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Rubies of the Viper Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Martha Marks earned her Ph.D. in Spanish literature and linguistics at Northwestern University and subsequently served on the faculties of Northwestern University and Kalamazoo College. She enjoyed studying and teaching the novels, plays, and poetry of great Spanish and Latin American authors, and she believes that Rubies of the Viper is a better novel because of her in-depth exposure to their work. Please visit Martha's website: marthamarks.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 520 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0979519349
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001VNCB34
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Martha Marks earned her Ph.D. in Spanish literature and linguistics at Northwestern University (Illinois, United States) and served on the faculties of Northwestern University and Kalamazoo College. She enjoyed studying and teaching the novels, plays, and poetry of great Spanish and Latin-American writers, and she believes that RUBIES OF THE VIPER is a better novel because of her in-depth exposure to their work.

Please visit her blog -- http://thepurpleparchment.com/ -- for a free map of places mentioned in RUBIES OF THE VIPER and additional information about the people, places, and culture in it.

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This proved to be an unputdownable book. Some critics have said it seems improbable that a young Roman woman would inherit a rich estate but nothing whatsoever is improbable in life. There are countless cases of documented historical happenings where strange things occur out of the prevailing norm. The point of an exciting story is that it tells us something new, different and thought-provoking. This story is told in rich detail and knowledge of the period, the characters, both historically real and the imaginary ones are well described, interesting and quirky. I liked Theodosia's independent, almost Amazonian spirit and felt for her as she struggled through her troubles and pain. She showed courage and strength and can be allowed a bit of confusion as to which of her many suitors she really loved best! My one and only difficulty was with the very modern American English of the dialogue. The dialogue in itself was fine and natural for an American!...but we Brits are just a bit snooty this way. However, reason prevailing, why should ancient Romans...who spoke Latin and Greek anyway and had plenty of slang, swear words, colloquialisms of their own ... be rendered into elegant Oxford English? So I turned off my Brit censor and just went with the flow. Martha Marks is a born story teller and this is a book well worth reading.
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Rubies of the Viper is a genuine gem of a mystery set in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Claudius and Nero. It's full of exciting suspense and beautifully developed characters. Marks's rich portrayal of Roman life is delightful and gruesome in turns--just as a good Roman mystery ought to be. We get the grace, the violence and the perversion that was imperial society revealed through a spell-binding tale.

The heroine is a fictional woman named Theodosia Varro, who at the opening of the novel has inherited a vast fortune, including the beautiful villa where she spent her happy childhood--only she hasn't seen the villa in years because she's been stuck in poverty in the Subura, a Roman slum, banished there by a villainous brother. She isn't sad her brother was stabbed through the heart outside a brothel, but she doesn't want to suffer the same fate, and she suspects there's more to her brother's murder than the official line that it was a robbery, especially since he wasn't robbed.

Her brother's close friend Otho warns her to beware the slaves at the villa--they are probably out to murder her. But Theodosia has had an unusual life, and she discovers her slaves are more likely to be her friends than her killers. The sons of the best Roman families want to marry her, although Otho and Vespasian's son, Titus, are her favorite suitors. She's the richest catch around even if she had a Greek mother and displays some decidedly inappropriate behavior for a patrician lady. She's lonely with only slaves for company, but taking a husband means handing over her fortune and her freedom to a man. Does she want to? Otho keeps reminding her she isn't safe without a husband to protect her. And he certainly turns out to be right.
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Rubies of the Viper is a gripping mystery set in first century Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Claudius and Nero. If you're looking for a real page turner - the kind of book that stays in your thoughts the entire day until you can open it up and read again, then this is the book for you. It's got compelling characters who are unpredictable and fascinating; beautiful descriptions to make ancient Rome come alive; plenty of conflict with unpredictable twists and turns; and an incredible storyline.

Theodosia Varro leaves the slums of Rome to claim the vast fortune and a fabulous villa she has inherited from her unscrupulous, villainous brother who was murdered by persons unknown. Young and unmarried, Theodosia soon finds herself the love interest of several men, all eager to get a hold of her vast inheritance. She is warned to beware of slaves, friends, and patrician nobles - all who may have had something to do with her brother's murder. And if her brother is murdered, then she may also become prey for the same reasons. Vulnerable, Theodosia must weave through a murky world filled with scrupulous and unscrupulous persons whose motives are all suspect. The novel's title stems from a beautiful set of goblets in Theodosia's villa that are embossed with a snake with ruby eyes. These goblets hold a great secret.

Rubies of the Viper is a wonderfully complex, opulent story! The plot us lush, the characters intriguing, and the mystery gripping. Get this book! Get it now! It's more than worth it.
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Whether it is due to a natural talent of the author or is the result of hours of re-working, honing & polishing, The Rubies of the Viper, peopled with highly believable scenes and characters, presents an excellent read and several hours of pure escapist enjoyment. Theodosia, the protagonist, forms an immediate rapport with the reader as we share her innermost thoughts, reactions and thoughts as she seeks to unmask her brother's killer, to avoid a similar fate, during a period of the early Roman Empire
It would be difficult to consign this book to one particular genre of reading since it blends elements of the major genres, without detriment or dilution, to form a structured synergy.
An obvious assurance with prose is evident on each page, combined with a sensitive and mature perceptivity. The plot is strong, the exposition of the events is organised and competent, optimally paced for this type of work and the work unfolds without detour.
Although fiction, an obvious dedication to historical actuality, reinforced by a bulwark of intense & competent research, adds that indefinable element of `finesse' to the work. Enthusiastically recommended.
Robert Davidson. The Tuzla Run
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