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There is a reason why Robert Harris is so popular among histrocial fiction readers: it's because he knows his Roman history well and can place the reader there. If you haven't heard of this author before and was wondering just how he is as an author, wonder no more. Not only does he write a fascinating story in itself, but his historcial back-drop of ancient Rome and Roman society just oozes with detail and richness. So, if you have an interest in reading a beautiful story with a Roman setting, Robert Harris is your author. You'll be happy that you picked his book up and will soon be hooked to read even more wonderful historical fiction by him.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-05-03 This sequel to Imperium, narrated by the slave secretary Tiro, sees Cicero fulfilling his ambition to become consul of the Roman Senate and facing the machinations and manipulations of Julius Caesar. Simon Jones's reading will keep listeners enthralled as Tiro comments on the secrets and scandals of Rome's rich and famous, and as Cicero thwarts threats of treason and keeps the Roman Republic standing. Jones's soothing baritone and perfect aristocratic accents bring this ancient history to vivid life. A Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 21). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2009-12-21 In this gripping second installment to his ancient Rome trilogy (after Imperium), bestseller Harris proves once again that politics is an ugly game. Beginning in 63 B.C.E. and told by Cicero's slave secretary, Tiro, this complex tale continues to chronicle Cicero's political career as he charms, co-opts, and bribes his way into the exalted position of consul, ruler of Rome. Although Cicero is known as a brilliant politician and philosopher, he was also a slick manipulator and shameless schemer, competing with equally sneaky rivals Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus. Cicero realizes that as the empire expands, the greatest threat to Rome comes from within, plotted by well-financed conspirators bent on turning the republic into a dictatorship. With fabulous oratory and trickery, Cicero uncovers and crushes an insurrection, exposing himself to great danger and possible assassination. Riots, murder, civil unrest, corruption, treachery, and betrayal mark Cicero's political legacy, resulting in a battle between him and Julius Caesar. Throughout, however, Tiro remains loyal and remarkably astute, recognizing that it is "an act of madness for a man to pursue power when he could be sitting in the sunshine reading a book." (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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