- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1867 KB
- Print Length: 286 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500983640
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Silverback Books; 3 edition (10 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0085O2H5O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 115 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
It's not giving away any secrets to say that the Vestal Virgins are involved because the book's first chapter is set in 54AD when a young girl is taken from her family to join the temple.
For the next chapter we switch to the current time when a mysterious coin is brought for identification to our heroine India Sommers at her library. India is also a historian and expert on old coins and is asked to help the police after the coin's owner is murdered and the library burned down. But is the policeman who he says he is?
Chapters alternate between the story of Rubria, a Vestal Virgin in Roman times and India in an increasingly dangerous investigation as bodies are discovered and signs of an ancient and powerful secret cult are uncovered.
The author has the knack of making both threads so gripping you are irritated when you have to swap to the other one and then you don't want to return because you are so involved in the then current story.
Historical facts and actual places are weaved into this story with real skill, and this is a book you will not want to put down as it hammers along at a terrific pace.
Cracking good entertainment!!
The book alternates back and forth between Nero's Rome and the present day where India ( a specialist in the period) and Brandon , a Special Forces operative are about to team up to solve an ancient mystery.
Even though there were a few jarring moments in the historical sections with the use of phrases like -
"Centurion, are you okay?" And "Hang on, said Rubria, I'll get you a drink." -I did really enjoy this thread of the story.
Rubria is a Vestal Virgin living during the dangerous times of Nero's rule and the burning of Rome is also nicely woven into the narrative.
I was less sure of the modern thread where India hardly bats an eyelid as she is recruited by a man she has just met and sets off on a dangerous mission. There is a lot of banter, quite Indiana Jones in places; maybe the historical thread would have been complimented a little better by a slightly more 'serious' modern story.
However, I was really impressed by the way the two threads were skilfully woven together making an enjoyable and fun read that pulled me along at a fair pace. And after a complex plot there is also a good and satisfying ending.
As other reviewers have mentioned, some closer attention to editing would improve the reading experience.
However, the number of spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and historical inaccuracy made me, as a teacher, furious that a publisher's proof reader could miss so many and that there were so many mistakes in the first place.
Also some of it - when India was giving the background to Vesta- made me wonder if some was cut and pasted.
The writing is not particularly original.
The reader is quickly involved with the characters, championing them on as they overcome obstacles and holding your breath as they run up against dead ends. Either of the two stories being told in tandem here would be a good read; together they are superb.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed the book exciting and different, have already ordered the next book.Published 3 months ago by satch
Great story moves well between Ancient Rome and present dayPublished 3 months ago by Stewart Moffat
I don't usually write reviews but this book had such mixed reviews that I thought I'd add my ten cents! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pat McCulloch
I just love this author. An excellent book and now looking forward to the next.Published 9 months ago by Samuel J. Needs
Great read, could not put it down. For those of us who are not historians and cannot critise the authenticity of dates names etc then here we go. Read morePublished 9 months ago by mandy