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INCEPTIO (Roma Nova Thriller Series Book 1) by [Morton, Alison]
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INCEPTIO (Roma Nova Thriller Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in Roma Nova Thriller Series (6 Book Series)

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"Grips like a vice - a writer to watch out for." - Adrian Magson author of the Harry Tate spy thrillers

"Terrific. Brilliantly plotted original story, grippingly told and cleverly combining the historical with the futuristic. It's a real edge-of-the seat read, genuinely hard to put down." - Sue Cook, writer and broadcaster

"I loved it! Intriguing, unusual and thought-provoking. Karen develops from a girl anyone of us could know into one of the toughest heroines I've read for a while. Roma Nova was a world I really wanted to visit - and not just to meet Conrad - vivid and compelling. A pacey, suspenseful thriller with a truly dreadful villain, I can't recommend Inceptio enough." - Kate Johnson, author of The UnTied Kingdom

"Tense, fast-paced and deliciously inventive, Alison Morton's INCEPTIO soon had me turning the pages. Very Dashiell Hammett." - Victoria Lamb, author of The Queen's Secret "Gripping.

"Alison Morton creates a fully realised world of what could have been. Breathtaking action, suspense, political intrigue... Inceptio is a tour de force!" - Russell Whitfield, author of Gladiatrix and Roma Victrix

About the Author

Alison Morton loves historical fiction and thrillers. A 'Roman nut' since age 11, she has visited sites throughout Europe including the alma mater, Rome. But it was walking on the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) that triggered her wondering what a Roman society would be like if run by women. Always enjoying well-written romantic suspense and thrillers with a twist, 'what if' alternate history fiction had particularly intrigued her.

So when she came to novel writing in reaction to a really dire film, alternate history thrillers featuring a strong female character in a Roman themed world weren't so unlikely!

INCEPTIO starts the Roma Nova series and our heroine's own story, PERFIDITAS (betrayal), finds her caught between two men and falsely accused of conspiracy. In SUCCESSIO, chickens come home to roost as the next generation enters the scene...

Alison has also published a history ebook, "Military or Civilians? The curious anomaly of the German Women's Auxiliary Services during the Second World War" and for new writers, "The 500 Word Writing Buddy".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1841 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publisher: SilverWood Books (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K5OO4QW
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,184 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A book that doesn’t easily fit a genre, this is a modern action tale set against an alternate history. It’s exciting and pacy and contains lots of unexpected twists, but what attracted me most was the premise. A place where women make the decisions, right in the heart of Europe?

Our modern New Yorker heroine, Karen Brown, upsets the wrong guy and finds her options drastically reduced. Not only that, but she's attracting all the wrong kind of attention. When she learns of a relative in Roma Nova, the female-dominated European country which arose out of the ashes of the Roman Empire, it’s time to pack her bags.

She assumes a new identity, goes undercover, learns to fight and begins to understand how the politics work. All the while keeping two men in her sights: Renschman, who is out to kill her, and Conrad Tellus, who is her mentor, bodyguard and ...?

The tempo is snappy, the key characters believable and appealing, and the setting fascinates. So much so you actually wish it existed. In fact, that would be my only regret – that we didn’t get to see more of this world and how it operates at the ordinary level. Although the Latin references, alternate curses and glimpses of the architecture tantalised, I wanted a guided tour. But there are two more books in the series, following the transformations of our heroine, so there’s a great deal more to explore.

You’ll enjoy this if you liked: The Afrika Reich, Fatherland, Rats

Avoid if you dislike: Latin, geography, history, violence

Ideal accompaniments: Half a bottle of Franciacorta, green olives stuffed with anchovies and Lux Aeterna by Kronos Quartet
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I literally couldn't stop reading this fast-paced book starting in alternative, present day New York and moving to Roma Nova, a European country run by female descendents of exiled Romans from centuries before. The heroine, Karen Brown, a hard-working girl with very little going on in her life, soon finds everything she's ever known being flipped on its head. She meets Conrad Tellus - a hero in all senses of the word - and comes up against the vicious, relentless cruelty of Renschman, a man determined to make Karen pay - for what, she's not too sure. The story sees Karen developing from an ordinary woman with not much going on into someone who can more than take care of herself and with everything to lose. The world that Alison Morton creates in this book is one I can't wait to revisit. A perfect escape.
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I've read all the Roma Nova titles so far, and I'm fascinated by this alternate vision of Roman history. The author has deftly created an entire world and culture that's incredibly believable, and her knowledge of Roman life and customs is second to none, which is what gives it such authenticity. This first book introduces the reader to Roma Nova and the Mitela family perfectly, setting the tone for the whole series. There's a strong female lead, but what I love is that these capable, authoritative women aren't cliched feminist protagonists; they're flawed, feminine, real. At the same time, this book, as with the others, delivers on fast-paced action and a clever plot - a total pageturner!
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This has a different idea for its basic idea. I am not going to give too much away, after all the idea of this review is to get you to buy the book!
There were some very good "goodies" and amongst the "baddies" was a really nasty piece of work.
I found the book a pleasure to read and a few times I did think "what if?"
I will happily recommend this for anyone who like the thriller genre and I am looking forward to the next book in the series
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"The boy lay in the dirt in the centre of New York's Kew Park..."

A great opening line, to make the reader do an instant double-take, on a par with the one caused by the clock striking thirteen in George Orwell's "1984". Kew Park, as in London's Kew Gardens, not Central Park? - how did that happen? I was immediately drawn in to this intriguing alternative history scenario.

And what a premise it was! - that ancient Roman society and culture was not extinguished with the fall of the Roman Empire but transferred by a small determined group of traditionalists to a new territory, Roma Nova, north of Italy, where it still survives to the present day. The development of what we call the USA has also taken a rather different course, and that's where the story begins, before crossing the pond to Roma Nova. (I'll be intrigued to see what American readers make of this concept, by the way!)

Though still speaking Latin, the Nova Romans are far from untouched by 21st century life, operating futuristic technology, and populated by fatigue-wearing, gun-toting copes who fight to maintain the integrity of their nation's principles and traditions. (Their Saturnalia celebrations are a great draw for the tourists, apparently!)

What kept me turning the pages was the pacy story of a heroine who overcomes an extraordinary set of challenges, with just enough romantic interest thrown in to add an extra dimension without slowing the action.

By chance, I took this book to read on a holiday in the tiny principality of Luxembourg, fiercely proud of its individuality and its heritage, despite being surrounded by much larger, more powerful states. I found myself thinking, in an unguarded moment, that Luxembourg should be on good diplomatic terms with Roma Nova. For a moment there, I'd believed it was real and was half-way to planning my next holiday there. Quite a trick to pull off, Alison Morton! Looking forward to the sequel already...
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