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La Venere di Salò by Ben Pastor
La Venere di Salò by Ben Pastor
I absolutely love all of Ben Pastor's books, which is why I have gone to the trouble of reading them in Italian. The irony is that she--yes, Ben (for Verbena) is a woman, writes in English and someone else translates her books into Italian. Only three so far are available in English, "Lumen," "Liar Moon," and "A River of Blood." Unfortunately the publisher didn't seem to think we English speakers would understand the wonderful Continental title of the third book: "Kaputt Mundi," a great pun in German and Latin.

This book follows the fall of Rome to the Allies, which took place in "A River of Blood." Mussolini's government,… Read more
Rome's Executioner (Vespasian 2) by Robert Fabbri
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4.0 out of 5 stars The tension mounts, 23 May 2012
I bought the first book in this series on something of a whim. An historical novel about the young Vespasian, hmm? It turned out to be mostly a fast moving and exciting adventure story, although we were introduced to Antonia, Antony's daughter, a member of the imperial family, and thus involved in its politics and conspiracies for power. Volume two begins a few years later, with Vespasian a bored young military tribune on the Moesian frontier. His brother Sabinus arrives, Antonia's messenger. She wishes the two to kidnap a barbarian priest guilty of conspiring with the malignant praetorian prefect, Sejanus, to raise the tribes just outside the border to warfare against the empire… Read more
Sharpe's Peril [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Sean Bean
Sharpe's Peril [DVD] DVD ~ Sean Bean
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe Rides Again, 31 May 2010
I was lucky that my computer can view DVDs in formats for both Region 1 (where I live) and Region 2. It was really great to see Sharpe still in fine form. I also enjoyed the exciting story and its Indian setting, That said, I have a few gripes about the production.

Sharpe appears at a general's ball in uniform, but unshaven and seemingly without even combing his hair. Come on!

Also, when Sharpe and the young lady are traveling to meet her fiancee, riding under the hot Indian sun, no one wears a hat to protect themselves. I live in the southern Arizona desert, and believe me that is asking for sunstroke. Additionally, ladies of the period were very protective of… Read more

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