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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 January 2013
Sometimes going to the TBR (to be read) pile can be a chore, how do you pick a book from so many genre's and often so much class? But then there are a few authors who just leap to the top of the pile and take that need for choice away. Robert Fabbri is one such author and his Vespasian series to date has been well told and action packed... So how does this latest 3rd part of the tale compare?

As usual we follow Vespasian, possibly (in my opinion) either the luckiest or sharpest General / Emperor Rome ever had. This man outlived one of the most insane periods of Roman history as well as being very successful General, he then went on to be one the greatest Emperors of Rome. This book as well as the first two of the series is set in his early life. He has now made it to Jerusalem, his brother is now a Quaestor and is embroiled in the ever present politics and struggle between the Jews and the Roman invaders. Vespasian himself is off in the desert carrying out his own dangerous mission and back in Rome the arch nutbag Caligula has his own mission for Vespasian, dropping in a nice link to the great Alexander (the subject of the mission). In books one and Two we saw Caligula and Vespasian become friends, in book three we see how being Emperor changes one man and changes a relationship beyond anything you could expect, some friendships.... well, we all have had friends we wish we didn't!

Fabbri as ever brings the roman world to life, the heat and size of its empire, Jerusalem, and the depth of character of the great names involved in the tale. The pace as usual is electric, its one of those books that you have to force yourself to put down to go to sleep. (i wish i had had a whole day to sit and read it).

This is highly recommended and 3 books into 2013 this one is top of the charts so far.


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Vespasian is serving as a military officer on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, suppressing local troubles and defending the Roman way. But political events in Rome - Tiberius's increasingly insane debauchery, the escalating grain crisis - draw him back to the city. When Caligula becomes Emperor, Vespasian believes that things will improve. Instead, he watches the young emperor deteriorate from Rome's shining star to a blood-crazed, incestuous, all-powerful madman. Lavish building projects, endless games, public displays of his relationship with his sister, Drusilla, and a terrified senate are as nothing to Caligula's most ambitious plan: to bridge the bay of Neapolis and ride over it wearing Alexander's breastplate. And it falls to Vespasian to travel to Alexandria and steal it from Alexander's mausoleum. Vespasian's mission will lead to violence, mayhem and theft - and in the end, to a betrayal so great it will echo through the ages
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on 24 March 2015
Hmm, after a promising start with the first two books, Mr. Fabbri disappears into a storyline that's all about Caligula, not Vespasian. OK, so some might think it titillating but Caligula has been done to death in numerous tomes, both historical and fictional, so why serve up more of the same?

Robert Fabbri is not a bad story teller but Vespasian III is not his best. I also don't like Robert's habit of getting his characters to backfill missing storylines as conversation pieces.

Could do better !!
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on 1 October 2013
As ever Robert Fabbri delivers. This book reads as if it was modern day, through the perfect use of Fabbri's interpretation and his ability to take you through a real drama. It has got to the stage, I just need to see his name and I will buy the book. Just started Fallen Eagle, can't wait to get into this story
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on 25 May 2013
The Vespasian series of books which for completeness needs to include 'The Crossroad Brothers'.form a rattling good historical fiction story. I look forward to reading other books from this author . Highly recommend I look forward to reading other books from this author.
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on 17 April 2013
I enjoyed this book because I'm a fan of Vespasian, but I found the foul language a bit of a turn-off. No doubt they did curse and swear all the time, but that doesn't mean I want to
read it on every page.
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on 18 August 2013
I was engrossed while reading this book even though I found parts distasteful I recognised it was in keeping with the kind of actions carried out at the time. The characters are at the heart of the story making you feel you know them even if they are not very nice. I am very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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on 9 January 2013
Superb, a real page-turner, this third volume in Mr. Fabbri's series on Roman emperor Vespasian.
And at 7,99 pounds a real bargain. An exciting book; can't wait for the fourth episode Rome's Fallen Eagle.
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on 11 September 2013
This is the first Fabbri that I read and I did not feel lost having not the read the books in order.
Robert Fabbri is fantastic. He is not the usual Roman themed writer as it is well written. It is not for children. It does not shy away from the gritty, gory or sexy parts of the Roman world. It does talk a lot of the military aspect but also has a lot of content about the social, political parts of the Roman world. As a Roman archaeologist I enjoyed it immensely.
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on 24 May 2013
Never disappointed with the Vespasian books and always ready to read the next. I would recomend this as Robert Fabbri brings the Characters and places alive great descriptive writing and wonderful plots and fast moving read.
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on 3 September 2013
This author has the ability to make even history thrilling! Each book takes the reader deeper into ancient Rome and into the life of the only Emperor to die of natural causes in the whole of the Roman era.
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