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Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire | [Ruth Downie]

Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.
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Publisher's Summary

Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. His arrival in Deva (more commonly known today as Chester, England) does little to improve his mood, and after a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner.

Now he has a new problem: a slave who won't talk and can't cook, and drags trouble in her wake. Before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

A few years earlier, after he rescued Emperor Trajan from an earthquake in Antioch, Ruso seemed headed for glory: now he's living among heathens in a vermin-infested bachelor pad and must summon all his forensic knowledge to find a killer who may be after him next.

Who are the true barbarians, the conquered or the conquerors? It's up to Ruso (certainly the most likeable sleuth to come out of the Roman Empire) to discover the truth. With a gift for comic timing and historic detail, Ruth Downie has conjured an ancient world as raucous and real as our own.

©2007 Ruth Downie; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Downie's auspicious debut sparkles with beguiling characters and a vividly imagined evocation of a hazy frontier." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fans of Alexander McCall Smith will delight in this series debut set in Roman-occupied Britain and featuring wry army doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso." (Booklist)

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    I didn't expect much, but soon found I was looking forward to what would happen next. Fun with a twist.

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    Ant the Limey Pennsylvania 03-11-07
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    The story is pleasing, the tone is enjoyable. The characters are fantastic. The narrator is good (not Scott Brick good, but only 3rd narrator I want to try books based on his voice).

    I can think of nothing bad to say about this bood. I heartily recommend it

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    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 11-13-08
    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 11-13-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Great Mystery set in Roman Britania"

    I love mysteries set in the Roman Empire. This one is unique in so far as it is set in Britania instead of Rome itself. Emperor Trajan has just died and Hadrian is the new emperor. The author has really captured the flavor of Roman Britain with all its vices. The hero, as the name implies is a Doctor, so we get to learn about medical practices in the Roman Empire. Our hero has angered just about everyone he possible can and is beaten and threatened throughout. It is both humorous and exciting. But all ends well. The reader is great and really makes the characters come alive. Hope to see more of this character. Great listen - very enjoyable

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    "Great fun"

    I think I might have named my dog after the Medicus. His name is Gaius. He is so very likeable and at the same time seems totally real. At this point I have all 4 of Ruth Downie's books in this series. They are very entertaining murder mysteries peppered with the historically interesting.

    This one is the funniest, though it has a very serious story too. There are parts of it that made me laugh out loud. I am more of a chuckler in most cases. The characterizations and the writing are great so these are stories you can listen to more than once. There's a lot more about them to enjoy even after you know who done it .

    Simon Vance, as always, is perfect

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    "Another great Ruth Downie CSI:Rome book"

    I've listened to all books in this series to date and hope the new one which is out in book form gets onto Audible soon. All of the books follow the life of Gaius Petrius Ruso, a Roman doctor who is something of a murder-solving detective. It's interesting to imagine life in Roman-occupied Brittania (modern day England) and follow Ruso on his cases. Highly recommend this and other Ruth Downie books in the series.

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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 09-20-08
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 09-20-08 Member Since 2005

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    I enjoyed listening to this book. When I think of ancient Rome I dont think of the people being like me in my daily life. Perhaps its a bit contrived but it was fun to see a Roman Medicus from a modern perspective. Kept my interest!

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    Catherine West Fargo, ND, USA 08-01-08
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    Entertaining--not historically accurate, but the main character is determinedly grumpy and yet a softie on the inside! I'd love to see a continuation of the series, it was worth listening to.

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    Tammi Lake Oswego, OR 97034 11-08-07
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    "Good sense of place and time"

    The author has a an excellent way of making the reader perceive the ancient Roman empire as modern and vibrant.

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    Petrik Los Angeles, CA, USA 08-17-07
    Petrik Los Angeles, CA, USA 08-17-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Decent book, so-so narration"

    As someone who enjoys historical fiction and the themes tackled here, I expected to like this book. And in fact, the story was quite good. A bit dry and mundane at times, I wished for more medical situations and details, but it's a fine debut for Mrs. Downie. If only the narrator did a better job -- I kept falling asleep! Actually, I ended up borrowing the hardcover from the local library to finish it over the weekend :)

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    Either San Diego, CA, United States 04-03-07
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    "All hail the power of Rome"

    I thought this novel to be fantastic. The storyline along with the history was brillant!!And to top it off the talents of the narrator were exceptional!! If you like Roman history or anything to do with Rome then this book is for you

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