The Semper Sonnet
by Seth Margolis
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
eBook & Paperback; 374 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery/Thriller
In this stunning thrill ride, perfect for fans of Dan Brown and Steve Berry, a long-lost manuscript, written for Elizabeth I, holds the key to unlocking the past—and to eliminating the future.
Lee Nicholson is ready to take the academic world by storm, having discovered a sonnet she believes was written by William Shakespeare. When she reads the poem on the air, the words put her life in peril and trigger a violent chase, with stakes that reach far beyond the cloistered walls of academia.
Buried in the language of the sonnet, in its allusions and wordplay, are secrets that have been hidden since Elizabethan times, secrets known only to the queen and her trusted doctor, but guessed at by men who seek the crown and others who seek the world. If the riddles are solved, it could explode what the world knows of the great Elizabeth I. And it could release a pandemic more deadly than the world has ever imagined.
Lee’s quest for the answers buried in the sonnet keeps her one step ahead of an international hunt—from the police who want her for murder, to a group of men who will stop at nothing to end her quest, to a madman who pursues the answers for destructive reasons of his own.
As this intelligent thriller moves back and forth between Tudor England and the present day, Lee begins to piece together the meaning behind Shakespeare’s words, carrying the story to its gasp-out-loud conclusion.
The Semper Sonnet is a new compelling thriller by Seth Margolis. It is captivating from beginning to the end. There is no slowing down when reading this book. The characters are strong and bring the story to life. I’m a big fan of Dan Brown and I found The Semper Sonnet to be very much in the same vein. I will say it will be very difficult to write a review without spilling any spoilers; however, I will do my best not to give anything away.
Mr. Margolis has brought Elizabethan England back to life in the 21st Century. His theories of Elizabeth I are very interesting and thought-provoking. As a person with a history degree and studied that time period, I found his storyline very entertaining and (almost) believable. He was able to create a conspiracy theory about Elizabeth I that will make your mind start spinning and wondering: Could this be true?
Lee Nicholson is the perfect character for this wild chase for knowledge and redemption. She is strong and independent; almost to a fault. I appreciated that Mr. Margolis did not focus on a romantic relationship for Lee. Her intelligence and her ability to persevere were the main tenants of her story. She accepted help but really didn’t need it. She is a true scholar with an independent mind and heart.
If you love Elizabethan history, conspiracy theories, and a fast-paced story line, you will love this book. Overall, The Semper Sonnet is fun and entertaining. At time, some of the story line seemed not very believable. However, as a whole, the book really works and the unbelievable parts will melt away.
“Imaginative plotting and depth of character distinguish this centuries-spanning thriller…”—Publishers Weekly
“The Semper Sonnet is a wildly imaginative thriller that fans of Dan Brown and Steve Berry will love.”—Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author
“This provocative and knuckle-biting thriller will have you on the edge of your seat as it careens through the hallowed halls of academia into the turbulent past. Hold tight to your farthingales: this is a roller-coaster ride of a book!”—C.W. Gortner, international bestselling author of The Last Queen
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About the Author
Seth Margolis is a writer whose most recent novel, THE SEMPER SONNET, was published on April 19. He is the author of six earlier novels, including LOSING ISAIAH, which was made into a film starring Halle Berry and Jessica Lange.
Seth lives with his wife, Carole, in New York City. They have two grown children, Maggie and Jack. Seth received a BA in English from the University of Rochester and an MBA in marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business Administration. When not writing fiction, he is a branding consultant for a wide range of companies, primarily in the financial services, technology and pharmaceutical industries. He has written articles for the New York Times and other publications on travel and entertainment.
For more information, please visit Seth Margolis’ website. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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