Richard Blake

“Fascinating to read, very well written, an intriguing plot
 and I enjoyed it very much.” 
(Derek Jacobi, star of I Claudius and Gladiator)

“Vivid characters, devious plotting and buckets of gore are enhanced
by his unfamiliar choice of period. Nasty, fun and educational.”
 (The Daily Telegraph)

“He knows how to deliver a fast-paced story and his grasp
of the period is impressively detailed.”
 (The Mail on Sunday)

“A rollicking and raunchy read . . . Anyone who enjoys their history
with large dollops of action, sex, intrigue and, above all, fun
will absolutely love this novel.”
 (Historical Novels)

“As always, [his] plotting is as brilliantly devious as the mind
of his sardonic and very earthy hero. This is a story of villainy
that reels you in  from its prosaic opening through a series of
death-defying thrills and spills.” 
(The Lancashire Evening Post)

“It would be hard to over-praise this extraordinary series, 
a near-perfect blend of historical detail and atmosphere 
with the plot of a conspiracy thriller, vivid characters, 
high philosophy and vulgar comedy.”
 (The Morning Star)