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The Senator's Assignment Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B07J5HTM4G
- Publisher : Top Hat Books (October 26, 2018)
- Publication date : October 26, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1377 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1785358553
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,504,917 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was a well written, interesting book. I found the many names, as unfamiliar as they are to today, to be a bit confusing at times, but that did not distract from the story. The story is a definite winner, as it sheds light on a time and characters most of us never really give much thought to, with a to-die-for plot. The plot was well thought-out and researched, filled with intrigue and excitement throughout. The settings were also spot-on, as I felt I was right there in the middle of the Roman Empire of the time. This book brings out another side of the life and times we often do not understand well or think much about, except in history classes or when a historian, or if one is a “student of history”. I think anyone who is interested in history, especially of that era, or who enjoys historical novels/romances will find this and interesting read. I received this from NetGalley to read and review.
It's one thing to be given a mission from Tiberius himself, it's quite another when that mission is to find proof of treason on none other than Aelius Sejanus. The protagonist in this lively tale, Senator Vivius Marcianus, intelligent, thoughtful, resourceful - all qualities he needs to survive the shrewd, calculating Pilate and his equally conniving wife while in Palestine, and the ensnaring tentacles of Sejanus while in Rome. This particular rendition of Sejanus, his unfettered lust for power, is worthy of Sir Patrick Stewart's portrayal in I, Claudius. The environs of Rome and various Palestine locations, ripe with the smells, discordant with the noise, pulsing with intrigue, provide a perfect backdrop to the events, and activities Vivius endures in an ever deepening, and dangerous mission. A splendid, entertaining tale - another glimpse into the Tiberius/Sejanus relationship.
The book had more potential than manifested, however. I would have liked more character development. I never understood what made the primary female character Aurelia tick. Histon did a better job giving life to peripheral characters like Claudia and Lucanus (I really liked Lucanus, perhaps because he had some quirks, as well as a lot of heart). It took a while for me to invest in the main character, Vivius. I'm not sure whether that was because the author didn't flesh him out early on or because he didn't evolve until halfway through the book. His evolution into a more caring suitor and a Roman official who developed a sense of justice (one that went beyond securing favor with the emperor) was quite credible. Less credible, however, was Vivius' sudden ability to get closure on his miserable childhood. Was it because his successful mission in Palestine made him feel sufficiently good about himself that he no longer needed approval from his deceased, withholding father? Maybe. But I'm just guessing. The author didn't connect the dots, at least not for me. And the closure, while dramatically expressed, plays out too quickly IMHO. The book would also have benefited from a more comprehensive edit to eliminate typos, misspellings, grammatical errors, punctuation inconsistencies and repetitious descriptions (one example: characters did a lot of moving tongue around the inside of the mouth to convey unease). Ironically, those glitches stood out more because Histon's wordsmithing skills were otherwise high-level.
I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley, in return for an honest review.
A competent and entertaining historical thriller, with some pacing issues but a well crafted plot. I read an reviewed an ARC courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, all opinions are my own.
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The Senator's assignment is the first novel by Joan Histon. Historical fiction in Roman times. Highly recommended.