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The Gold of Tolosa [Kindle Edition]

Philip Matyszak
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Meet Lucius Panderius, war hero, connoisseur of fine wines and Germanic prostitutes - and the perpetrator of the biggest gold theft in history. This first novel by well-known writer and historian Philip Matyszak takes us from the mean streets of Rome to the even meaner streets of Gallic Tolosa in a journey filled with ambush, intrigue, battle and double-cross.

In 105 BC Rome is faced with extinction, both from a huge army of invading barbarians and by a dark curse that has been festering for generations. It falls to Lucius Panderius to avert both threats, and incidentally to make himself richer than Croesus. Though fiction, the Gold of Tolosa is historically accurate and explains how enough loot to recapitalize a third-world economy was taken in a theft that really did happen.

Whether Lucius is crossing swords with barbarian warriors or Roman magistrates, the pace is never less than frantic, and ancient Rome has never been more fun ...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Monashee Mountain Publishing (11 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F5745PE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #507,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious historical romp 20 Oct. 2013
By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER
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With this little novel (his first to be published), historian Philip Matyszak tries his hand at historical fiction. The action takes in 105 BC, as the Germanic Cimbri and the Teutones migrate from the north in their tens of thousands and approach once more the borders of Italy. The hero is one Lucius Panderius, an ex-military tribune who has served in Africa during the war against Jugurtha, and who is the proud owner of one of the most posh brothels in Rome when the story begins, in addition to being one of Sulla's clients.

The story evolve around the "Gold of Tolosa", the huge stock of plunder that the Tectosages, a Gallic tribe that settled around Tolosa (modern Toulouse, in France), had brought with them after plundering Greece in 279 BC (and the temples in Delphi in particular). This treasure was stolen and it has never been elucidated exactly what happened or who did the deed. Quintus Servilius Caepio, the proconsul commanding the Roman army that attacked Tolosa, was accused of being the culprit. Only the silver (in itself a huge amount) reaching Rome whereas the convoy with the gold was waylaid and vanished. He then took part in the battle of Arausio against the Germanic tribes where his conduct was partly responsible of the disaster.

The point here is that, for those who like their novels that way, the basis of the story is historically accurate. The first part of the book, which takes place in Rome, allows the author to give his readers more than a glimpse of the (often squalid) living conditions in the great city. You also get glimpses of the sharply divided and unequal society in Italy, with the plebeians, the aristocratic senatorial families, and the Italians.
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The perfect gift for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
As an avid reader of all Maty's excellent factual works, this his first fictional foray I am happy to say is of the usual high standard that I have come to expect of him. The narrative is fast paced, his characterizations three dimensional laced with witty dry humour throughout, the latter in no way detracts from the exciting and intriguing story-line,
As usual the authors historical knowledge comes shining through with consummate research, the fictional account based on true facts.

Lucius Panderius, a veteran Tribune and intelligence officer of the Jugurthan wars (Libya) , is now the happy owner of a high class brothel in Rome. Unbeknown to him he will shortly be forced into a maelstrom of daring do and intrigue where all his considerable talents will be put to the test.

The perfect companion to this excellent work is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE beaker, the author himself is the proud owner of one. This is what he has to say:
! THE DETAIL ON THE PANELS IS EXQUISITE. THE OVERALL EFFECT IS BOTH HANDSOME AND IMPRESSIVE. OVERALL, THIS BEAKER HAS PROVEN TO BE BOTH A HIGHLY PRACTICAL DRINKING VESSEL AND AN ORNAMENT TO WHATEVER SURFACE IT RESTS ON!Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

I will refrain from spoilers, suffice it to say this is one of the best historical novels I have read for a long time, easily on a par with the foremost contemporary leading novelists such as Simon Scarrow, Harry Sidebottom, and Robert Fabbri.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As to the contents: 4 stars. Of course ... 29 Sept. 2014
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As to the contents: 4 stars. Of course, it is well documented, but there is a difference between writing fiction and non-fiction, so I think that he should have skipped most (if not all) of the footnotes. I have myself made a literary translation of some of Erasmus's works, intended for a wider public, so I now the dilemma of the scholar and the author/translator!
On the other hand: I have never come across a book with so many typos in it!!! Appalling: Matyszak should have read his proofs more carefully and the responsible editor should have done so too. I even thought of contacting the publisher and suggest that I return my corrected copy in exchange for a new book, so that if there ever is a second edition, they could correct it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking read! 27 Nov. 2013
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Good fun. The story moves on at a fast pace and is set in an historically accurate context with the added benefit of interesting footnotes about roman life and culture at the time.
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