An ancient empire. A terrifying threat to the world's superpower. Only one man can stop it.
Rome: maverick military historian Myles Munro is on holiday with girlfriend and journalist Helen Bridle. He's convinced a bomb is about to be detonated at the American embassy.
New York: a delivery van hurtling through Wall Street blows up, showering the sky with a chilling message: America is about to be brought down like the Roman Empire. Juma, an African warlord set free by the Arab Spring, plans to make it happen.
When a US senator is taken hostage, a chilling chain of events begins, and Myles finds himself caught in a race against time to stop Juma. But he's not prepared for the shocking truth that the woman he once loved - Juma's wife, Placidia - has now become a terrorist.
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"Only one man can stop a terrorist plot"
Military historian Myles Munro is caught up in a tornado of activity as people from his past come back to haunt him and ask for his help. A US Senator is taken hostage and the United States is threatened with terrorist attacks that will take the country back to the stone age. Or should I say the time of the fall of Rome.
The narration for Last Prophecy of Rome is done by Tim Bentinck and he absolutely crushes it. He's a British narrator (or at least he narrates in a British accent) which just adds another level to this already interesting story. Bentinck's smooth voice made listening to this book easy and enjoyable.
This story had a lot going on in it, but I never felt overwhelmed. King has a way of writing intricate and interesting plots that are both deep and fun to follow. The entire time I was reading this I felt like I was with Munro as he tried to stop plot after plot.
As a history nerd also, the tie-in's to ancient Rome were really different. I thought that King did a great job tying ancient history into modern times. This allowed for a lot of fast-paced action and deep thinking to interweave throughout the story.
Overall, I felt riveted to my seat the entire novel. I loved the Munro character and I'm excited that there is at least one more story in this series with his character in it. I haven't looked yet, but if there is an audiobook I really hope that Bentinck does that one too. He was the perfect voice for Munro.
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I found this a bit farfetched at times and I struggled often to figure out the books outlook on things. Also, the characters didn't seem clear to me really. However, I did finish it and wanted it and might read others by this person if stuck. Myles is an unusual hero. It's hard to imagine a series based on him. One minute he has PTSD, then that seems to be dropped once it's not needed anymore and from then on he's fine. The narration was good.
I love political thrillers and this sort of history-based mystery, but I just found the story unexciting and the prose and dialogue repetitive. I got about halfway through the book and just couldn't stand to hear "How would they prevent the United States from the fate of Rome?" one more time. Had to stop.
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