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The Roman Mysteries: The Assassins of Rome: Book 4 Hardcover – 17 Oct 2002
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the latest in the exciting 'Roman Mysteries' series, which provide an extremely palatable and accurate introduction to ancient Rome
" -- The Spectator
'Word is spreading about Caroline Lawrence's Roman Mysteries set in ancient Italy.' -- The Sunday Times
'Word of mouth recommendations...have made Caroline Lawrence's Roman Mysteries into one of the success stories of the year.' -- The Sunday Times, 1 December 2002
'[The Roman Mysteries] is one of the success stories of the year... -- The Sunday Times
...an extremely palatable and accurate introduction to ancient Rome. -- The Spectator, 14 Dec 2002
The fourth Roman Mystery takes the friends to Rome on a dangerous assignment as Jonathan grapples with guilt and anger.See all Product description
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This series is excellent. Caroline Lawrence is not only a superb story teller, but she is a highly qualified authority in the field of ancient history. Her books are as historically accurate as possible, but they do not read like history books. These books are absorbing, enthralling and are so believable. Caroline Lawrence is every bit the consummate story teller and she expertly weaves fictional characters into real historical events.
In addition, the author thoroughly researches and visits the places where her stories are set. As a result she uses the most superb 'eye witness' accounts of historical events. Her books are fantastic and she gives birth to wonderful characters who are so believable and 'real' that my daughter and I found ourselves really caring about what happened to them (even the fictional ones).
These books should be on every key stage 2 and key stage 3 classroom shelf in the country because they really bring ancient history to life in such a vivid and thoroughly engaging way.
Caroline Lawrence is up there with the best and most significant children's writers of our time. May she continue to write such fantastic literature for our children to sink their imaginations into!
Johnathon has had a birthday. He is deeply distressed when he finds out that an assasin is headed for his father! The assasin tells Johnathon that his dead Mother may still be alive! Now his friends, Flavia and Nubia face a tough decision, to follow Johnathon, or wait for Flavia's father, Marcus Flavia Geminia, to return to Ostia for adult advice?
A thrilling book, and historically correct. The character's have developed a lot from the first three books in this stunning series. I would thoroughly recomend this book to people who like mysteries. This book is the best Caroline Lawrence book yet and is aimed for the teenage years (12 - 15).
Caroline seems to go from strength to strength with these books; there is a discernible improvement with each novel in the series; an increase in the depth of character, humour, pace and plot.
Great if you are looking for something exciting, yet clean and wholesome. We are, as parents, extremely wary of very much that it on the market these days. Much of what is offered to children through school catalogues etc seem to be full of vampires, black magic or sex, swearing and rebellion.
This book and other in the series so far (the previous installments; we haven't read the later ones) come highly recommended as very healthy, well written and enjoyable alternatives. Caroline Lawrence is very under rated as a children's author.
Thank you very much Caroline Lawrence!
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