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- Listening Length: 7 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Robert Southworth
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 28 Aug. 2014
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B00N325E7Q
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Wrath of the Furies Audiobook – Unabridged
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Where this book distinguishes itself from the others is in its exploration of moral dilemmas. Is it right to exact revenge for one appalling betrayal by means of such systematic brutality? In a modern world, surely not, but for the individuals caught up in this vision of ancient Rome, it seems that there is no other way to find justice.
The story unwinds by way of gradual revelation. The reader shares this alongside the main protagonists, who have been charged with upholding the rule of law in Rome. For a culture used simply to employing whatever level of force is necessary to secure a desired goal, considerations of morality and natural justice are alien.
As with Robert's other Roman books, the level of violence is rather higher than my normal preference. To offset that, the progressive nature of the investigation absolutely held my interest.
It's a different spin on Rome, keeping away from the marching of armies and the infighting of the imperial succession in order to focus on the intricacies of a single case. It works on a smaller scale than Spartacus, but evidently springs out of the same vision.
The version I read had suffered from very erratic proof reading, but I understand that this is intended to be corrected before long. That done, future readers will be able to enjoy this book without tripping over words here and there.
For this story Rob goes back to Rome again, to the time of Emperor Hadrian, one of the ‘five good emperors’ as Rob says in the notes at the end. Yet again I’ve enjoyed reading this and I’m now looking forward to follow-up book. Rob writes series of books and next on my list next ‘Jack the Ripper’ story. Happily, Rob is writing a third book in that stories – but I digress here …
Hadrian appoints a new magistrate with investigate and punish crimes and keep order in Rome while Hadrian is off on travels around the empire and just in time really because at the same time there is an assassin doing the rounds killing a number off well to do wealthy men. Lucius sets up his own household that includes a number of other men who help him with his investigations, one of whom is Bako, a battle hardened ex-legionnaire. The investigation fallows a trail of bodies that seem to climb the social ladders of Roman and increases the danger to Lucius and his followers. The story fairly rattles along to the man at the top of ladder of ambition and deceit, all rampant in Rome at the time. It all comes to an end, but I doubt if it’s happy ever after. We have to wait for number two to find that out.
I buy Robs’ books on kindle and that is why it takes me so long to read them, not that are heavy going of course, they aren’t, it’s just that I don’t spend much time on my kindle. Anyway, to round off then, I recommend all of Rob’s books and not just this one which the latest one I’ve read. So why not have look and give him a go folks, I’m sure you’ll enjoy his work.
The way Robert writes characters, and their interactions within the surroundings he places them is something he should be proud of, the characters are real, they have emotions and you feel it yourself as the reader he pulls you in, and keeps you gripped throughout,
This for me is why I believe Wrath of the Furies is probably his better novel to date, the whole cast of characters are of his own creation, he is free from the shackles of Spartacus to be allowed to do as he wants and it shows from the hooded mystery figure to Lucius and Baka,
And what an opening, I challenge anyone to read the prologue and not envision seeing it on the silver screen, again another get talent Robert has, he knows how to pace his story, and if he doesn't have a book picked up by a film/television director in the future I'll be amazed,
I implore you go and purchase this book, you won't regret it, especially at the price, you will be in for a treat, then buy the physical copy too, because when he does have his work on the screen you'll have a first printing, remember everyone started somewhere and with three great books under his belt Robert Southworth is going places and is just beginning his great journey,
I just admit I rather guessed the ending, but am really interested to find out where Centurion Bako in particular goes next.
This is the second of Southworth's books I've read (the other being the Spartacus adventure) and it's clear the guy knows how to tell a story and, best of all for us, his books are very nicely priced so why not take a chance on an exciting new indie author?