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Conspiracies Of Rome (Aelric) Paperback – January 8, 2009
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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.
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[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
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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...
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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Not a whole lot to say. I quit about a third of the way through. This was clearly well-researched but fails on the plot and story overall.Published 17 days ago by Kwame M
I wanted to like this better, but despite the setting, (early 7th century Rome), the characters and plot were too cliche.Published 16 months ago by R. N. Sulentic
If I wanted to write book reviews I would have majored in literature instead of engineering. But then I probably couldn't buy books.Published on October 4, 2013 by Joy Alwan
This book is up to Richard Blake's usual high standard and attention to historical detail. And is a rewarding read.Published on January 29, 2013 by Davey