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5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating Superb Roman Historical Fiction., 27 Feb 2013
This is the Fifth in the SPQR series so the first question the reader will want to know is 'Do I have to read the previous 4 to understand?'
The answer is No. Each book can stand by it's own merits BUT dear reader if this is your first in the series you will want to read them all they are THAT good.
(And this is from a 'seasoned' reader of Steven Saylor's Gordianus the Finder, Linsey Davis' Didius Falco and others)

This book doesn't waste a word in the telling and the tale and mystery rattles along like a runaway train.

Brought from Rhodes to solve a murder by poison Decius has to have all his wits and guile to solve and survive Rome.

Although the telling really moves fast Roberts cleverly weaves in some fascinating aspects of Roman life around 70BC.
Rome is founded on Italian soil and some of the old religious cults still flourish it seems. The plot twist and swerves and there are a couple of interesting dead ends but my do we have fun getting there.
To quote Decius ' a good hunter will always return to the part where his prey was definitely on track' and so does our hero ably assisted by his fiance Julia and the Greek Physician cum forensic expert Asklepiodes.
But don't let the fool you into thinking Decius has his Watson to aid him, no he is definitely a one man band.

As I've said the story rattles along and the reader finishes with regret that this great story had to end rather that and the relief at the end of some books I could mention!

Whereas others would waste another chapter to explain and close the story Maddox Roberts has that delightful gift of closing with a clap.
Rather like my old Primary School teachers used to close a chapter by slapping the book closed. We always wanted to find out what happened next and Roberts leaves us desperately to seek out the next book.

Recommended? YES. Scintillating a brilliant read!
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Initial post: 31 Jan 2014 09:14:37 GMT
Annie says:
Do you review all the books you enjoy twice? OK - I'm going to stop looking, now I've found you've done it twice, so it's no mistake...

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2014 14:24:39 GMT
Glenn Cook says:
Annie I simply cannot recommend this series highly enough.
They are brilliant.
The other review is a 'frozen' one. It is old and cannot be changed nor altered.
Don't ask me why.
BUT if you read a book that was brilliant don't you think it's a good idea to want to share this discovery and encourage others to try it.
(Vice versa of course)
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