Master and God Paperback – 27 Sep 2012
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Praise for MASTER AND GOD:
'The narrative is rapid and the story well told with much sharp-edged detail. You can open this book and step right into a convincing yet extraordinary past.'(Independent)
'Davis's descriptions of Rome are vivid and lively...this is a great yarn' ( Daily Mail)
'While this book is a departure from her usual Falco novels, the trademark charm, piercing intelligence and ready wit are as abundant as ever... dramatic and enthralling, all the more so for being full of historical fact. The characters are intriguing and three-dimensional, and the whole is told with a humour and insight which means the reader will find the book impossible to put down.' (www.thebookbag.co.uk)
'An intimate portrait of resilience, friendship and love' (Sunday Examiner, Australia)
'Best known for her Falco mysteries, Davis stays in ancient Rome with this juicy novel about the emperor Domitian. The imperial city and it capricious elite prove much more enjoyable to visit than they ever would have been to inhabit.' (i, Independent)
'Rome comes alive as a seething, beautiful, dangerous city in this brilliant and gripping thriller from the seasoned pen of Lindsey Davis.' (www.thegoodbookguide.com)
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Top Customer Reviews
From the very start, as a wraith of smoke rises over the Vigiles (police-cum-fire) station where our man Clodianus is twiddling his thumbs, there is the sense of a world, and a man, on the edge of change. It's the moment he meets Flavia Lucilla - young and fierce, independent, but still far too naive. Then Rome burns. Clodianus, battle-scarred ex-legionary, becomes the hero of the fire, and the resultant meeting with Domitian - the traumatised, narcissistic, paranoid, finally psychotic 'Master and God' of the title - sets Clodianus on the road that leads him to choices none of us would ever want to have to make. That he travels this road in the company of Lucilla - co-tenant, then friend, then love - is the making of them both, and the novel.Read more ›
From the start right through to the end, with was managed in two nights, I was gripped. The plot, the characters and the dialogue was snappy, enthralling and generally wonderful.
The hero, a veteran soldier, Gaius Vinius Clodianus finds himself in the Praetorian Guard protecting the increasingly paranoid Emperor Domitian. He does his best to fulfil his duty in an increasingly political Rome.
Whilst Davis has tackled other eras, Civil War England, but she is most at home in Ancient Rome. You can almost hear the sandals' on the pavement and smell the food available at the food stalls. She is a master at creating a image of the seat of Imperial rule. Warts and all.
Having recently read all the Falco series, I would say that this novel is similar but there are several differences which may put off fans of those books.
The main one is that this story is written in the third person as opposed to the first. There is still a fair share of cynicism and sarcasm but you don't get the snappy asides and put downs that occur regularly throughout MDF's trials and tribulations.
It is not a detective story either although one of the main characters is an investigator at various points in the book.
I also didn't feel it had quite as much humour as the Falco series but being set in the rather darker period of Domitian's rule as opposed to Vespasian's this is appropriate.
There are several minor characters from the Falco books who turn up here or are referred to but there isn't any real continuity from that series. This is definitely a stand alone novel so do not worry if you haven't read the Falco books. You won't have missed anything important to the plot and if you go on to read the Falco series later, I don't believe I spotted much that would ruin any of those plots either.
Several people have commented on the scene with the fly. I'm not really sure what to make of it myself. It just seemed odd and there was nothing similar in the rest of the book.
There are some large chunks without dialogue. This didn't bother me but your mileage may vary.
Concerning authenticity and whether certain words or phrases would have been in use at the time: I spotted what I think are a couple of examples where this seemed to be the case but I'm not a scholar of Roman history so this is just a feeling. Nothing particularly jarred though.Read more ›
BUT - too long, too long, too long. 100 pages could easily be edited out with zero loss to the story line. 150 pages before the end I realised the author was determined to weave into the plot almost EVERY reference to Domitian's reign as Emperor that ANY classical source can provide. Even extant head stones get a mention! Anal and boring (and I quite often rather like completism). I suspect it will rob others of the will to live - or at least finish the novel. It's like Davis decided to combine 2 books she had already written - one a domestic tale set in Domitian's reign the other a critique of that reign. It's bold but it creaks. Having one chapter written from the point of view of a named fly is just plain odd!
Having said that, Davis is still a flowing and stylish writer who knows how to put things well. She makes ancient Rome come alive, and taught me a great deal as I read. BUT - too long, too long. Someone should have dared to edit more boldly. I was also thrown by the tentative nature of the book's blurb. Clearly her new publishers are not sure what they have got either. This is a well-known, well-established author made to sound on the covers like she is a newcomer in the 'style of Ken Follett' (absolute bunk - more like Robert Harris). Maybe the Falco word has been banned!
Worth it if you are a fan already, and love ancient Roman stuff.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of fascinating historical details and realistic characters, this is the tale of the rise and fall of the Emperor Domitian. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Davis writes in two styles. The Falco/Albia books are first person, fast moving, humorous/sarcastic adventures set in a Rome that reeks of authenticity - I love them all. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stan
I only ploughed through this Lindsey Davis novel. Not one of her best by far I felt, in fact early on I wondered if she was the writer, but it improved after half way. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eva
Lindsey Davis is my favourite author. I know when I read her books that the historical facts are correct. I have read all her Didius Falco books and I love them. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Noreen Adie
Enjoyed this just as much as I enjoy the Flavia Albia novels - one of the few books that I can't put down.Published 7 months ago by Leela Attfield
A story so well told that I felt I knew those involved, and cared about their futures. Perfect combination of history and imagination.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found the style and the plot of this book curiously rambling and lost interest. Pity, because the earlier works were excellent.Published 15 months ago by Brian Harris