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REVIEW! Nothing Left Sacred by Daniel Diehl
Posted by The Literary Melting Pot in Reviews on January 15, 2015
Nothing Left Sacred takes the reader on a twisting, panic-filled journey through the secretive corridors of power surrounding Henry VIII and the glittering Tudor court. This taught political thriller carries us from the grandeur of the royal palaces to the seldom-glimpsed resistance network that rose in opposition to Henry’s radical religious reforms which would create the Church of England.
When the mounting panic created by the King’s emotional instability combines with the twisted machinations of a corrupt justice system, they collide head-on with the leaders of England’s fantastically wealthy, yet tragically naïve, monastic community. The struggle between these opposing forces creates an atmosphere of claustrophobia and dark political paranoia not found in an historical novel since Umberto Ecco’s ‘The Name of the Rose’.
I’ve read a couple of novels by this author, and his writing skills are extremely versatile. The story is detailed expertly, the plot is extremely captivating, and the characters are perfectly written. After years of reading Tudor novels, the complexity of this novel sets it apart from the rest. While some may find the little things cause a lag in the story line, I find them fascinating! I appreciate the small details that may make or break a character for me, and Diehl leaves no stone unturned. I simply love his work!
Lovers of Henry VIII and the Tudor Court, as well as those interested in Historical Fiction involving religious/civil unrest will love this!
ABOUT THIS LITERARY CHEF
Daniel Diehl is an author, writer, and investigative historian with thirty years experience in his field. For nearly twenty years Diehl has been involved in writing for publication and documentary television production.
Diehl’s work has won awards from the Houston (Texas) Film Festival, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (US) and the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Arts Foundation. Working alone and as a part of the multi-award winning team of Daniel Diehl and Mark Donnelly, Diehl has produced work in two main categories; trade publication and television documentary scripts. His canon of work includes eighteen non-fiction books (which have been translated into nine foreign languages) and scripts for more than one hundred and seventy hours of documentary television primarily for A&E Network, The History Channel, History International and Discovery Network.