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Sejanus (A Marcus Corvinus mystery) by [Wishart, David]
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It is evident that Wishart is a fine scholar and perfectly at home in the period Sunday Times Enjoyable ... an ingenious solution to this ancient mystery Sunday Telegraph Innate humour and pace carry one through to the tragi-comic climax Irish Times

About the Author

David Wishart studied Classics at Edinburgh University. He then taught Latin and Greek in school for four years and after this retrained as a teacher of EFL. He lived and worked abroad for eleven years, working in Kuwait, Greece and Saudi Arabia, and now lives with his wife and family in Scotland.

Product Details

  • File Size: 823 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (November 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340825324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340825327
  • ASIN: B005V2241U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,599 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I warmed to this series slowly, but enjoy it so much now I can't wait to get the next one ... the only sex is alluded to and not described, and the couple is married; the violence is minor, although these are murder mysteries, but not graphic; my only complaint early on was the casual language of the protagonist, who talks as if he's a tough 20th century Brit, which grated on me at first. But it's part of who he is and he grows on you! The plots are very grounded in Roman history, and set during the last of the reign of Tiberius, with some great back story. Give them a go, they get better and better! I have been a fan of Lindsey Davis for years, this is an earlier Rome and from the view of a patrician, but he's nearly as likeable as Marcus Didius Falco! (both have great wives ...)
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I'm an unabashed fan of historical fiction, particularly novels set in the Roman Republic and early Principate. Wishart is quite competent and entertaining, and "Sejanus" is possibly the best of the Corvinus novels (although I still think "Virgil" is Wishart's personal best). The characters, particularly the protagonist, are somewhat "caricatured in charcoal", but the mood of the period is quite well rendered, and the plot is mildly entertaining (if you're into this sort of thing). Overall, I consider Wishart roughly on a par with Saylor, and to me that's pretty hearty praise (though I still think that McCullough is definitely superior to all of her competitors).
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A well written and very believable descriptive account of how one of the ancient worlds evil characters impinged his influence on
events of the early first century and what extraordinary measures had to be taken to thwart and destroy him.
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David Wishart was born in Arbroath, Scotland. He studied Classics - Latin and Greek - at Edinburgh University and after graduation taught for four years in a secondary school. He then retrained as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and worked abroad for eleven years, in Kuwait, Greece and Saudi Arabia. He returned to Scotland in 1990 and now lives with his family in Carnoustie, mixing writing with teaching EFL and study skills at Dundee University.

Following the funeral of his father Marcus Corvinus is approached by two member of the senate. They would like Marcus to do a `number' on Sejanus, deputy and likely successor to the present Emperor Tiberius. There brief is to find out anything and everything about his past, particularly if it something Sejanus would prefer kept quiet.

Marcus cannot resist the thrill of the chase and the opportunity to once again test his powers of detection. However his investigations uncover a trail of betrayal, treason and murder. Has our amateur sleuth got more than he bargained for this time?
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You can feel the malevolence of the man though out the story. Hard not to picture Patrick Stewart from the I, Claudius BBC series while reading.
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Among the many unlovely characters of the early Empire, Tiberius and Sejanus were among the unloveliest. And now our poor Corvinus is mixed up with them! He is back into the middle of the Roman political scene, investigating the background of the Emperor Tiberius' favorite, Sejanus. A dangerous task indeed, and a very good entry in this series
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Yeah, folks complain that these books are sort of modern-day-detective-like, but that makes them fun. I mean, who knows what sort of street lingo was used in ancient Rome?
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Fast paced close to history. Really pointed up why and who. And the twists were "Oh Yeah!". Worth a 2nd read.... something I don't usually do.
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