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Audio Heaven For Falco Fanatics.,
This review is from: Falco: Shadows in Bronze (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
NOTE THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE BBC FULL CAST AUDIO DRAMATISATION OF THE BOOK.
This is the second in Linsey Davis' `Falco' series.
I have read them all and have listened to the Silver Pigs, the first in the series , and others. I read the book years ago so, for me, this is a revisit to a well enjoyed book.
You do not have to have heard the first in the series to get the full benefit of listening to this dramatization but I really would urge you to. The Silver Pigs is an excellent story and is where we get to meet Falco for the first time as well as understand his relationship with Helena which is a major running saga throughout all the books.
To the story. Davis has a brilliant character- well two really if we count Helena.
Fabulous settings- Rome after the year of the four Ceasers and in the relative calm of the sound and sane Vespasian.
Falco works for Vespasian and all is not settled with the Empire.
Falco is sent to do Vespasian's `dirty' dealings to persuade useful but ambitious senators that he is the best choice for the purple.
Falco being Falco takes along his old `oppo' from his army days Petronius along with Petronius' wife and daughters. His Mum `fosters' his nephew Laruis upon him because `she is worried about his strange ideas'.
This is the genius of Davis- excellent and believable characters who not only have to survive attacks and danger but to solve all life's little problems like a hormone run riot nephew and a mate's wife who won't stand for any nonsense.
Add to the brew a green cloaked assassin and trip to the seaside at Napoli with a Randy Oxen called Nero, `because he will mount anything!' and you have the recipe for an entertaining listen.
This is not simply a Roman `Whodunit' more a writer that knows the Roman way of life and revels in weaving a tale with the `murders' as a side line.
A really entertaining listen.