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Conspiracies Of Rome (Aelric) Paperback – January 8, 2009

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Aelric Series

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[Blake] knows how to deliver a fast-paced story and his grasp of the period is impressively detailed

Mail on Sunday on The Terror of Constantinople

As always, Blake writes with immense historical and classical erudition, while displaying an ability to render 1500-year-old conversations in realistically colloquial English.

C4SS on The Blood of Alexandria

Blake's plotting is as brilliantly devious as the mind of his sardonic and very earthy hero. This is a story of villainy that reels you in from its prosaic opening through a series of death-defying thrills and spills.―Lancashire Evening Post on The Ghosts of Athens

Fascinating to read, very well written, an intriguing plot and I enjoyed it very much.―Derek Jacobi on Conspiracies of Rome

I can't resist recommending this first volume of a promised trilogy. Set during the last pangs of Imperial Rome, with a vivid account of the machinations of the early Church, it is well-informed, atmospheric and beautifully written.―Literary Review on Conspiracies of Rome

It would be hard to over-praise this extraordinary series, a near-perfect blend of historical detail and atmosphere with the plot of a conspiracy thriller, vivid characters, high philosophy and vulgar comedy.

Morning Star on The Sword of Damascus

[Blake's] plotting can seem off-puttingly anarchic until the penny drops that everyone is simultaneously embroiled in multiple, often conflicting, scams. Aelric's survival among the last knockings of empire in Constantinople depends not on deducing who wants him dead, but who wants him dead at any given moment.―The Daily Telegraph on The Terror of Constantinople

About the Author

Richard Blake is a lecturer, historian, broadcaster and writer who lives in Kent.
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Product Details

  • Series: Aelric (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (January 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340951133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340951132
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rob Northrup on April 7, 2009
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Part thriller, part mystery, part history lesson.

I love historical fiction and this is the best I have ever read. As a big fan of Ken Follett's best work like Pillars of the Earth I am always looking for more great books like it...

Conspiracies of Rome perfectly captures a time and a place that we don't hear much about- 7th Century Rome. At this point, Rome is all ready in full decline after the fall. The people here are grappling with the fact that they have been on top for a thousand years and now they are no longer king of the hill. And all that entails.

There are interesting parallels to the present world situation and it brings up many important things to ponder.

For a book that is this good, I am surprised at the lack of reviews here. Just get this book, you will be rewarded...
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Rome in its darkest age is poignantly depicted in this exquisite historical thriller, featuring the barbarous Aelric traveling with Father Maximin to Rome in a literary quest to salvage cultural treasure from oblivion, books to copy and send to an England whose contact with Rome, no more caput mundi but still harbouring a powerful Catholic Church has recently been renewed. As with the Republivcan Rome by Steven Saylor, you feel its spirit in the writing of the Author, more learned than ut seems. Aelric will find himself in a web of conspiracy, where no-one could be trusted to be what he-she claims to be. a gripping, wholly satisfying read!
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Congratulations to the author for a wonderfully effective setting of 7th. century Italy. His powerful descriptions of the crumbling and decaying grandeur that had once been ancient Rome are quite superb. Lots of very strongly presented characters also add to the mix. This, together with the first person telling of the tale by the irreverent, libidinous outrageous and bitingly witty Aelric makes this novel a pleasure to read. Felt he did use a few too many "modernisms" in his speech that grated a little with me. He was "bombed out" by the pills. He was "fagged out" after a hard day. Minor irritation!
Since I am not a huge murder mystery fan and, almost certainly due to my own inadequacies, I subsequently missed a lot of the logic that was revealed in the unravelling of this one. I also personally thought the main thrust of the plot was a little flimsy and unbelievable.
That said, I am ready to proceed with Aelric on his continuing adventures.
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By FG on February 22, 2015
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Somewhat long description of places at times. Overall good tempo. Good reading material for a snowy afternoon. Would read another from this author.
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Weird storyline, lot of foul language, going for book 2 - I am looking fir a good book about the end of the Ronan empire
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This is a well-written and fun book. That said, beware that it is the same novel as "The Column of Phocas" by Sean Gabb. Mr. Blake uses the pseudonym of "Sean Gabb".
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