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About the Author
Her books are all upbeat, romantic, introspective, and keen observations of attraction, fear and completion between people who seek their soulmates. Her characters are real, honest, cerebral and complex. She brings them to life in environments packed with the atmosphere of the ancient and modern worlds, suffused with historic figures, epic battles, terrifying warlords and misogynistic popes. Reading her books is entertaining, heart-warming, educational and a buffet of sensual delights.
- Print length : 321 pages
- File size : 3599 KB
- Publication date : June 24, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B010E3WX3O
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,448,886 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book has it all. History, romance, erotism and adventure. I couldn't wait to get to the last page but at the same time I didn't want it to end.
If you haven't read any of Rebecca's books a good start would be her memoir 'The Girl Who Fell Off the Turnip Truck and put a snap my garters' which will give you an insight to the character’s personalities in her books or the start of her Superhero books, The Summer of '71. Whichever book you choose, you will get to know the author intimately. She’s in every line and every word and you will wind up being swept into her circle of friends, imagination, passions and knowledge of so many things. This author has lived one hell of a life.
Once again our protagonist Max DuPont, scholar, lover, adventurer and time traveler returns. Max wants to do more than just read about history and tell others about the implications of history on all our lives he wants to actually experience it and therefore gleam greater knowledge. In his travels he has two very willing partners eager to share in his visits to other times and places. The three of them are venturing somewhat into the unknown and do not know what possible ramifications that could arise from their time travels.
Mrs. Branch has written a taut, intriguing, well paced story that doesn't give you a chance to breath in some parts. But like the best storytellers, she knows how to ease up on the accelerator and let us take a pleasant drive through the countryside allowing our four main characters a chance to kick back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Ah!! I hear you saying to yourself. A fourth character? Who could that possibly be? I'm afraid you are going to have to read this brilliant novel to find out. Suffice to say this character plays a very important role for Max and his two intrepid friends. Again the depth and breadth of her knowledge is on full display here. It is no wonder that Mrs. Branch is a frequently requested lecturer at such prestigious institutions as the Metropolitan Museum in New York City and important venues such as Rome and other places worldwide
In case you are wondering the eroticism is present here as in her other two stories, but it is more of an important and savory spice than a main entree. At its basic heart even with all the time travel and history, A Roman Holiday is a terrific and wonderful love story. It is a love story all of us want to have in our lives. It is not just a love story between individuals but a love story for all of humanity. A love story that encompasses the rainbow of the human race. Mrs. Branch encourages us all to love who we want to love. Do not let superficial things such as race, ethnicity or gender act as a hindrance in that love. What a wonderful sentiment that we should all live our lives by.
Mrs. Branch is increasingly becoming a name that should be recognized by the public at large. She has much to give to us in her stories and writing abilities. And I get the sense there are many more arrows in her quiver that she has to shoot in terms of storytelling. A Roman Holiday gets five stars from this very pleased reader. Mrs. Branch, I'm insatiable and eagerly await your next effort. Many thanks to you.
Top reviews from other countries
If you like time travel novels, meeting and interacting with great historical figures, and participating in world-changing events, this book is a doozy.
After reading it I was overwhelmed by two major impressions. First, the love story between an AI, a robot named Ambrosia, and Caesar is more compelling than the affair between Caesar and Cleopatra. It is unforgettable, as well, for the new ground it breaks in fictional man/machine relationships.
Second, Rebecca Branch's description of a key Roman battle-- the battle of Alesia--which literally shaped the western world, is breathtaking. In the modern world who has ever heard of the Battle of Alesia? Perhaps a few esoteric scholars and military historians.
But our western world was literally shaped by the Battle of Alesia. It set in motion the future of France, England, Germany, and the whole European and Mediterranean world. Caesar wrote a famous book called De Bello Gallico as a result of it, and today that book is still a model for military reporting.
It is this juxtaposition of futuristic ideas and historical accuracy that makes Branch's writing so compelling. She is very modest about it, but it is a skill that is rare among art historians and all the more precious because of that.
Her description of the battle and the military tactics that allowed Caesar to snatch victory from the jaws of near certain defeat--he was facing a huge army far greater than his own--is as real and horrifying as the descriptions of World Wars I and II. Yet she manages to weave through it the story of time travellers Max DuPont, Sally Goldsmith, and near-human Ambrosia like pearls on a bloody necklace. They play no part in the actual battle, but they are there and reporting on it.
That part of the book is remarkable enough--but Roman Holiday is also the story of how Ambrosia, a disembodied AI in an iPhone, was given a near-human body that is so perfect only the scientists at Google know for sure. That story is also believable. It's happening now in labs throughout the world.
What amazes me is that Rebecca is not a tech genius. So many time travel novels get bogged down in endless scientific descriptions of how robotics, time machines, etc., etc., work. There is none of that mindless technical detail in this book. Oh, there is a certain amount of it. But it never dominates the thrust of the action, and instead of bewildering readers with endless justifications for her premises she just forges ahead until you find yourself nodding and saying "Yes. That's how it will happen." Or, in her case: "Yes, that's how it happened."
This book is the third in the Art Historians Super Heroes series. There is one more to come. I can't wait to crack its pages. I know whatever is in store for me it will be as surprising, loving, and fascinating as previous books have been.