The Silver Pigs: (Falco 1) Paperback – 7 Sep 2000
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"Every book in this series is a delight … fans will snap it up, highly recommended
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"Davis is a prolific and popular writer … Her research has been assiduous and detailed, her commitment to the subject is impressive, and the background detail is often eye-opening" (Hilary Mantel Observer)
"One of the best of the current writers in this field" (Donna Leon The Times)
"Surely the best historical detective in the business" (Mike Ripley Daily Telegraph)
"The whole thing is splendid. It has everything: mystery, pace wit, fascinating scholarship … she brings imperial Rome to life" (Ellis Peters)
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I tried this historical detective story because I had enjoyed Ellis Peter's "Brother Cadfael" detective stories. They were excellent but this is brilliant, as is the rest of the series.
Funny, exciting, and based on a painstaking effort to re-create the world of 70 AD.
By chance, Falco rescues a 16-year old girl called Sosia Camillina from a gang of thugs. She turns out to be the illegitimate niece of a senator, who suspects that an illegal trade is going on in silver pigs (ingots) from a godforsaken remote corner of the empire - Britain. To Falco's disgust he has to return to this barbaric spot where he had once served with the legions ...
The events of this story vary from the tragic to the hilarious, and are often completely unexpected. It includes a mystery and the start of a charming ongoing love story.
If you have met and enjoyed the Cadfael series, this is even better.
It isn't absolutely essential to read these stories in sequence, as the mysteries Falco is trying to solve are all self-contained stories and each can stand on its own. Having said that, there is considerable ongoing development of characters and relationships and I think reading them in the right order does improve the experience.
The full Falco series, in chronological order, consists at the moment of:
This book, "The Silver Pigs"
Shadows In Bronze: (Falco 2)
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The book is based on a strong plot and a very likable character, but is highly detailed about roman politics and everyday roman life. Anyone can read and enjoy this, you don't have to know anything about ancient Rome but it will appeal more to those who like the roman period. The best thing about the book is that it is the first in a string of Falco novels (thirteen so far, I have them all), so once you are hooked you can follow your hero all over the roman empire as he eaks out an existence doing his bit for Rome and tries to inch his way up the greasy pole to a better life.
I would give this book 10/10, one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read.
Falco has done his time in the legions in that god forsaken place called Britain and it is the last place on earth that he would return to through choice but he has been told by the powers that be that he will go back to Britain and no, there is no choice.
When he arrives the weather is even worse than he remembered and the natives are still as unfriendly as ever. He just wants to complete his mission, find the missing silver and get the hell out of it, that is until he meets the lovely Helena Justina and if he thought he was having a hard time before he met her, he was in for an almighty shock.
The plot has plenty of twists and turns although the basic premise is fairly obvious which means the journey through the novel is better than the ending. Falco is a good protagonist with an unruly tongue and a good line in self deprecation which makes it a joy to read so I'll be reading the next 9 books over the next few months.
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An excellent and well written book, filled with a great combination of historical context and narrative. Captures the interest of the reader from the very beginning. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Philip
This might have been a good story, were it not for the relentlessly tongue-in-cheek narrative style. Nothing is described without some sardonic quip. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Redhenry
Palpable insight into ancient Rome but written in totally unstuffy way without pretension. Strongly drawn characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by anne pettigrew
What Rome and ancient Britain might have been like. Good whodunnit, as wellPublished 2 months ago by J Wood
Gave up at 21%. Silly story, implausible characters. Written for cheap laughs. Not for me.
Separately, I wonder why MY reviews have to be a minimum number of words when... Read more
Took a little while to get into it but then great story got me hooked on the whole seriesPublished 4 months ago by I. Jenkins
A smashing read for history lovers. Its Morse meets Horrible Histories with love and comedy thrown in!Published 4 months ago by Jayne.X