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INCEPTIO (Roma Nova Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alison Morton
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Book Description

"Grips like a vice - a writer to watch out for." - Adrian Magson author of the Harry Tate spy thrillers

New York, present day. Karen Brown, angry and frightened after surviving a kidnap attempt, has a harsh choice – being eliminated by government enforcer Jeffery Renschman or fleeing to the mysterious Roma Nova, her dead mother’s homeland in Europe.

Founded sixteen centuries ago by Roman exiles and ruled by women, Roma Nova gives Karen safety and a ready-made family - at a price. But a shocking discovery about her new lover, the fascinating but arrogant special forces officer Conrad Tellus, who rescued her in America, isolates her.

Renschman reaches into her new home and nearly kills her. Recovering, she is desperate to find out why he is hunting her so viciously. Unable to rely on anybody else, she undergoes intensive training, develops fighting skills and becomes an undercover cop. But crazy with bitterness at his past failures, Renschman sets a trap for her, knowing she has no choice but to spring it...

– B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree
– shortlisted for the 2013 International Rubery Book Award
– finalist in 2014 Writing Magazine Self-Published Book of the Year

Editorial Reviews


"Grips like a vice - a writer to watch out for." - Adrian Magson author of the Harry Tate spy thrillers

"Terrific. Brilliantly plotted original story, grippingly told and cleverly combining the historical with the futuristic. It's a real edge-of-the seat read, genuinely hard to put down." - Sue Cook, writer and broadcaster

"I loved it! Intriguing, unusual and thought-provoking. Karen develops from a girl anyone of us could know into one of the toughest heroines I've read for a while. Roma Nova was a world I really wanted to visit - and not just to meet Conrad - vivid and compelling. A pacey, suspenseful thriller with a truly dreadful villain, I can't recommend Inceptio enough." - Kate Johnson, author of The UnTied Kingdom

"Tense, fast-paced and deliciously inventive, Alison Morton's INCEPTIO soon had me turning the pages. Very Dashiell Hammett." - Victoria Lamb, author of The Queen's Secret "Gripping. Alison Morton creates a fully realised world of what could have been. Breathtaking action, suspense, political intrigue... Inceptio is a tour de force!" - Russell Whitfield, author of Gladiatrix and Roma Victrix

About the Author

Alison Morton loves historical fiction and thrillers. A 'Roman nut' since age 11, she has visited sites throughout Europe including the alma mater, Rome. But it was walking on the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) that triggered her wondering what a Roman society would be like if run by women. Always enjoying well-written romantic suspense and thrillers with a twist, 'what if' alternate history fiction had particularly intrigued her.

So when she came to novel writing in reaction to a really dire film, alternate history thrillers  featuring a strong female character in a Roman themed world weren't so unlikely! 

INCEPTIO starts the Roma Nova series and our heroine's own story, PERFIDITAS (betrayal), finds her caught between two men and falsely accused of conspiracy. In SUCCESSIO, chickens come home to roost as the next generation enters the scene...
Alison has also published a history ebook, Military or Civilians? The curious anomaly of the German Women's Auxiliary Services during the Second World War and for new writers, The 500 Word Writing Buddy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1795 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1781320624
  • Publisher: SilverWood Books (March 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K5OO4QW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inceptio Review April 28, 2014
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See this review and more at my blog, <a href="">A Bibliotaph's Reviews</a>.

Alternative Histories are fun to read, they show a side to history that all historians, both past and present, enjoy questioning. They focus on the 'What if...' side of the story. Inceptio is no exception to this idea of asking the 'What if' questions, challenging history with the question of 'What if one key person had lost a battle that decided Rome's fate?' and 'What if this splinter cell of Roman descendants broke off and formed their own nation and survived?'

Inceptio starts in modern day New York where Karen Brown is having a very bad day. Having collard a group of teenagers picking on an elderly man, she's found herself in hot water for having punched out the son of a prominent politician. Forced to resign her duties as a volunteer park enforcer, Karen finds that she's slowly getting sucked into what is rapidly starting to feel like a nightmare. She's got a tail on her, though she can't imagine why, and at her regular job, she's trying to put together the biggest presentation of her career so far. Enter Conrad, a stunning man from Roma Nova acting as a translator for Karen's client.

Karen's life, still in shambles from her loss of the park job and the feeling of freedom it gave her, is upended rather unceremoniously as she and Conrad quickly become something more than just business associates. She's quickly introduced to the fact that she's extremely wealthy and she has a living grandmother who is one of the heads of a very prominent family in Roma Nova.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing Alternate Reality October 22, 2013
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Inceptio is an intriguing blend of thriller, specifically the spy/espionage sub-genre, alternate reality, and a bit of drama from the standpoint of losing one's home and being introduced to a completely new culture.

The alternate reality functions as a huge draw for the reader: how would history have changed if X instead of Y? What nuances and subtle but important details would exist in this other America (the EUS actually), or over in a Europe where WWI took over ten years to wrap up, but WWII never happened? The alternate reality created in the book functions near flawlessly: the EUS is xenophobic and paranoid, and Roma Nova is sophisticated, tough, and intriguing. Plus, Latin is still alive as a language! How cool right?

