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Rome's Executioner (Vespasian Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Finally add to the whole mix, an addictive series that just goes from good to better, it really announces him as one of the historical fiction authors to not only watch but get in early. Magic.
The main originality of this series is the choice of character, with Vespasian as the main hero. This volume (when compared to the previous one) also gives much greater importance to his elder brother Sabinus to the extent that I wondered, at times, whether there was one or rather two heroes in a Simon Scarrow kind of way (Cato and Macro, of course). Another parallel is that, just like in Scarrow's Praetorian, Rome's Excutioner is mostly about Rome's horific and ruthlessly competitive politics. The main difference is the time setting: the story here takes place under the reign of Tiberius (AD 14 to AD 37 and, more precisely for this book, between AD 29 to AD 31) and tells about the fall of Sejanus, Tiberius' praetorian prefect and right-hand man. Scarrow's piece was taking place during the last months of the reign of Claudius (AD 41 to AD 54). Both books describe the atmosphere of paranoïa and terror that exists in the higher circles, including all of the Senate, and the ruthless fights between various factions for supreme power, but Fabbri's focuses more on the terror, horrors and depravity of Roman high society.
Another deliberate originality of this book is that Robert Fabbri has chosen to maximize dramatic effects and has systematically picked the worst possible interpretations he could select for the characters of Tiberius, Caligula and even Claudius. To some, these choices may seem somewhat of a caricature, although they are grounded and extracted from the written sources.Read more ›
The story has already been covered to some degree and I don't want to spoil it for you if you intend to read it but if you like or are interested in this genre, enjoy a real page turner with charismatic characters and an excellent storyline, I cannot recommend Robert Fabbri's books highly enough. They are fantastic, heart warming and mirror real events in history which demonstrates the research that has gone into the writing.
There are some superb historical authors out there at the moment and their books are highlights of the year(s) for me and I'm very grateful to add another to the list. Rome's Executioner is brilliant, authentic and different to other books/authors but is equally enjoyable. Great work Mr Fabbri, can I have another please?
When i saw book one of this series last year i was very interested, Vespasian , a name to get any Roman History lovers pulse racing, this is a man involved in some very interesting points in Romes long and chequered history.
When you add to that the glimpse we have had of this man in Simon Scarrows Eagles series, im sure his future appearance in Henry Venmore-Rowlands new series (starting with the Last Caesar in June). This is not just an interesting figure, this is a man of the moment, it seems the time of the 4 emperors is something that we are heading towards in multiple books, and what an amazing ride it is.
Vespasian: Tribune of Rome in 2011 was an amazing book, and with every book two you worry that it cannot be repeated by a new guy on the block, was it a flash in the pan? Well certainly not in the case of Robert Fabbri and Rome's Executioner.
For me the highlight of this series is similar to Conn Igguldens Emperor series, it's taking a major figure from history but not from the record books, but taking him from birth, from the unknown years, breathing life into him filling in the details, the actions the thoughts the intimacies, the loves, the losses, the victories and the friends that might have shaped this person into the man he became, a Great Emperor who shaped an empire, and a dynasty.
The Emperor series launched Conn Iggulden into one of the shining lights of the Historical Fiction genre, and in my opinion the Vespasian series is its equal in writing and its superior with some of its characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read, really enjoyed it, certainly intend reading the rest of the series.Published 26 days ago by Peter Donohoe
Thoroughly enjoyed this book a great follow up to the first novel. Now getting my teeth into the third novel in the series.Published 2 months ago by C J ELEY
Already read - mistake for VII!! Beware Roman numbers!! Or should it be ii)
Great re-read. But I knew the plot. Read more
Enjoyed the story and details.
The character of Vespasian is developing well.
The gory bits did give me nightmares though.
Great story based on Roman Emperor Vespasian. Highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction. Really enjoyed this book.Published 2 months ago by Colin