A peak behind the curtain of Elizabethan England, the Catholic conspiracy to overthrow her, and the House of Stewart waiting in the wings. Throw in a...moreA peak behind the curtain of Elizabethan England, the Catholic conspiracy to overthrow her, and the House of Stewart waiting in the wings. Throw in a few bizzare murders of young beautiful courtiers and you have the basic idea of Prophecy. via amazon.com
I thoroughly enjoyed S J Parris' first novel, Heresy, likening it to a Tudor Inspector Morse tale, and was delighted to be offered the chance to review a pre-publication copy of this second story starring the same protagonists.
In this story the heretical monk, Giordano Bruno, is back at the French Embassy in Elizabethan London, where he is drawn rapidly into both a catholic conspiracy to invade England, and a related murder mystery when two of the queen's ladies in waiting meet very sticky ends.
The style is very similar to the first book, with Bruno trying to both uncover the truths about the murders, and navigate complex relationships with the other characters. The tale is again told in the first person, but here it makes a bit more sense as you get to understand Bruno's concerns, guilt and frustrations, and the motivation for some of his deeds.
I loved the period detail, particularly the descriptions of Elizabethan versions of well-known London locations. In this book Parris also makes much more use of actual events and personalities, such as Francis Walsingham, William Cecil and John Dee. I could almost hear some of the dialogue being spoken by Geoffrey Rush and Richard Attenborough.
The story is a real page-turner with a steady pace which kept my attention right to the end. However, if I have a slight criticism, it's that some plot twists, such as the murderer's identity, seemed to be signaled very early, while at other times key actions were taken by characters who had not been introduced.
These are minor failings, and overall this is a very enjoyable romp. I look forwards to Bruno's next outing. (less)
Dennis Rainey does a great job of asking men to step up...from wherever they are now to the next step on their journey through manhood. Some of us nee...moreDennis Rainey does a great job of asking men to step up...from wherever they are now to the next step on their journey through manhood. Some of us need to know Christ. Some of us know Christ but have never gotten serious about knowing his Word and applying it to out lives. Still others have done that but never imparted the knowledge to their own wife or family. Some have mentored and discipled their families and need to reach out to someone without a dad. This is not a 5 steps to something kind of book. rather it is a call to boys to become young men, young men to become full grown men, men to become mentors, and mentors to become patriarchs. The numbers on not doing this are plain. Today 30 million kids are floundering without a dad or man of any kind in their life. Mr Rainey asks, "What are you gonna do about it?"(less)
Who we are in Jesus, for real. Radically reconnecting with God, through the work of the Holy Spirit, giving us (literally) the mind of Christ. Why do...moreWho we are in Jesus, for real. Radically reconnecting with God, through the work of the Holy Spirit, giving us (literally) the mind of Christ. Why do we get what we want, an then not want it? Why are we so into much, more, many, most? Why is enough never enough? Where do addiction and mental illness fall in the realm of faith? Thank God, that Jesus did not come to save only the soul of man, but to also cleanse him here and now, and empowering us to do good work for his glory. In this groundbreaking work Anderson explores (at least in part) how the Holy Spirit works in and through us, to redeem, renew, and restore our connection to the very mind of God.(less)