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Excellent book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-19

I've fallen in love with the Roma Nova series. The premise of the books is a place where the traditions and traits of Ancient Rome are carried forward, in a hidden away country, to the present day. Although the series is (so far) 8 books long, it is actually two sets of 4 about two different, but related, characters. This is the first of the first batch, but is set in time after the second batch but it doesn't matter terribly which of the batches you start with. This is a fast paced, thrilling book; well written and with totally brilliant characterisation. The people in all of the Roma Nova books feel very real, as does the place and its way of life. If you like Lindsey Davis and Ruth Downie, you will love these, but with Ms Morton's expertise in the military background, these books will also appeal to people who like a bit of action in their stories too. I found the narrator excellent, with good attention to small details like the difference in pronunciation for the American characters vs the rest of the world.

Poor sound quality

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-19

Great book in the original but sound is very muffled and ruins it. I gave it a go, but it was impossible.

Different, but utterly believable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-19

This book attracted me by the fascinating concept of the ancient Roman way of life surviving into modern times. I was dubious to start with, but it quickly became real to me, possibly because I have recently finished a read through (again) of the ancient Rome Falco novels. The transition of the ancient Rome life into the modern day was well handled and the characters are both attractive and believable. It's not really a whodunit, but has plenty of plot twists and turns anyway. Although I was aware that this is a series of books and this isn't the first, I chose to start with it as it is a prequel to the others and doing it this way felt right. I look forward to reading the next (first) book.

Loved this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-18

I admit that I read this one with reluctance, given the Big Event at the end of the previous book (no spoilers). However, I loved it. It swiftly climbed the listings of my favourite LMB's books right up to second - Civil Campaign being up there at the top. Jole is a very likeable character and, as with all LMB's characters, you really feel that you get under his skin.

Really enjoyed this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-17

This is a beautifully crafted and well written book which is enhanced by the excellent narrator. It's by no means a thriller, and is a relatively gentle 'whodunnit', but you would realise that from the synopsis. I did work out quite early on who the culprit was, but the story is none the worse for that, and it in no way spoilt my enjoyment of the story. As soon as I had finished it, I came online to get the next in the series, just to be disappointed by the fact that there weren't any more and it was only published earlier this year! I will certainly look out for others in this series.

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Very unfair for people to complain

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-17

I find it extraordinary that people are complaining that this is a compliation of previously released stories. Don't they read the blurb???? It says quite clearly "The ninth book in The Chronicles of St Mary's Series collects the best-selling short stories in audio for the first time." It then goes on to say at the end "And a bonus a new and previously unpublished short story - 'A Perfect Storm'." How could this have been made clearer? And to cap that, it is ridiculously easy to get credits back from Audible if a book isn't liked. Get your credit back and next time, read the description first and don't blame others for your own shortcomings!

This book was issued primarily as a paper back for people who do not have Kindles or Audio after massive requests, because issuing short stories in paperback is not commercially viable. It wasn't intended to issue it in Audio also, but again, the fans asked for this. At the ridiculously low prices that these are available, neither the author nor the publisher is going to be retiring on the profits, for goodness sake!

If are buying this because you want it, don't hesitate. The books are totally brilliant, the short stories in particular are fun, but if you haven't read the 'full' books they may seem a little disjointed as they are 'fillers'. The narrator is also fantastic and adds so much to the story by reading it so well.

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Took a little while, but worth it

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-17

I found this spin off from the Falco novels a bit hard going to start with, but I think that was mainly unfamiliarity with what felt like it should be a familiar cast, but actually there was no reason why it should be. Also, felt odd hearing them with a female narrator, but again, that was as it should be. Once I settled down and started getting to know the people, Lindsey Davis great storytelling came though and I thoroughly enjoyed it, buying the second one as soon as i'd finished the first.

Excellent Falco - but first 5* for this narrator

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-17

Story excellent, well up to standard, and great to meet Flavia Albia at last. My main reason for writing this review is to say - fair's fair - this is the first time i've really enjoyed this narrator's work. He has shed all the cretinous accents and manners he gave to the other characters and I couldn't fault it.

Good, but not my favourite

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-17

Storyline was enjoyable as usual, but this is my least favourite so far. For my liking, way too much of the narrative was in the form of reports and court episodes, especially the former. It almost felt that it had been done in a rush and the reports were a quick fix. Narrator ok, but some of the pronunciations were not as i imagine them.

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Yet another excellent Falco

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-17

The story is, as ever, excellent and gripping. The characters are maturing and developing, especially that of Falco as he gets a bit older and wiser. Not as brash and coarse as he was as a raw lad. Normally i don't like this narrator's work and prefer the other main narrator, but he really got to grips with this one and resisted the urge to make the other characters sound like morons. This is definitely my favourite of his narrations so far.