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A Thriller with no thrills,
This review is from: The Ides of March (Paperback)
A novel about what is probably the most famous assassination in world history and a thriller to boot. So what would you need for such a novel? Well obviously there can be no tension in terms of the killing itself - we all know it happened, we all know when it happened and we even know where it happened. A bit like the assassination of JFK then. Of course if you were writing about JFK the tension could be generated by suggesting his death might have been the result of a conspiracy and then by revealing who the conspirators might have been. Unfortunately Caesar was killed by at least 23 assailants - bit of a giveaway really. So how do you write a thriller based on Caesar's death? Well apparently you invent a series of cardboard cutout characters and have them chase each other down the length of Italy. Will the hero make it in time to save Caesar? Well no because we all know he was killed on the morning of the 15th March 44 BC and we can't change that. Will the hero be delayed by crucial hours and fail to save Caesar? Er, well yes actually. The only questions that remains then are - what on earth is this novel supposed to be about and what was the point in writing it? Answers on a postcard please.