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The King's Gambit (SPQR) [Audio CD]

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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433227525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433227523
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 14 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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93 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling addition to the genre. 4 Feb 2002
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Kings Gambit is the first novel in the SPQR series of books. Set in Republican Rome 70 BC the books hero, Decius Caecilius Metelius is a typical junior civil servant, idealistic & niave who is soon out of his depth when investigating a series of murders, which lead him to meet several of the key power players of the age like Ceasar, Pompey, Clodius and Cicero. The book bravely settles for a realistic end rather which reflects the politics of the time rather than the hero conquers all.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another in the SPQR Series 10 Mar 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
John Maddox Roberts is the pseudonym of Mark Ramsay, author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy, in addition to his successful historical SPQR mystery series. He lives in New Mexico with his wife.

Anyone who is a fan of Lindsey Davis, Steven Saylor or David Wishart will love the SPQR series of books by the author. Once again we have an addition to the ever growing number of amateur detectives patrolling the streets of ancient Rome, solving mysteries and crimes. Not all at the same time, I may add, in fact not even in the same centuries. Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger, a high-born bad boy, is the offering of the author and he is just as interesting, likeable and believable as the leading characters from the author's contemporaries.

The city of Rome is at its lowest ebb for many years. The streets of the city are filled with violence and the vicious gangs are preying on high and low born alike. When a lowly ex-slave is found garrotted and a foreign merchant is disembowelled in the Suburbs district of the city it would normally be of little consequence and quickly forgotten or pushed aside by the powers that be.

But Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger, the commander of the local vigils station has other ideas and is determined to investigate the matter. Coming from high born stock Metellus has some contacts who may be able to help in the matter, but as he digs deeper he uncovers a festering sore of bribes, threats and corruption, right up to the highest levels of Roman government.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This novel is set in Ancient Rome, at the time where the Republic was in decline. Gaius Julius Caesar was still a nobody - a very ambitious one but not yet considered a serious player.

The protagonist is a very junior member of the powerful Caecilius Metellus family. He has a government job of minor importance which involves dealing with crimes. As we learn from the book, murders were not considered such a big deal back then (arson was considered far more heinous), and murderers were rarely discovered and prosecuted. The protagonist Decius, though, turns out to have a unique talent at (as well as interest in) just that. For example, by a flash of inspiration, he lets a physician examine a dead body, hoping that he might be able to tell something about the way the victim was murdered - an idea unheard of in Rome until then.
At first, his investigation is just a routine. Soon, though, the protagonist uncovers something very big and nasty - in fact, something of national importance and larger than he can handle.

What makes this book an extraordinary delight to read, are the extremely life-like, credible characters. It is also interesting to see methods of criminal investigation that are completely different from what we are used to. Rome had a fascinating political system and an almost-rule of law at the time most of the humanity had just recently descended from the trees.

Unfortunately, the plot could be much better. The protagonist keeps acting very irrationally. He learns that something very bad is going to happen, but he succeeds in thwarting it by sending a message to a person in a key position.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A better Caecilius! 14 July 2013
This is quite an enjoyable romp through Rome of the Late Republic in the company of our hero, Decius Caecilius Metellus. He's a junior magistrate, put in the position of investigating officer (as it were) when a couple of murders, an arson attack and a break-in trace a line to conspiracy and treason.

Metellus is a less engaging character than Steven Saylor's Gordianus, but it's early days yet; furthermore, his status as a young career politian in the early stages of his own progression along the cursus honorum provides access to the big players beyond Cicero (Crassus, Pompey, Caesar) whom Gordianus must observe from sligtly further afar.

Research is not always worn as lightly as it might be, but on the plus side, an unusual and welcome prominence for Milo, in the Dr Watson role.

For what it's worth, the murderer is easily guessed, but the conspiracy behind it is, I think, at least possibly (if not probably) true!
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