This is the first in a new series of historical thrillers by Michael Jecks, whose previous books were set in the medieval period, and featured Sir Baldwin Furnshill, a former Knight Templar. The events of 1554 he writes about in this book did take place, and some of the characters did exist, and took part in Wyatt's Rebellion.
The book is an enjoyable read, and the suspense is constant and unrelenting. Just as Jack thinks that things can't get any worse, they get worse, which kept me reading. He is a likeable, resourceful character, even if he is a thief, and his all-too-human avoidance of being involved in warfare and fighting rings true. Jecks has obviously researched the period - not just the events that were played out at the beginning of 1554, but also its slang and now archaic words, which brings an added enjoyment to reading the book. The other characters are skilfully drawn, and the outcome of the book - who it was who actually stabbed the man in the tavern yard, comes as a surprise while at the same time being inevitable.