SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance

SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance

by John Maddox Roberts

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He would rise up as savior of the State, but Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger already has a lot on his mind. In the year of his aedileship, Decius is expected to stage elaborate and expensive games out of his own pocket. Along with his duties of pleasing the crowds with the feats of gladiators and wild beasts, are the more practical, and commonly neglected, ones of maintaining the city and its laws. It is these more mundane duties that call him to the scene of a recently built and more recently collapsed tenement building. Determined to punish the greedy parties who used cheap materials and caused the deaths of hundreds, Decius sets out to exact justice. It is easier said than done, especially when bodies and evidence go missing, and his family pressures him to cease the investigation. As he seeks out the politicians, philosophers, and tradesmen of the day, it becomes clear that the collapse of the building was deliberate, and Decius could be going after some of the most powerful men in Rome.

In this eighth installment of the series, Roberts once again provides authentic detail in the everyday Roman customs, as well as a fascinating picture of the growing unsteadiness of this famed Republic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312323202
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/01/2005
Series: SPQR Series , #8
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

John Maddox Roberts is the author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy. He and his wife live in New Mexico.

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SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
annbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The eighth in the series, and a fine example. Decius continues to rise through the course of honor and is now an aedile. His main worry is the cost of the games that he will have to give as part of his office. But he has other responsibilities, which lead him into the investigation of a a building collapse. Someone important was clearly involved, but it's not easy for Decius to find out who, and it starts to look dangerous as well. Interesting and fully developed characters, and the usual fascinating view of Roman life.
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A fascinating story set in Rome during one of the periodic floods of the Tiber. A great mystery intertwined with the political intrigues of Ancient Rome. I highly recommend this book for a period when you have a little extra time, because you will not want to put this book down.