Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Elizabeth Tudor Conspiracy (The Marquess House Trilogy #2)

The Elizabeth Tudor Conspiracy is the second book in the Marquess House trilogy by Alexandra Walsh. Released 2nd June 2019 by Sapere, it's 475 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats.

This is a dual time line historical thriller with a parallel narrative. The plots intertwine between 1557-1586 and 2018. The stories are well labeled and aren't confusing to keep track of. The writing is consistent and the additional historical details are interesting. I'm a huge fan of the period, so it was exciting to see the stories intertwine with historical occurrences resonating profoundly down to the present day.

In some ways it reminded me a lot of The Da Vinci Code. Shadowy conspiracy history thugs, and a lone academic (with sidekicks) foiling all their nefarious plans. I have to admit that I really did enjoy the book most when I just silenced my suspension of disbelief's annoying whine and tossed it into to the closet. For readers who are looking for meticulous verisimilitude and realistic plot devices, this one might not fit the bill. On the other hand, for readers who (even secretly) love Dan Brown, and movies like National Treasure (with a dash of Indiana Jones on the side), this one could be a good selection.

For Kindle Unlimited subscribers; this title is available in the KU subscription to borrow and download for free. It's also worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

It was a bit too 'Mission Impossible' for me personally, but I've no doubt it'll be turned into an expensive movie soon. Three stars for me personally, four+ stars for fans of the historical thriller in the Dan Brown mold.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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