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A Discovering Diamonds Review of Men of Bone David Penny


England

“1501:
London, England. Can a person flip his again on all hope to guard these he loves?
Returning to an England now alien to him Thomas Berrington falls foul of a
thieves’ guild. In his efforts to guard a stranger he turns into their goal.
When the bonemen come to inflict punishment he has no selection however to kill one of
their order. Fleeing London within the firm of Arthur, Prince of Wales, inheritor to
the English throne, Thomas believes he has escaped retribution for his actions.
But it’s a mistake that will get him and his companions killed. Sent to England
by the Spanish Queen to observe over Catherine of Aragon on her marriage to
Arthur, Thomas intends the responsibility to be short-lived. But he hasn’t reckoned on
the bonemen, who’re spreading their affect ever wider. As hazard mounts,
Thomas is not positive he’s the person for the duty however has no choice however to
combat, as he at all times has. For the harmless, for justice, and for his life. Politics
and crime collide in Tudor England in a brand new collection of adventures for Thomas
Berrington. Join him on his newest journey in Men of Bone now.”

This is
the primary I’ve learn of writer David Penny, and apparently Men Of Bone
is the primary in a brand new collection which continues on from a earlier
journey/thriller collection about the identical characters, and particularly the
protagonist, sixty-year-old Thomas
Berrington.

The guide is about at
the time of Catherine of Aragon’s betrothal and marriage to Henry VII’s eldest
son, Arthur 
 I loved his inclusion – and it was a pleasant change to have a Tudor story that
was not Henry VIII or Anne Boleyn!

It was
apparent from the primary chapter that this was a continuation of a earlier
collection, because the narrative all through included fairly just a few references to Berrington’s
backstory of his formative years in England, and his subsequent adventures in Spain
serving Queen Isabella. On the entire this backstory component didn’t hinder this
current story: there have been sufficient details to know Berrington’s previous and
subsequently his current involvement with each the Tudor and Spanish courts, however
some of the references have been a bit tedious as they have been usually repeated however not
absolutely defined. No spoilers, however his relationship with the Spanish Queen and
the princess Catherine, as an illustration. Would somebody like Berrington actually
be so near each of them? But then, as I’ve not learn the earlier books, I
can not say – though I did really feel this was, perhaps, a bit far-fetched. As additionally was
Berrington’s combating capacity. For a sixty-year-old man he was remarkably match
and agile, even after a extreme beating by his enemies, however then, this is
fiction.

I’m not
positive that this qualifies as a thriller as such – I realised no less than one ‘baddie’
proper from the beginning (perhaps the red-herrings weren’t properly sufficient hidden?) 
 however
the plot was fascinating and the characters have been intriguing. The element and outline of
Tudor England was properly researched and written. There was some violence and a rape – an space the place I did really feel the sufferer’s later response was too calm, too accepting of what had occurred. (And was a rape even needed for the plot?) Perhaps, although, her
violation shall be explored extra within the subsequent guide?

There
have been just a few typos within the e-book version I learn, and Aunt Joan became Aunt
Jean then again once more, plus I noticed just a few continuity errors, nevertheless, none of
these detracted from the story.

So, a
good romp value studying, set in a distinct Tudor interval to the norm, with
participating characters and no should be conversant in the unique collection. Readers
of Berrington’s previous will notably take pleasure in catching up together with his
household and his ‘present’ adventures.

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