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5.0 out of 5 stars The Terror of Constantinople, 30 Jan. 2010
This review is from: The Terror of Constantinople (Death of Rome Saga Book Two) (Paperback)
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Fast paced with a great plot, it kept me up all night. Well researched and rich in historical detail, ripe with political intrigue, filled with exotic yet believable, sexy and sinister, characters, this book is moving as well as fascinating. Richard Blake, (obviously an academic, but one who knows how to write blockbusters!) has created an absorbing hero who is at once sordid and noble, beautiful and cruel. He is struggling to live and love in a time when Church and State, Barbarians and Emperor are vying to fill the power vacuums left by the fall of the Roman Empire. A cracker of a book. I can't wait for the next one.
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Initial post: 1 Feb 2010 02:01:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Feb 2010 20:40:47 GMT
Selene says:
Richard Blake is a pseudonym for Sean Gabb, who describes himself on his website as a "Writer, Academic, Broadcaster, and Director of the Libertarian Alliance". Not sure if I agree with his politics, but he certainly has plenty of political savvy and writes a cracking, clever tale. And you have to admire the scholarship of an author who can write his own brilliant abusive epigram (in a style parodying Catullus), which is chanted in "Terror of Constantinople" by the crowd at a chariot race.

He originally wrote the first Aelric novel under his real name, with the title "The Column of Phocas". It's since been reissued under the name "Conspiracies of Rome".
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