Quite some time ago I read 'Imperium' by this author and loved every bit of it. It was the first book of a trilogy about Cicero and I found the whole histrory and context of the novel great reading. When I found 'Lustrum' the second book of the series I couldn't wait to read it and I was certainly not disappointed. It really brings Cicero to life and although I knew about who he was I know little about him, or any detail of his life. I realise that the author has taken liberties to create historical fiction but he still achieves in depicting an intrigung and multifacted character. One of the things I enjoyed most about it besides the grand sweep of Roman History was the minute detail of individual' lives and foibles, their ambitions, their jealousies and the malicious intent with which common gossip was used to manipulate and wield power. The style of writing very deliberately mimiced the style of the ancient historians, bringing back many memories of some of the writings of the historians such as Suetonius, where you were very aware that you were being served up all the gossip, but unsure of the veracity of much of the detail.
The third book 'Dictator' has recently beed released and I'm looking forward to reading it. if you enjoy anything about ancient Rome you will love reading these three books.
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 15 hours and 36 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
- Audible.com.au Release Date: 12 January 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B00S1R7SOU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,145 in Audible (See Top 100 in Audible)