Shakespeare’s Rebel

SHAKESPEARE'S REBEL 3bFIGHT NIGHT!

Click HERE to read the tale of this extraordinary evening!

Breaking News! Here’s the first National Press review, in the UK’s Daily Express:

http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/books/387881/Book-Review-Shakespeare-s-Rebel-by-CC-Humphreys

Particularly like (‘cos I’m a Bard nut!):

“Especially powerful is the portrayal of Shakespeare as a real man, one who can bewitch the masses with his Hamlet yet cannot contain his sorrow for his own dead son.

Here’s the cover :

Now available in the UK in March 2013,  Canada June 2013 and the US… to be determined! But it has just been bought by my great publishers, Sourcebooks.

And the tale? Its only about William Shakespeare’s Fight Choreographer!

And another review: from the estimable Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novels Society on ‘Goodreads':

“This is a spectacularly good historical novel. Lewd, debauched and pungent on the one hand, but genuinely romantic, honourable and deeply felt on the other.”

London 1599, a city on the brink of revolution…

He is Queen Elizabeth’s last, perhaps her greatest, love – Robert Deveraux, Earl of Essex. Champion jouster, dashing general…and the man that John Lawley, England’s finest swordsman, most wishes to avoid. For John knows the other earl – the reckless melancholic – and has had to risk his life for him in battle one time too many.

All John wants is to be left alone to win back the heart of the woman he loves, be the kind of father that his son can look up to, and arrange the fight scenes for the magnificent new theatre, the Globe. To realise these dreams, John must dodge both Essex and his ruthless adversary for the queen’s affections, Robert Cecil, and remain free to help his oldest friend Will Shakespeare finish the play that threatens to destroy him: THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET.

But John is doomed by his three devils: whisky, women and Mad Robbie Deveraux. Despite every effort to evade the clutches of Elizabeth and her cohorts, John is soon enmeshed in the intrigues of court and dragged into the seemingly hopeless war in Ireland, forced to play his part in a deadly game of power and politics, conspiracy and rebellion.

From the scaffold of the Globe to the one in the Tower. From ambush in Ireland to even greater menace in Whitehall, John Lawley must strive to be – or not to be – the man who might just save England.

To preorder:

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.ca

14 Responses to Shakespeare’s Rebel

  1. Sounds good. Is an audio version likely at all?

  2. glenn@weathergauge.org says:

    In all you book stores, that have your new novel, you omitted Goldsboro, my favourite and where I just purchased your newest novel.

  3. Rosemary Maher says:

    I have just finished Shakespears Rebel and I feel as though I have experienced Elizabethen
    London in 3D!
    As a Shakespeare fiend and and as someone who earned their living performing his works, not
    to mention being being a Tudor history buff I cannot praise this novel too highly!
    Not only is the storyline enthralling but the attention to so much detail of so many aspects of the
    period left me full of admiration for his skill in weaving together known historical facts and producing such a ripping yarn.
    I didn’t want it to finish!
    I shall now seek out C.C. Humphries other books as I feel I have found an author I want to read
    again and again.

    • Rosemary, thanks so much for this. I wonder if you’d consider putting it up on Amazon and/or Goodreads as a review? It thrills me when someone who knows her stuff obviously just gets the book. Always makes my morning!

      • Rosemary Maher says:

        Hi Chris happy to !
        I don’t have an account with Amazon so they would not accept it
        However my husband does so look under Sprocket and you should see the review.
        He couldn’t resist tidying up my grammer and spelling!
        He is a writer too.
        Cheers Rosemary

  4. I do have an amazon account and will post on it today!!!

  5. Pamela says:

    Just finished this wonderful book, which charted the often exasperating choices of its hero through the world of Elizabethan London. I loved the descriptions of Bankside, I used to spend many an hour wandering those streets when I was a volunteer at the old globe Museum, and watched the first timber been driven n for the 20th century Globe. The story compelled me onto finish it in just a couple of days and despite the several hints I was left surprised and warmed by the conclusion.

  6. Darlene says:

    Hi Chris, Wanted to say the Shakespeare’s Rebel book launch was easily the best launch I have ever attended. I loved watching your expressions as you listened to others say their lines and read your book aloud. Your enthusiasm for all things Bard is awesome and you’re a pretty good swordsman too. 2 things I learned: Most people would last about 15 seconds in a sword fight; and story time at your house must be amazing. Shakespeare’s Rebel is a staff pick at Book Warehouse. Hope we can help you sell a lot of copies.

  7. Colleen says:

    “Absolutely” loved it. Huge fan; the era, the adventure, the humour. Have not read the Absolute series, but after this novel, I certainly will!! Have read and relished the French Executioner series (highly recommend reading those as well either before or after Shakespeare’s Rebel) and Vlad. Thanks for keeping this east coast Canadian entertained!!

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