False God of Rome: Vespasian III Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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A stonking read. -- Classic FM Robert Fabbri has a winner on his hands. The BookPlank Fabbri's Vespasian novels have been creating quite a stir. The History Girls
About the Author
Robert Fabbri read Drama and Theatre at London University and has worked in film and TV for 25 years. He is an assistant director and has worked on productions such as Hornblower, Hellraiser, Patriot Games and Billy Elliot. His life-long passion for ancient history inspired him to write the VESPASIAN series. He lives in London and Berlin.
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Robert Fabbri has a remarkable knack of bringing the ancient Roman world to life. Quite apart from his dexterity in recreating the lost cities of Rome and Egypt, he captures brilliantly, and horrifically, the most awful terror that Caligulan Rome must have held for its ruling classes. In the second book of the series, Rome's Executioner (Vespasian), Tiberius is presented as I've never seen him before in fiction and its power gave me nightmares. Through the preceding two novels we have watched Caligula grow up as Vespasian's friend. We have the power of hindsight denied to Vespasian but during this third novel Vespasian finally confronts the reality. We have also enjoyed Vespasian's relationship with the matriarch of Rome, Antonia, but all that means nothing when her grandson Caligula assumes power.Read more ›
It's definitely a series that has taken the Historical Fiction world by storm and when you add this to the facts that this remarkable man started out so low and rose to the highest position possible it really is a tale that needs to be told. Throw into the mix the wonderful prose alongside writing style of Robert that makes this engaging as well as the wonderful quips and foresightedness of the principle hero in one of the Empires darkest time which when the reader is introduced to the vileness of Little Boots himself will all round not only make you appreciate our hero but one that will force you to answer questions within your own mind. A wonderful read for the start of the year and to be honest if the quality all round maintains this high, we're in for one hell of a ride.
There are essentially three of them: excellent plot, excellent historical research and superb characterization. This does not imply that the book is "perfect", even assuming that this was possible. However, and despite taking a very close look at it, and even double checking a number of points - this is at least my excuse for not posting this review earlier! - I could only find a few quibbles barely worth mentioning, as opposed to any significant drawback that may have justified a lower rating than five star rating.
First of all, and as others have mentioned, the plot is fast paced and manages to be rather original, despite being the continuation of the previous volumes and despite the rather large number of "swords and sandals" novels set during various periods of Roman history that are already out there. This is no mean feat in itself, especially when you consider that the period covered in this volume - the last years of the reign of Emperor Tiberius and the first half of the reign of Caligula - did not see any major campaigns or battles taking place. You will nevertheless get plenty of violence and blood-letting in this book which is all about power plots, intrigues, murders and terror in Rome, and ruthless riots and policing in some of its unruly and/or strategic provinces, in particular in Cyrenaica, Judea and Egypt.Read more ›
The plots and story lines are many and they keep you guessing as to what will happen next. Vespasian is caught in a web of personal trauma as he delicately treads the fine line between life and death as a “friend” of Caligula while at the same time juggling two women(and keeping them away from The Emperor.)
It had been a while between reading book 2 and book 3…I doubt I’ll wait too long to delve into the next one. 5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another brilliant book that I couldn't put down. Already halfway through book 4.Published 1 month ago by C J ELEY
Terrific read in the Vespasian series. Highly recommended. Now have to download the next book in the series. I do object having to give a minimum number of words in my review.Published 2 months ago by guggle86
Really enjoy novels about ancient Rome. Robert Fabbri tells a great story. Highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by Colin