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SPQR II: The Catiline Conspiracy | [John Maddox Roberts]

SPQR II: The Catiline Conspiracy

It was a summer of glorious triumph for the mighty Roman Republic. Her invincible legions had brought all foreign enemies to their knees. But in Rome there was no peace. The streets were flooded with the blood of murdered citizens, and there were rumors of more atrocities to come.
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Publisher's Summary

It was a summer of glorious triumph for the mighty Roman Republic. Her invincible legions had brought all foreign enemies to their knees. But in Rome there was no peace. The streets were flooded with the blood of murdered citizens, and there were rumors of more atrocities to come.

Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger was convinced a conspiracy existed to overthrow the government, a sinister cabal that could only be destroyed from within. But admission into the traitorous society of evil carried a grim price: the life of Decius's closest friend - and maybe his own.

©1991 John Maddox Roberts; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Roberts again proves that he's perfectly at home in the urban sprawl of ancient Rome.... Readers familiar with the period will be entertained by passing references, such as to the posturing Julius Caesar or to young Catullus...." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-14-12
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    SPQR I is the first part of this story. Listen to that first and you will be hooked. Listen to this book and you will immediately suffer withdrawal pangs.Totally bummed that this astonishing trip to ancient Rome can't be continued. Sigh.... Um... if when you read this there is another John Maddox Roberts read by Simon Vance available as an AudioBook... Er.... Lemme know, K? I'll buy it in a Roman minute.

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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 04-06-09
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 04-06-09 Member Since 2012
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    Republican Rome is a favorite subject for me. This era is one of the turning points in world history. This series is light-hearted but never silly. The dialog and the plot are very clever. I can't wait for more!

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    John Florence, MA, United States 12-28-11
    John Florence, MA, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Another great story and performance!"

    Another great story by Mr. Roberts and a first class narration by Mr. Vance! My only complaint is that this is the last of the audible books in this series of, at least, 13 books. Please Audible, you got me hooked, produce more!

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    Carol Massachusetts 08-17-10
    Carol Massachusetts 08-17-10

    Good writing has ... a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it's read aloud. --Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken

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    "Fun in the forum"

    OK, it's a little silly, especially compared with Stephen Saylor's books that cover the same territory. But this story is a lot of fun. OK, bloody, but fun. The Roman triumph banquet that opens the book is worth the price by itself. There are quite a few more books in this series, but the first three are the best, in my opinion.

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    Michael Sun City, AZ, United States 03-05-10
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    "I've become a fan"

    If you like the Classical period, and enjoy a good detective novel than this series by John Roberts fill that bill quite nicely. I have now listened to the first two book in this series and both are excellent, covering the Republic period just prior to Caesar making his move for power. The author has done his historical research - Rome is a lively city that is both complex and dangerous. The mob rules the city and if you can work it through bribe, public opinion, etc., you control them. It's a dangerous balanceing act that could cost you everything. Simon Vance the narrator is an excellent choice, expecially his rendering of the main characer Decius Caecilius Metellus. I don't know how many books are in the series, but I look forward to them.

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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 09-26-12
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    The mystery in this one is almost an afterthought. However, taken as historical fiction, it's very enjoyable. The reviews of the written books on Amazon say the SPQR series really gets going with the 3rd in the series. I really wish the others were available.

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 06-24-11
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 06-24-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Good historical novel"

    If you enjoy history and mystery then you just may enjoy John Maddox Roberts SPQR Series. The narrator is marvelous as usual Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators. I hope there will be more books in this series. I did enjoy the first book more, however, the author is able to make the mystery work.

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 07-10-15
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 07-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "History and crime drama: an entertaining mix"

    If you like crime drama but might be getting a bit bored of the same milieu of modern day USA or the UK, then maybe a change of settings and time will spice things up.

    In this series, author John Roberts does just that. Borrowing liberally from Roman history and characters, he puts together a very entertaining story of murder, intrigue, and politics. Others have criticized the work as too trite, but I find the author strikes the right balance of entertainment and suspense.

    Although the second work in the series, it can be read as a stand alone book. Of course, Simon Vance does an other excellent job of bringing the story to life. He's one of my favourite narrators.

    So, if you like history and crime, give this book a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

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    The author nicely brings lesser known events of Roman history into a decent story. The cast of characters often gets to be hard to follow, particularly in the context of Roman politics. Overall the stories are engaging and I will continue with the series.

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    Charlsie 06-15-15
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    I love this series. Mr Maddox sets the reader right in the last days of Republican Rome, rife with glory and corruption and a hero with a heart dedicated to a lost Republic and a mind accepting of reality--both of the present as well as the past. And the whole story, good as it is, would be something less, but for the narrator who is wonderful in his own right.

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    Having enjoyed SPQR it was good to have another book featuring Metellus. I had just been listening to Lustrum and so it was interesting to come across a different angle on the Cataline conspiracy.
    Roberts writes fluently and amusingly, with a sympathetic character.

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