'License to Quill' - The Reviews
"AN ERUDITE TOUR DE FORCE"
Della Quercia turns the Gunpowder Plot into a stage for Will Shakespeare to assume the role of a 17th-century James Bond. . . . The narrative is dotted with footnotes identifying historical gems - for example, the way Venice was a refuge for Europe's persecuted Jews. But it's the characters, real and imagined, who race into memory - Will, wily and loyal; Marlowe, courageous and hedonistic; Bianca, the Dark Lady, peasant-born Jewish converso-turned-nun, then spy and assassin, then Shakespeare's lover. . . . Add bull-baiting, human sacrifice, gruesome executions, and an epic London street battle, and what results is an erudite tour de force.
- Kirkus Reviews
"Macbeth has never been written better"
Using tons of research, the author writes a wonderful book. In fact, “Macbeth” has never been written better, and Shakespeare has never been portrayed like this. . . . a real blast!
- Mary Lignor, Suspense Magazine
"Intriguing... thrilling... highly entertaining"
In approaching the time period in the style of a modern spy thriller, Quercia brilliantly animates and explains the figures and events that occurred hundreds of years ago. . . . License to Quill is a highly entertaining spy thriller, complete with vivid characterization and creative depictions of a significant and infamous chapter in European history.
- The Cornell Daily Sun, Cornell University
"a 17th-Century James Bond"
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"REVEL IN THIS ROLLER COASTER RIDE"
STEAMPUNK FANS, AS WELL AS READERS WHO ENJOY THEIR THRILLERS HEAVILY DOSED WITH HUMOR, WILL REVEL IN THIS ROLLERCOASTER RIDE. . . . A WILD ADVENTURE THAT INVOLVES A KILLER AUTOMATON, TEDDY ROOSEVELT'S AMBITIONS FOR A THIRD TERM, AND A DANGEROUS MISSION INTO THE NEW HAVEN TOMB OF THE NOTORIOUS YALE SECRET SOCIETY, SKULL & BONES.
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Devious alt-history slams head-on into steampunk action in The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy. High concept and high adventure collide in a dizzying and thoroughly riveting story.
- Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of CODE ZERO
"A cleverly composed and daring steampunk adventure"