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SPQR III: The Sacrilege | [John Maddox Roberts]

SPQR III: The Sacrilege

When a sacret woman's rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative skills have proven indispensable in the past, to unmask the perpetrators. When four brutal slayings follow, Decius enlists the help a notorious and dangerous criminal.
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When a sacret woman's rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative skills have proven indispensable in the past, to unmask the perpetrators. When four brutal slayings follow, Decius enlists the help a notorious and dangerous criminal. Together, they establish a connection between the sacrilege and the murders, and track the offenders from the lowest dregs of society to the prominent elite of the upper class, finding corruption and violence where Decius least expects it.

©1992 John Maddox Roberts. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 11-30-12
    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Great Roman Mystery"

    I am so happy to see this book on audio. For a while we only had the first two books in the series and now comes the third. I hope we will see more of this series on audio.

    Let me say this was a great mystery and as always the portrayal of the historical figures are accurate.

    This centers around the scandal of Publius Clodius Pulcher sneaking into the Bona Dea rites in femal dress at the home of the Pontifex Maximus and the scandal that ensued. In the course of his investigation Decius meets his love - Julia who is no mean investigator in her own right.

    John Maddox Roberts takes the license of embellishing the scandal and adding more participants to the masquerade. And if course Decius Metellus the Younger is in the thick of it all. There are bodies galore and the rivalry between the two gangs headed by Milo and Clodius are front and center.As usual Milo is right there to help Decius escape from Clodius' gang. A great ending with a chase through the forum amidst Pompey's Triumph and elephants running wild.

    This is a delightful romp through the period of this scandal and John Lee does a masterful job as the narrator. He strikes just the right tone as narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Partridge new england 06-27-13
    Derek Partridge new england 06-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Different narrator, same ol' Decius"
    Any additional comments?

    There are two frustrating events I find with literary series that are adapted to audiobook format: the wait for subsequent volumes to be released and the use of multiple narrators. I have experienced both with The SPQR series. I purchased the audiobook SPQR I in 2009, SPQR II in 2010. Two protracted, vacuous years later... the remainder of the series is released, with a different narrator.

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    However, the entire series is now available on Audible. And both narrators are top notch and among my favorites.

    Io accepta et grata mmutationis!

    I truly enjoy Simon Vance's readings of I and II. The stories are written from the perspective of an elder Senator (Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger) reminiscing about the adventures of his youth. Vance's voice absolutely nails this. I have also grown to enjoy John Lee's narrations as well. SPQR III-XIII maintain the context of an aged Decius retelling his notorious exploits. John Lee's voice lends itself to the perception that events are unfolding as they are related, not many years past.

    I feared this transition to the point of delaying my purchase of III, letting the book languish on my Wish List for several months. After listening to III with little or no difficulty accepting the new narrator, I now rapidly begin downloading the next in the series as I approach the last few chapters of my current read.

    Sucessu!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 03-15-13
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Why Rome conquered the known world"

    It might have been because they had a sense of humor! This series is set at the end of the roman republic. Julius Cesar is just starting on his road to becoming a god. The plot is intriguing and some of the parallels to modern politics can't be a mere coincidence! I confess to a crush on Decuis. He is clever, ethical, dry humored, and a soft touch. What more can one ask for? Some of the dialog is laugh out loud funny. All in all an excellent listen and I am already on the next book! Decuis in Alexandria, I can't wait!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 03-03-13
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2001

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    "Roman Historical Mystery"
    Would you listen to The Sacrilege again? Why?

    I'm enjoying this series very much, John Maddox Roberts is no Robert Graves, but he does a wonderful job at letting the listener know the class distinctions and how the problems of Rome and being a citizen of Rome can be of major interest. There was a distinct difference of being a citizen of "ROME" and being Italian.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The first two books in the series were narrated by Simon Vance who is one of my favorite narrators. I am very pleased that they got John Lee who is also one of my favorites to continue the series. He really does know how to be an aristocrat, with his voice. In this case the change of narrators to me was not a problem since they both were on my top ten list of narrators.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found it very hard to stop listening to any of the first three books there is so much going on the


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the mystery and the the time line of the story was well studied by the author. (If anyone saw the "Spartacus" series on "Stars" the brutality and total disregard for humanity by those in power) "Ultimate power corrupts ultimately." readers should be prepared for some intense sexuality, brutality, and total disregard for life. However our hero, is a strong personality and tries to over come much of what his station demands of him, and what the higher up in Roman power structure demand. He is a man of conscious, which is very rare in this time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    thomas MORRISVILLE, PA, United States 02-04-13
    thomas MORRISVILLE, PA, United States 02-04-13
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    "A riveting and pleasurable listening experience"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a seduction into the endlessly curious world of the romans and all their ways. It's both a detective tale and a political/historical thriller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sacrilege?

    The malediction scene.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "And you think Washington is a nest of vipers."


    Any additional comments?

    You must render all of the SPQR series into unabridged audio books. They are worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan St. Louis, MO, USA 01-21-13
    Susan St. Louis, MO, USA 01-21-13 Member Since 2004
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    "I like this narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sacrilege the most enjoyable?

    I have read all the books and I like this narrator


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not the edge of my seat, but I enjoyed it. I don't usually like the edge of seat ones


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They are two different experiences. I like reading better, but I listen to audio books while walking my dogs


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen mckinney, TX, United States 01-03-13
    Maureen mckinney, TX, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great series, book three at last"
    Would you listen to The Sacrilege again? Why?

    These books are always worth a replay. I love the way the author brings historical figures to life. Caesar is very cunning and a jerk and Pompey lets other gererals fight the big battles then jumps in at the end to take all the credit. It's fun to see these giants of history in a very human way. I also love the main character and the humor woven through the story. I always seem to find something new when I replay a SPQR novel.


    What other book might you compare The Sacrilege to and why?

    Almost anything by Bernard Cornwell will have a good historial plot and great action.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Yes. I like John Lee but...I really did miss Simon Vance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Why does audible always ask this question?


    Any additional comments?

    Please Audible can we have more of this series. The sooner the better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The plots are still good but I prefer the narrator from the two previous SPQR books

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