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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857897438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857897435
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
You know that you're about to embark on a new year full of fine books when it kicks off with the publication of a novel by Robert Fabbri, one of the best writers of historical fiction about today. Vespasian, the 1st-century AD general who against all odds survived a succession of Rome's most nutty emperors to don the purple himself, is a worthy subject for a series of novels and Robert Fabbri has done him justice. In the third novel, False God of Rome, everything takes on a whole new edge. Caligula is now emperor and it is no spoiler to say that here is a madman of Olympian proportions. There is a chance that, like me, you may want to read some of Fabbri's portrayal of these mad years with your eyes shut (or at least with an empty stomach). Fortunately, Vespasian marches through the insanity but even he cannot be unaffected by these dark days.

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.
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Death, murder, deceit and double dealing with all of them being done before breakfast in ancient Rome as the principle characters story continues to unwind for the modern reader in an imaginative and thought provoking series by Robert Fabbri.

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.
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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2013
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On both the UK and the US sites, there seems to be, at least this time, a bit of a consensus regarding how good this book is. As far as I am concerned, determining whether it is slightly better or slightly less good than the two previous volumes is a rather moot point since I rated all three of them as five star books. What may be of more interest for potential readers are the reasons for attributing the highest possible rating to this book.

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.
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Well boys and girls, chalk this one up as another fine example of an author who has successfully written a series that just keeps getting better. The growth and development of Vespasian has been sure and steady and it has been a whole lot of fun observing his confidence and abilities expand from that uncertain farm boy in book one. This edition occurs during the end of Tiberius reign and the start of Caligula’s rule of madness. I love the way the author fleshes out this captivating yet revolting emperor…whenever he’s on the page I imagine the sight and sound of John Hurt from I. Claudius.
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.
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