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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.
"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.
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!
The writing was decent, but hammier than expected. Some parts were amusing, though most of it came off like he was trying too hard.Published 9 months ago by Jordan B. Johnson
Very enjoyable. Since Ron and I shared similar experiences at work I recognized the satire. Well done!Published 10 months ago by John F. Meyer
On the ragged edge of the Roman Empire a dead governor leaves behind the opportunity of a lifetime in the town of Tarraco. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Gompertz really knows his way around a chuckle. His facility with the language is impeccable. This is a very clever, well-written book. I enjoyed it immensely.Published 18 months ago by Chris McKerracher
Another hilarious jaunt through the garden spot of Hispania, the city of Tarraco. I say another as I read the second book in the series,Aqueduct to Nowhere, first. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Paul Bennett
This story was exciting and a fun read. The details describing early Rome were wonderful. The author, R.S. Gompertz, kept me guessing in this mystery. Enjoyable Read! Read morePublished 22 months ago by S. Colvin
I will open by stating for the record that This book is Historical Fiction, but with the emphasis heavily tilted towards the fiction part. Read morePublished 22 months ago by SJATurney
Truly enjoyable book, with witty satire and multiple plot lines that run nicely in parallel. Took me about 3 pages to realize I didn't need to delve into (or feebly attempt to... Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Bruce Dresser
I enjoyed this book, but it was just a little too silly for me. If you like silly this book is for you.Published on January 7, 2013 by Alex