The Marlowe Society
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As far as conspiracies go, the standard formula goes something like this: innocent hero finds himself in trouble; innocent hero runs away from trouble; hero and confederates uncover an increasingly messy plot; hero saves the day and lives to tell the tale. Scarsbrook turns this step-by-step process on its head, as the suspected plot is actually more intricate than the real one, and the truth behind the conspiracy is revealed to the reader right from the get-go. In spite of this foreknowledge, the storyline remains intriguing, with surprises and stressful situations that are wholly unexpected. Seemingly unimportant information becomes crucial in later scenes, forcing the reader to pay attention. Also, taking a larger view, parts of the tale coincide quite well with the real Marlowe's Hero and Leander.
The author paints Marlowe as a friendly man with a good sense of humor but a terrible temper. As a spy, he has both physical skill and mental resourcefulness, and both prove vital as the situation around him worsens. In spite of his pride and his occasional bouts of arrogance, he is a likable protagonist who makes you urge him to succeed while shaking your fist at the villainy of his enemies. In fact, Scarsbrook's renderings of both Marlowe and Walsingham are delightfully human, and the changes in their characters interesting to behold.Read more ›
And nobody ever simply walks anywhere....they stride, they saunter, they tromp and trample and stamp and sidle and proceed and pace....someone take away this man's copy of Roget! Or give him a dictionary to go with it...many of these synonyms were used incorrectly. "They paced through the door" sounds awkward, as does "The three of them paced toward him along the street". Not direct quotes; I removed the book from my reader as soon as I had struggled to the end.
Why, then, did I keep reading? I work in the theatre, and the title led me to expect more from the plot than was there. I kept expecting it to go somewhere, but it never did. There IS a "Marlowe wrote Shakespeare's plays" conspiracy theory, but this book skirts around it to an unsatisfying ending.
Don't waste you time on this one.
The premise is very interesting, set during the life of Elizabeth I. Marlowe is a great character, I very much enjoyed reading about him and his activities. Loved his determination to finish his work.
The writing style is easy to read, but I found the end dragging, probably as I didn't care for the resolution. It shows as 7,722 locations, but when you cut out the preview of the author's next book, it's really 6,835 locations. Elizabeth I, well, she just doesn't come off to well in this one.
Still, it's a good read, and I like the author's notes, but I would need a change to the ending as it took me from 4 stars to 3. Not horrible, by any means, but in the end I wasn't blown away.
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A very interesting look at a fascinating character. He was a Playwright, a Poet and a State Spy. A good read.Published 23 months ago by Unclepeacock
I like the writing style; very captivating. The author held his readers spellbound. I will definitely recommend it to friends. I like the genre.Published on February 5, 2014 by Dr. Emmanuel
Simply formidable, I highly recommend it. The plot is smart and enthralling, and the fantasy does seem to lay on sound historic research.Published on November 3, 2012 by Ignacio UY
I have tried to read this novel at least 10 times.
Each time it has failed to capture my attention.
I'm not entirely sure what the issue is. Read more