Publishers Weekly: The Roman Empire is at a crossroads, and Emperor Hadrian, realizing that continued expansion will make the empire's borders indefensible, decrees consolidation to a size the legions can better guard...Surviving on graft, plots, kickbacks and bribery, the Empire lurches on while Hispania is beset by slave revolts, food riots, uncollected taxes, and bad wine. And so the province's leadership must resort to a series of desperate illusions to disguise its failings. All this is recounted swiftly, with verve, panache, and a light tread that makes for a delightful, well told tale.
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"No Roads Lead to Rome" was partially inspired by the often surreal and comical situations I encountered working for large American corporation and living in Barcelona, Spain from 2000-2005.
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Living and traveling around the Mediterranean meant constant encounters with the history, artifacts, and residual vibrations of the Roman Empire, one of the world's first true superpowers.
I came to suspect that people in ancient times wrestled with similar issues to ours in modern times. Large organizations--ancient empires or modern corporations--are composed of people, and our quirks and foibles have not changed much over the years.
While history buffs may find a few bones to pick, I did extensive research to capture the sensations, sights and smells of Tarragona, Spain--Tarraco--in A.D. 123. Readers enjoy the perspective of a distant, slightly warped lens to examine both the past and present.
The humorous decline and fall continues as history repeats again in the sequel, "Aqueduct to Nowhere."
There's no time like the past to laugh at the present. Here's hoping you enjoy the read and that all your roads lead to Rome!