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Posted October 26, 2011
Fire burns from page one to the end of this novel which exposes the real story behind the famous author, whose pen name was Shakespeare. Dan Walker has captured the excitement of the times--a GREAT read. I wanted to start reading another book by Walker right away.
Unexpected twists and turns make you jump in your chair and gasp. Set in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, victims of the cruel and conniving masters who dominate the Queen's Court draw us into their world as they try to carve a refuge for themselves even as spies peer through the peep holes. It is hard to leave this story once you step into the exotic world of evil that surrounds the Court and suppresses the brilliant playwrite whose gift includes timeless plays that portray human nature, then and now. As always, love and evil are woven through the intrigue--can love win this struggle?
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Posted October 28, 2011
I cannot recommend this romantic read too highly for these who find most of the Shakespeare authorship books too academic. If you're looking for something to take to the beach, give this new novel a nook.
Walker came up with the idea of making the Dark Lady of the Sonnets his narrator, and he's wrapped his entire story around this strong and beguiling female character. It's a new approach, one that makes for a very refreshing twist on the usual testosterone-fueled intrigues of Elizabeth's Court.
Best of all, if you're looking for an easily digested, entertaining overview of the authorship debate, Walker's done the work for you. His research into both this Golden Era and the authorship issues is deep and compelling. His treatment of Marlowe alone is worth the price of admission.
In sum, Dan presents a fun and credible, not to mention delicious, take on the authorship riddle without resorting to the debunked double incest extremes of Roland Emmerich's movie (which will win Oscars, just not in the History category).