R.S. Gompertz

"Author of "No Roads Lead to Rome""
Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (29 of 35)
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Author of "No Roads Lead to Rome"

Historical Fiction, Electric Guitars


Top Reviewer Ranking: 51,667 - Total Helpful Votes: 29 of 35
The Good Soldier Švejk and his Fortunes in the Wor&hellip by Jaroslav Hašek
If you like Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle" , Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Joseph Heller's "Catch 22," or John Kennedy O'Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces," you'll be delighted to discover this obscure saga of "The Good Soldier Svejk."

I'm not sure if any of the above mentioned authors were aware of this interconnected tangle of Central European shaggy dog stories written just after WWI, but it sure feels like the mother lode for modern satire.

The author, born in Bohemia in 1883, was an eccentric writer who took up journalism, drinking, and wandering. Think of him as a Don Quixote lost somewhere in the… Read more
Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome by Anthony Everitt
Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome by Anthony Everitt
Hadrian ruled the Roman Empire between AD 117 - AD 138. He's famous for his great wall across northern England, building the Pantheon at Rome (still one of the world's largest free-standing concrete domes!), and presiding over the empire at its peak.

He's less famous for suppressing a Jewish revolt in Judea, a rebellion that was nearly successful and cost Rome dearly. In my personal view, this brutal war, known as the Second Roman-Jewish War or the Bar Kokhba Revolt, sowed the seeds of our current troubles in the Middle East and deepened the schism between Judaism and Christianity.

So, Hadrian is an emperor worth knowing. He was a good administrator, a competent… Read more
A slave of Cataline (Roman life and times series) by Paul Anderson
"Slave of Catiline," written by Paul Lewis Anderson (1880-1956), was published in 1930.

This story follows the adventures of a slave named Tiberius Rufus who lost his parents in a shipwreck and was raised by fishermen in Sicily. When pirates raided his village, he was captured, sold into slavery, and purchased by a lanista, a trainer of Roman gladiators.

Tiberius distinguishes himself in the arena as a red-haired left-handed net fighter. When this book starts, he is purchased to serve as a bodyguard to a scheming politician named Lucius Sergius Catilina, aka Catiline, who history remembers as the architect of a vast conspiracy to overthrow the Roman Republic in… Read more