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Fact and fiction combine.
on 26 July 2012
I came to this book from reading the author's fab Raffles series of books. It's surprising how different they are. Augustus: Son of Rome is much more grounded in history and there are few plot twists or moments of suspense. That said, the there are great flashes of sarcasm and wit in the dialogue and the author uses history to talk about the present day themes too, as he does with the Raffles adventures. Foreman borrows heavily from Shakespeare in regards to Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus and the assassination but that's no bad thing. There are some winks to the audience in regards to Shakespeare's influence as well.
I used google quite a bit to look up characters and events whilst reading this book and it's amazing how much of the story (and the detail about characters) is true.
Would recommend this book to anyone travelling to Rome or Italy this summer, or if you're stuck in UK on cold, wet afternoon.