--Jess, Big Al's Books and Pals, 5 Stars
A fascinating and intriguing work of historical fiction.
Midwest Book Review -- 5 stars
This book begins with the poem, "The Silent Dead" by Catullus and perfectly sets the stage for the beginning of this most inspiring and heartbreaking work.
There is a tension throughout that is well worth savoring, a sort of dread that fills the reader as things start to go wrong. -- Alice Y. Yeh (5 Stars) --Stimulated Outlet Book Reviews
Historical fiction readers will relish this powerful thriller that brings vividly to the armchair audience first century Rome.
--Harriet Klausner, The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews
From the Author
I traveled to Rome twice, and on my second trip I hired a scholar who specialized in the year I'm writing about, A.D. 63-64, to give me a tour of the Forum. One of the most useful books I found was History of the Vestal Virgins of Rome, published in 1934 by T. Cato Worsfold. I also wrote to Colleen McCullough, and she was kind enough to write back. She gave me the name of an out-of-print book that I've used a lot, Festivals and Ceremonies of the Roman Republic, by H.H. Scullard. I have shelves of books about Roman history and Paul of Tarsus. Very little has been written about vestal virgins--but that gave me quite a bit of leeway. After all, I'm writing fiction!