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From the author of the highly rated Ruins Of Mars Trilogy: The Man from Rome is a pulse pounding mythological thriller, set in modern-day Rome.

When the brutalized body of a young woman is dredged from the Tiber river, an ancient vendetta between warring immortals flares to life once more. The ensuing fallout unleashes violence and chaos upon the streets of Rome, the likes of which few are equipped to handle. Those that are, take sides, turning Rome into a theater or war; a battleground of supernatural savagery.

Complete with stunning set pieces, a wiley cast of characters, and a location befitting of the action, The Man from Rome is sure to thrill and entertain.

©2017 Dylan Quarles (P)2019 Dylan Quarles

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Interesting concept but falls a bit flat

I loved the idea of this book and the mixing of human characters and people from Roman (well Greek really )myths was well done to start with but in the end just became a shoot-em-up. I also refuse to believe anyone doesn’t know what happens when you plant dragon teeth. Did Ray Harryhausen teach us nothing?

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Great premise, Very Good execution

I read and listen to a lot of books and have a very eclectic taste from, Stephen King to Jeffery Archer and everyone in between. The main genres I listen to are Science fiction and Fantasy novels. To give you an idea of some of my current tastes, Some of my favourite books I have read over the last year are the rebel stars series, Rainwilld Chronicles and Mountain men as a few highlights. So to start with i would of given 3.5 stars but felt was better than just good. The premise of the story is fantastic, Gods, ancients and a load of things in between based in the modern world. I really liked how the author managed to keep the characters authentic to both their mythology but the realities of modern day life incorporating many different aspects into a well woven tale. The story sucked me in from the first scene and I managed to listen to the whole story within a few days. I am not a big one for spoilers so I wont go into details I just felt that the pace of the book changed over the last 1/4 and I felt that it was rushed along faster than I would of liked this may of not been as big a factor for me if I hadn't felt absorbed within the story and the world that the author had created. The book ultimately ended in a pleasing way and I would definitely recommend it. The narrator was new to me but the pronunciation, Tone and Cadence was spot on.

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My long awaited return to audiobooks

I am enjoying this audiobook very much. The story is quite unexpected and continues the keep me interested as it develops. The narration is fantastic! Harry Frost has a charming voice to listen to and a strong grip on the characters voices and personalities he is conveying to the listener. Great listen all round!

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Gods and Demigods in modern Rome = chaos

Set in Modern Day Rome yet could be back in ancient times as gods, demigods and 'The Man battle it out with simple humans getting in the as always. I loved this novel just as I loved reading the Greek and Roman stories of their gods _ I won't call them myths as who knows maybe those past tales all a garbled oral history. I admit took me a couple of chapters to really fall into the story but once I did I was hooked and stayed hooked to the end and I want to go along on the quest I hope its chronicled. The book is a complete account and the quest which I speak is a totally different tale so don't worry. Should you read it - yes, will you love it, well unless your a purest who believe immortal beings have vanished (died, sleeping, vanished a puff of smoke) I cannot see why you wouldn't....nothing to lose as Audible will give you credit back if you don't like it. Can I give you any titbits, no not without spoilers sorry. Harry Frost has the perfect voice for all characters of all sexes. I was lucky enough to be given this book for free in the hope I write a review. I write only truthful reviews so if I say I enjoyed it I did and happy to put my credit where my mouth is and buy the next in the series if it ever is written and appears on Audible.

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Great find!

Great story, mixing Greek myth, supernatural abilities and modern police drama. the car chase and associated fights were nail biting. Took me a short while to get into the story as I needed to adjust to the narration - story based in Italy, English narrator, with one of the Italian characters being given a northern English accent! That's by the bye though as once I got more involved it became completely irrelevant. Can't wait for the next book. Nose to grindstone/keyboard please, Dylan!

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  • Sally
  • 08-05-20

Silly, pretentious and somehow, nasty.

Even the setting of the city of Rome somehow unconvincing like it was taken from a poor quality tourist map. The plot left me empty, and totally disinterested in any sequel. The voices of several characters, notably the woman Louis’s uncle’s strange segue into a Yorkshire??? accent was bizarre and ludicrous, the “Immortal” sounded like a parody of Dracula. Most peculiar, but not in a good way. Pointless drivel.

