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4.0 out of 5 stars
A ripping yarn, a great adventure story in Roman times, 4 Mar. 2011
Drago & the Druids' Gold is of the 'rattling good adventure story' genre. Its hero Brennianius Drago is a nephew of Caractacus, the famous British leader, who has been brought as a Roman up alongside the degenerate Nero. The action moves from the Jewish War to Britain when Drago is chosen by the would-be emperor Vespasian seek out the source of British gold. His mission is discovered by the enemies of Vespasian. There are many pursuits and close escapes. Falco is attracted to handsome Antonius, one of his pursuers, but it is his growing love for Naomi, a Jewish Christian slave-girl that eventually decides his fate.
There is sufficient 1st century Roman colour to support the plot, particularly the battle scenes, including a single combat when Drago has to fight naked. However the dialogue is not in pseudo-Latin style but in colloquial English, something that to me, enabled a focus to be made on the twists and turns of a fast-moving plot. Some of the characters are a bit stereotypical; the chief baddie Porcius is a real swine (pardon the pun.
A good buy at the price; I liked it