- File Size: 1297 KB
- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (October 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0167QV6US
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,195,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Print List Price:||$13.95|
Save $6.96 (50%)
The Deadliest Hate (A Miriam bat Isaac Mystery in Ancient Alexandria Book 2) Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I confess – at first, reading some of Ms. Trop's descriptions, I thought that she was simply showing off the results of her research into the millieu she set her tale. Soon, I realized that my initial impression was premature – the author was, in fact, successfully painting an image of the environs in which Miriam was wandering. Looking through this relatively short book, it was easily possible for the reader to close their eyes and picture themselves in Judea during the Roman occupation.
I was not able to embrace the characters in this book as easily as in some others. It's definitely not a requirement that a reader love the characters in order to fully enjoy a book, but I certainly prefer those in which the protagonists touch a pleasant tone within me. This could be due to the fact I jumped into the second book in this series. (I had no trouble following the plot or understanding the characters; the book avoided a common fault in series).
In summary – I enjoyed this book, but I did not absolutely fall in love with it. Still, I would like to read the first book in the series, and would be interested to see if my first impression wavers when future books are released.
RATING: 4 stars.
DISCLOSURE: I was awarded a free copy of this book in a random draw. No requirement of a review was made, let alone any conditions on the tone / content of a review, however, it was suggested that “an honest review would be appropriate” upon winning.
This story is extremely interesting and well paced. The background is scholarly researched and unusual. It presents us with a fascinating look into life, particularly Jewish life, in early Roman empire times. The book would be worth reading for that alone.
June Trop's Miriam bat Isaac is familiar to readers of The Deadliest Lie, the first book in this series, which I also recommend. She is an alchemist, which is an unusual occupation for a woman of those times, and a strong woman, with whom readers of both sexes can relate and like.
In this book, she journeys to Caesarea and we follow her adventures through the streets, shops, homes, public buildings and amphitheater of that city. Here we are presented not only with the sights of Caesarea but also the smells and the dangers of that city.
The description of fights between different types of gladiators in the amphitheater shows us how the Romans made their deadly sport more interesting by arming various categories of gladiators differently and pitting a combatant from one group against an opponent very differently armed, and having in addition different physical talents.
I could say more about this book, but I suggest that you read it, and discover for yourself what a great read it is.