A Plague on Both Your Houses (Oliver Wade #3), by David Field

Eight stars

Reaching for the latest piece by David Field, I was taken back to post-Elizabethan England, where Oliver Wade finds himself in yet another adventure. James I is the new King of England, seeking to rid the country of any Catholic remnants. While many embrace this, there is a core who remain put out by those who would seek to dilute the ‘true faith’. As whispers grow, Oliver Wade is asked by Robert Cecil, the king’s Head of Government, to uncover any plots and report back. Under the guise of a travelling dramatic troupe, Wade and his group discover that a terror plot exists, whereby the House of Lords will be blown up during the State Opening of Parliament, when James I is to be in attendance. With Guido ‘Guy’ Fawkes in charge of the explosives, Wade learns the intricacies of the plot, which includes a major act that is sure to kill all those close to the act of terror. Armed with news that could save the king and keep a Catholic monarchs from ascending to the throne, Wade must decide if it is worth his interference, as he is happy remaining out of the limelight. England could forever change as both religious groups vie for power. A wonderful piece of historical fiction that is sure to entertain. Recommended for those who love pieces from times long past, as well as the reader who is familiar and enjoys the work of David Field.

I have always found something interesting in the work of David Field, as he entertains and educates in equal measure. This story, purported to be the final the Oliver Wade series, offers the reader some of the most exciting plots yet. Filled with history and an England on the brink of change, the reader can see how the country remained shaky in this post-Tudor era. Oliver Wade remains an interesting, if quiet, protagonist. Enjoying his life writing plays and entertaining an audience, he seems always to be pulled into the middle of something special. His unassuming character sees him be the confidant of many, which makes his spy work all the more effective. Others find their place in this story and keep the plot on point, as the action heats up. England is on the brink of major upheaval and both sides are ready to claim victory. The story that Field shares is both historically on point and full of wonderful fictional shades, which keeps the reader enthralled as they make their way through this short piece. One can only hope that Field will have more to write about years past, filled with aspects of fact and a peppering of fiction.

Kudos, Mr. Field, for another winner. I can only hope others find these stories as interesting while learning about important times in English history.

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