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The Marlowe Conspiracy: A Novel Paperback – November 21, 2010
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"A delightful romp... Both Marlowe and Shakespeare are fully realized, very likable characters... Scarsbrook does a masterful job of describing an England on the verge of the seventeenth century." -- Historical Novel Review
"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
About the Author
Matthew Graham Scarsbrook is a prize-winning screenwriter and novelist. He recently adapted THE MARLOWE CONSPIRACY into a screenplay and won the nationwide Writers On The Storm Screenwriting Contest, placing first out of 1000 entries. He is also the author of the historical suspense novel POISON IN THE BLOOD: The Memoirs of Lucrezia Borgia. Matthew currently lives in South Gloucestershire, UK and is now at work on a new detective series.
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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.
Each time it has failed to capture my attention.
I'm not entirely sure what the issue is. The concept, characters, and setting SHOULD be interesting, but somehow, in this case, they are not. Something drags on the story, and I suspect that it is the pacing. For a conspiracy in which lives are at stake, the story seems plodding, with too much description and not enough movement. I hate not finishing books, but I think I'm giving up on this one.