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The Triumph of Caesar (Gordianus the Finder Book 12) by [Saylor, Steven]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 12 of 12 in Gordianus the Finder (12 Book Series)
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Saylor is on top form with the latest in his extraordinarily vivid series of crime novels set in ancient Rome. (Sunday Times)

Saylor expertly weaves the true history of Rome with the lives and loves of its fictional citizens. (Daily Express)

... with the scalpel-like deftness of a Hollywood director, Saylor puts his finger on the very essence of Roman History (TLS)

How wonderful to have a scholar write about ancient Rome; how comforting to feel instant confidence in the historical accuracy of the novel

(The Sunday Times)

A breathtaking epic ... scholarly and engrossing ...Compelling and evocative, this dramatic saga does full justice to the fascinating role that ancient Rome has played in world history. (Good Book Guide)

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He conquered an empire. Now, he faces a threat much closer to home.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 823 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A36VTEC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This was a real disappointment. The beauty of Saylor's books was always the sensitive and intricate way he used the mystery stories of Gordianus the Finder to inform and enlighten the reader about Roman society and history. But Gordianus was - to me - always the heart and soul of the story. Saylor clearly knows Rome back and forward, in and out. But its fair to say recent entries in the series have begun to use Gordianus as the device rather than Rome. The low point came with Roma (not a Gordianus book) where Saylor's ambition to write a full story of Rome tried to balance names and dates with stories - much of which didn't work. The same is true here. If this is the last Gordianus book then Saylor seems to want to use it to tie up every storyline (most in two or three pages at the end. But Gordianus is almost forgotten. the "story" is terribly minor. How sad. 3 stars as even poor quality Saylor is still worth reading. But not for new readers. Go back to Roman Blood or Murder on the appian way.
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Steven Saylor returns to his Gordianus series and the result, although welcome is something of a disappointment. A somewhat slender and short story offers only transitory pleasures. But Saylor is a master storyteller and sage on all things Roman, so a sub par Roma Sub Rosa novel still eclipses his many rivals. A minor entry in the series and not the best starting point for newcomers, but for completists and fans a must buy.
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I loved this series and I'm sad to see it end. I'm now after my next Ancient Rome series to read.

What makes this series great is three things

- Saylors writing
Steven Saylor expertly crafts language to keep the reader engaged and bringing the history to life. Nothing seems forced and he effortlessly weaves in poetry, theatre and history.

- his use of history
This is no history lesson and the facts are woven into the story so superbly that it doesn't feel like a history lesson but it's not light weight even. His research is superb and grounds the whole series in reality without taking too many liberties. This isn't really an alternative history but an enjoyable use of creative licence to fill in between the gaps with a wonderful lively take

- his characterisation.
When you finish a book let alone a series and feel sad to say goodbye to the characters that's when you know that the author has made these character real. Given that by reading the series you're aware of the life of these characters ( developing from children to adults in many instances) you are heavily invested in their lives.

On the backgrounds of these triumphs of the series how does The Triumph of Caesar fair?
Far from the best I think. The beauty about many of the previous books was how the plot evolved in stages as we are brought nearer to the truth as Gordianus sniffs it out. In this book (without spoilers) the reveal feels obvious and comes all at once.
Having said that it's still so well written page to page that it's an entertaining read and frankly the series is so good that how could you not read it? When comparing it to the excellent books in the rest of the series it gets 4 stars. I can't say fairer than that!
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This is, as yet, the last volume in the series. The author has now gone backwards, and started writing prequels which tell of Gordianus' early life before we first met him. In my view, it is not quite up to the standards of the earlier books. The story has twists and turns, as usual, but seems a bit forced, a bit thin. In places, it has long descriptions of each of Caeser's triumphs, which to me seemed a bit too much like padding without adding anything to the story; something which is unlike Saylor. I still found it a good read, just not quite as good as many of the other books.
I am now looking forward to starting on the prequels.
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I've been re reading the series and I've really enjoyed it all over again. This book is new since I last read them which was an unexpected pleasure. One downside for me in some of the previous books has been the way occasional chunky bits of history and long speeches stall the narrative flow. I disagree with other reviewers in that this book has less chunky bits: Gordianus features on nearly every page and interacts with the history around him. I enjoy exploring Rome and it's people with him and I hope there will be more books.
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I agree with the majority of my fellow reviewer's. This leans more towards description of the history of Rome set in a particular time rather that a Murder mystery for Gordianus to solve. But what a time and what marvellous descriptions of them! I pride myself of thinking I know a lot about Rome at the time of Caesar and the great Julius himself but I was pleasantly surprised by Saylor's vivid descriptions and how he introduced me to events and major description of the times There is a `whodunit' or should that read a 'whowilldoit'? For Gordianus is tasked by Caesar's wife to find out who wants Caesar dead and the side issue of who killed Gordianus' predecessor and was it because he was getting too close to the truth? And that in it self poses another problem. Just like in 'The Day of the Jackal' by Frederick Forsyth we all know that the key figure Caesar like Degaulle does not get assassinated... well not until later.
Along the way Saylor weaves some of the major player's in Caesar's later regicide... I was particularly impressed with his depiction of Marc Antony.. Surely a figure that Saylor will use in a major book later in the Finder's later episodes (or is Saylor teasing us with Gordianus' family taking over).
All in all a cracking read. Not one of Saylor's best BUT dear reader remember that is up against some really stiff competition Saylor is THAT good. An average Saylor book beats the best of others hands down. I'd say a very satisfying book that you finish with regret that the wonderful story has ended. More please!
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