S. J. Cuthbertson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (128 of 154)
Location: Corbridge, Northumberland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 305,460 - Total Helpful Votes: 128 of 154
Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff
Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I've loved 'Sword at Sunset' ever since I first read it in the 1960s. I've read it many times since and thought I'd buy this new edition to give my rather battered 1963 Hodder & Stoughton copy a rest. I can't improve on the perceptive reviews already posted here but I want to second another reviewer who's remarked on the typos in this edition. It looks as if the text has been scanned from an earlier edition (from Tor or The Chicago Review Press, probably): some words have come out oddly, and there are sentences where words are missed out or wrongly inserted, occasionally to comic effect. There are even typos in two of the chapter headings - and blow me down, if there isn't one in the back… Read more
Rome: The Coming of the King: Rome 2 by M C Scott
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This second in the "Rome" series of novels focuses on our hero Pantera's pursuit of his arch-enemy Saulos, who fled to North Africa after the failure of his plot (recounted in "The Emperor's Spy") to burn Nero's Rome to the ground in fulfilment of a prophecy. Saulos is now about to try another tack: by fomenting war in the semi-autonomous Roman province of Judaea, he plans to bring down the wrath of Rome on the heads of the Jews. Pantera must prevent this at all costs.

M C Scott deftly weaves her fictional plot and characters into events chronicled by the Jewish historian Josephus, who plays no small part in "The Coming of the King". The story, ripe with intrigue, surprising… Read more
Rome: The Emperor's Spy: Rome 1 by M C Scott
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
As a child in the first century AD, Sebastos Abdes Pantera, son of a Roman auxiliary soldier, witnesses an anti-Roman Judean rebel being taken alive from a tomb in Jerusalem. Decades later we meet Pantera again as he arrives in Coriallum (modern Cherbourg) after a stint as a spy in Britannia, during which he went native in the turmoil of the Boudican revolt. No sooner has he landed than he's recruited by the Emperor Nero to discover the missing details of a prophecy that Rome will burn - and then stop it happening.

Sweeping through three contrasting and vividly imagined parts of the Roman Empire - Gaul, Alexandria and finally Rome itself - this epic historical thriller is ablaze… Read more

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