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Retalio (Roma Nova Thrillers) (Volume 6) Paperback – April 27, 2017
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"RETALIO is a classic tale of resistance and resilience as an exiled Aurelia Mitela leads an army of the dispossessed to free Roma Nova from the clutches of the despicable Caius. As always Alison Morton's alternative world feels utterly authentic. RETALIO reaches an explosive climax and the only regret when the action stops is that this is the final book of a remarkable trilogy." - Douglas Jackson, author of Gaius Valerius Verrens series
"Alison Morton's RETALIO is an international thriller, full of intrigue and espionage, set against an imaginative retelling of a history that feels authentic and real. The fight-back for Roma Nova has begun, and what an entertaining ride it is!" - Matthew Harffy, author of The Bernicia Chronicles
"Tense, thrilling and incredibly timely, this is what happens when women fight back. When a progressive society is taken over by an egomaniacal despot, women can succumb or retaliate. Morton shows alarming prescience. RETALIO is a terrific concept engendering passion, love and loyalty. I actually cheered aloud." - J J Marsh, author of the Beatrice Stubbs series
"RETALIO is an engrossing read from the very first page with a cast of characters who grapple with their situation and loyalties. Aurelia is a tough but principled heroine you'll root for over the course of every twist and setback she faces as she heads towards the finale and a meeting with her arch nemesis. An exciting, gripping and page turning read." - L J Trafford, author of The Four Emperors series
About the Author
Alison Morton, writes the acclaimed Roma Nova thriller series featuring modern Praetorian heroines. She blends her deep love of Roman history with six years’ military service and a life of reading crime, adventure and thriller fiction. The first five books have been awarded the BRAG Medallion. SUCCESSIO, AURELIA and INSURRECTIO were selected as Historical Novel Society’s Indie Editor’s Choices. AURELIA was a finalist in the 2016 HNS Indie Award. The sixth, RETALIO, is out on 27 April 2017. A ‘Roman nut’ since age 11, Alison has misspent decades clambering over Roman sites throughout Europe. She holds a MA History, blogs about Romans and writing. Now she continues to write, cultivates a Roman herb garden and drinks wine in France with her husband of 30 years.
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Not that the women are all that powerful in the opening scenes of this book: the previous instalment ended with the Caius Tellus successful coup, whereby the matriarchal structures which had ruled Roma Nova since the 4th century were smashed to pieces and replaced with…Caius.
Obviously, our heroine Aurelia Mitela is not about to accept this turn of events, and as the name implies, this is a book about retaliation. But things rarely come for free in life—nor do they necessarily turn out as one wants.
As always, Ms Morton delivers a fast-paced adventure, very much driven by the excellent dialogue. The descriptions are vivid, the plot is compelling, and the main characters are easy to relate to, even if few of us would have the fortitude and courage of these Roma Novan ladies. My one little gripe is that the last few chapters felt a bit rushed—but that may just be me.
It is with regret I close the book, hoping, of course, that Ms Morton will continue developing her Roma Nova world!
I must admit to being curious about how writers imagine an alternate timeline in history without reverting to fantasy, and creating a totally different world within a world. Alison Morton has written a series, complete with a credible history, of a small country arising from Ancient Rome, led by women. This book brings the reader to present day and completes the series. Not having read the previous five books, I must say here, I am impresses at how well this last book was written. Without reading tedious details, I learned of the history, the main players, what led to the situation the people were in when the book opened, and the characters of those same persons.
Morton set the stage, the action began, and I was engrossed in the atmosphere within a few paragraphs. In short, this book can stand alone quite well. It was deftly written; contains rich descriptions of the people, country, customs, manner of dress, relationships with other countries, and personal characteristics of many people. The variety of personalities, their actions, and talk with each other brought the group alive. With as many people involved as there are in this series, it a testament to the skills of Morton that I was able to recognize and remember them without remaining in a state of confusion.
There is a lot going on in this book; the action never stops. The history of what has transpired drives the people to act as they do when the book opens. As the story progresses, history is being made by those same people; it will contain dark moments. As to the rest, you must make your own judgements.
My takeaway from this book can be summed up easily; people are the same all over our entire world, today and in our collective past. The question pondered for centuries is how to identify, and neutralize, those who are dangerous to society before they are in a position to do great harm. I have my own thoughts on this subject, but they do not belong in this forum. What will you think?
I enjoyed this book for the story itself and the writing that brought it alive in my mind. While possibly not the aim of the author, it nudged me to ponder more than one question that arose as I read. This book can be enjoyed on many levels by readers with varying interests. I can recommend,it without any qualms, to anyone from young adults in age and up. If you have been curious about this series and bypassed it because it is a series, stop and take look. I found it to be a great read!
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