In terms of characters, there are enough to require a Dramatis Personae section at the back, but most are drawn very well, from the cool and ironic Apollodorus to the passionate and skillful Conrad. It was difficult to choose a favorite character (Aurelia was every bit the iron-willed grandmother type, though Lurio's logical sarcasm brought out several nice chuckles), which is a hallmark of good writing.

Indeed, there were times where the reader is hooked right in, and the alternate universe functions to intrigue the reader. Karen's descent from white collar stiff to paranoid shut-in was brilliantly handled. Other fresh, lively scenes had the hallmarks of excellent writing as well (most everything with Apollodorus was compelling, driving me to turn the pages quickly).

The graphics at Act breaks were well done, and the cover is excellent as well.

Yet there are some drawbacks.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional novel, impossible to put down! August 25, 2013
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This book was an experience I will never forget, from its very first pages. This novel is about a journey into a very real alternate world, as it collides with current times. Its lead character, Karen Brown, was immediately relatable; her life full of mystery, excitement and even romance.

So often, I find the "alternate world" genre somewhat derivative and often recognizable as a real place. However, Ms. Morton has brought us so much more than that---in her creation of a believable alternative world, one with it's own history and relatable, exciting characters. This novel is fast-paced, well-researched and one I highly recommend! Quite simply, I could not put it down! I hope this book is one in a series, bringing us more excitement from Ms. Morton's Roma Nova!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roma Nova rocks! January 4, 2014
By Anna B
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Ms Morton has written a well-plotted and intriguing story, set in the fictitious state of Roma Nova. Through tantalising glimpses, the reader builds his/her own vision of this little country, a remnant of the Roman Empire now ruled by women. Personally, I found Roma Nova one of the more interesting aspects of the novel, as was the concept of a civilisation constructed round women rather than men. Likewise, the brief insight into the Eastern United States and its history left me wishing for more. Should Ms Morton publish a companion piece along the lines of "Welcome to Roma Nova", I would be very tempted to buy it!

Otherwise, Inceptio is very much an adrenaline spiked action/thriller, starring capable and gutsy Karen Brown, soon to be Carina Mitela. The plot is well-constructed and tumbles along at a most satisfying speed - but there are moments when the pace drops, such as when the bad guy resurfaces like for like the fifth time, Personally, I think the novel would have gone from "very good" to "excellent" had more time been spent on developing the non-action aspects of the story, including Carina's relationship with Conrad and Aurelia.
Written in first person, Inceptio gives plenty of insight into Carina and how she thinks/reacts. Ms Morton provides a good back story, making it easy for the reader to accept just how easily Carina embraces her new life and family in Roma Nova.
The novel contains some third person passages, mainly to allow the borderline insane bad guy to explain his behaviour. It would have been interesting to have some of those third person passages dedicated to Conrad, thereby making him more accessible to the reader. Having said that, Ms Morton succeeds in delivering a tight, well-written story with a strong first person narrative and enough action to keep me up and reading well after my bedtime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow bits, but interesting suspense
Karen Brown is a citizen of the EUS--she thinks. She doesn't know she is the heiress to, not ONE, but TWO fortunes, and has dual citizenship! Her other is Roma Novan. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Ginny
5.0 out of 5 stars Step into another world
A great novel is the story of a worthy character. So it is from the beginning of "Inceptio." You will meet Karen Brown and begin to watch her transformation into her... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Me A Flight For Roma Nova!
This was the first time I’ve read any contemporary novels in the “alternative history” genre and it went way beyond my expectations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathryn
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I couldn't really get into the characters or the story line. Skimmed to the end.
Published 3 months ago by Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly narrated, a tour de force of dramatic invention
A truly gripping story with all the elements of a modern classic saga. The action is narrated by Karen Brown, the protagonist, a device which always provides tension and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dolphin
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fast-moving alternate history
purchased this quite a while back, waited to get all 3 before starting to read. Normally not that interested in alternate history stories so this was a bit different for me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gordon L
4.0 out of 5 stars Change of Pace. Good read.
Different, very different take on a world not like ours. Part Armageddon and Part Fantasy. Very interesting.
Published 10 months ago by L. Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative tale of adventure and romance in an alternate time line
Immensely creative, Inceptio, takes place in an alternate time line where a modern day Roman state thrives in the alps. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Thornraven
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a new world of mystery, intrigue and romance!
I received this book from goodreads in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Alison Morton!
First of all, I wasn't sure what to expect from an alternate world (present... Read more
Published 10 months ago by TAH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dynamic Read
This book covered a multitude of genre all cleverly captured into a dynamic read The story starts out in the United States but after a series of mishaps that threatens her freedom... Read more
Published 10 months ago by B Farrell
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More About the Author

Even before she pulled on her first set of combats, Alison Morton was fascinated by the idea of women soldiers. Brought up by a feminist mother and an ex-military father, it never occurred to her that women couldn't serve their country in the armed forces. Everybody in her family had done time in uniform and in theatre - regular and reserve Army, RAF, WRNS, WRAF.

So busy in her day job, Alison joined the Territorial Army in a special communications regiment and left as a captain, having done all sorts of interesting and exciting things no civilian would ever know or see. Or that she can talk about, even now...

But but something else fuels her writing... Fascinated by the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain), at their creation by the complex, power and value-driven Roman civilisation started her wondering what a modern Roman society would be like if run by strong women...

Now, she writes Roman-themed alternate history thrillers with tough heroines - more at

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