Rome

Rome

The Emperor's Spy

Book - 2010
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A gripping race-against-time historical adventure in the bestselling tradition of Conn Iggulden's 'Emperor' series.
Publisher: London, England : Bantam Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780593055724
Branch Call Number: FIC Scot
Characteristics: 493 p. map ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Emperor's spy

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RenGrrl Jul 25, 2011

A fabulous read. Tight paced action and great historical detail! Plus an interesting alternate version of the origins of Christianity!


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Jun 05, 2014

I do enjoy a good book based in ancient Rome and I think this was one of the better stories I've read in this setting.

Sebastos Pantera is the emperor's spy. Having returned from Britain heartsick and wounded, he has no wish to continue spying. All that changes when he meets Math, a young man with a natural bent toward spying and a wish to be a chariot racer. With Math's future at stake and Emperor Nero determined to stop Rome from burning, Pantera returns to what he knows best, spying.

From the first chapter I was captured by the story. Having been forewarned there was a biblical aspect to the book I spent the entire time trying to figure out who was a biblical character and who was not. It by no means follows the traditional story and instead follows a more technical, though just as unproven, version of events. All of which is explained in the historical note at the end. While this book is possible to read without having read the Boudica series I would strongly suggest doing so. I had the feeling I was missing a large portion of the background on several of the characters, especially toward the end of the book. The author did a wonderful job describing roman life and the chariot races were very well done. It was well written, with great characters and plenty of excitement.

RenGrrl Jul 25, 2011

A fabulous read. Tight paced action and great historical detail! Plus an interesting alternate version of the origins of Christianity!

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cfspdb
Mar 08, 2010

Not enough action to keep the reader interested.

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