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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what it could have been, 7 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Tribune of Rome: VESPASIAN I (Paperback)
I had high hopes for this one given the many glowing reviews.
Sadly, for me at any rate, it failed to deliver what it promised. I just could not believe in the characters, the dialogue or the plot and as a result abandoned it after three hundred pages, something I very seldom do.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2012 02:09:25 GMT
Mike Reed says:
There's only little more than 300 pages in the book - you might as well have finished it. I'm not a very fast reader but even I could do that.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012 11:01:42 GMT
Hi Mike
Thanks for your observation and, I suppose, you are quite right, the problem was that the author had lost my interest some time before but I had persevered for a while. I find there is a 'tone' in an authors writing, and when they get it wrong the story loses any ring of authenticity. I dislike giving negative reviews and if you care to check you'll find there are very few in my list. My gran always told me 'if you can't say anything nice say nothing at all' but, in the case of Vespasian, I felt I had to comment.
Kind Regards
Ian B. Pitbladdo

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2012 10:23:13 BDT
Your gran was right in this case - you should always do the author the courtesy of finishing their work before posting a review.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2013 21:30:42 BDT
ANDY says:
Nonsense. An author should do us the courtesy of producing a work that is truly worth reading to the end.
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