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  • Dennis
  • 25-04-20

First be ready for an exciting ride

First forget what you been told about the ancient gods and goddess of Rome then imagine they are real and some is alive and looking for revenge. If you can imagine this then you ready for a amazing audible that you can not set down. At the first to be honest was a bit dry and make no sense but hold on it will shortly and by the ending you be waiting the next book of the series. The two main characters are a god killer and goddess who wanting revenge for brother death and if the goddess can find her brother he can be brought back to life. The god killer really not well defined to me. Both main characters hated each other and swore a oath to kill the other but there was one hang up the for these characters they could not kill each other they had to have some else do it and it had to be a certain type of bullet or object made of a special metal. The main story is is a day by day occurs and really getting you to know he. characters and how they fit in the story and how they die or possibly die. There are murder attempts, car chases, things blowing up and plenty of blood shed of both innocent people and criminal. So if you like all the blood shed, murders and car chases you are in for a treat At first it was an issue for me to put together the storyline and connect with ancient Rome and modern Rome also to the ancient beliefs and christianity we have today but when it connect you in for a ride and like I said at the beginning forget what you have been taught and let your imagination go wild and I knows you will be asking for more.

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  • MDW 77
  • 22-04-20

Mythological Thriller

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Although the pace of the book was too slow in the beginning, overall it is has a lot of action. The mix of mythology and modern day made this a unique thriller. The narration was good as far as pace and characterization, but didn't fit with the setting (I wish he had more of an Italian accent). Overall I have mixed feelings about this book. I didn't care for the beginning and the way the author chose to end the book, but the content in-between was well worth a listen.

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  • Jason Chandler
  • 17-02-20

great idea. but with a few problems

I loved the concept but there was a lot of swearing. some of the characters were great and others very undeveloped. I was a little disappointed in the ending. that being said, I couldn't stop listening to it.

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  • Chris Houston
  • 06-02-20

Great listen, fun and interesting story!

Frost does a great job reading Quarles' The Man From Rome. The book is action packed and keeps you on your toes. The history and mythology woven in made it a fun and interesting take on older stories, you won't regret it!

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  • Steve
  • 22-01-20

Very enjoyable read but...

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I enjoy mythology and found the story and characters fun and fully fleshed out. My problem with it was the narrator. In a book set in Rome one would expect the narrator to have an Italian accent, but the only character with an Italian accent was the Greek driver. The "Man" had a Russian accent, and the heroine and most of the other characters had Cockney accents. My other issue was the obvious set up for a sequel. Why is it so hard to write a story that stands on it's own?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-19

Wonderfully descriptive and modern take on mythology based story

The Man from Rome is like a fuse, it makes your anticipation for the climax build, then delivers with a bang! The way the events are described paints a clear picture for the reader and leaves them wanting more. The characters seem well ironed out and I feel any of them could handle being the main character. Great read!

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  • richard joesten
  • 27-11-19

The Man From Rome

A fast paced mythological thriller that is intriguing right from the first page to the list. With lits of twists in turns, that kept me on the edge of my seat. Both the Author and the Narrator has done a fantastic job. This Audio book I definitely recommend. Shauna Joesten

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  • Gilbert M. Stack
  • 20-11-19

Tense and Exciting

This is a novel about deep and abiding hate. The kind of hate that only grows over time and finds no price too great if it holds the promise of vengeance. It is perhaps ironic that the triggering incident of this raging animosity was a very small act of rejection. In the ancient past, before the humble beginnings of the city of Rome, two immortals met. The first (the goddess, Diana) attempted to seduce the other (he who will become the Man from Rome) who drove her away with the warning that she and her kind (i.e. the other gods) should stay away from what will become Rome. Instead of listening, Diana decides to destroy the man who threatened her instead. Some three thousand or more years later, she is still trying. But this time she has a particularly insidious plan… This whole book felt like a spy-thriller to me, but one with supernatural characters at least two of whom are close to immortal. The cast is wonderful. The Man from Rome himself is properly enigmatic and occasionally extraordinarily frightening. His enemies are intriguing as well, and the weapon they have chosen to use on him—taken out of the pages of mythology—was absolutely fascinating. The humans drawn into the conflict are both extremely sympathetic as they seek to be something more than sacrificial pawns. The plot was extremely well thought out, the action pulse-pounding, and the mystery intriguing. And while I knew very little about the geography of the city of Rome before I started reading, the author succeeded in making me feel transported to that ancient city. If you’re looking for a fast-paced adventure with a lot of twists and turns, I think you’ll enjoy The Man from Rome. I received this book from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.