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SPQR VI: Nobody Loves a Centurion | [John Maddox Roberts]

SPQR VI: Nobody Loves a Centurion

Julius Caesar, as we know, arrived in Gaul (now France) and announced "I Came, I Saw, I Conquered." But when Decius Metellus arrives from Rome, not seeking military glory but rather avoiding an enemy currently in power, he finds that although the general came and saw, so far, at least, he has far from conquered. The campaign seems at a standstill. Decius' arrival disappoints the great Caesar as well. He has been waiting for promised reinforcements from Rome, an influx of soldiers to restart his invasion. Instead he is presented with one young man ridiculously decked out in military parade finery and short on military skills.
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Julius Caesar, as we know, arrived in Gaul (now France) and announced "I Came, I Saw, I Conquered." But when Decius Metellus arrives from Rome, not seeking military glory but rather avoiding an enemy currently in power, he finds that although the general came and saw, so far, at least, he has far from conquered. The campaign seems at a standstill.

Decius' arrival disappoints the great Caesar as well. He has been waiting for promised reinforcements from Rome, an influx of soldiers to restart his invasion. Instead he is presented with one young man ridiculously decked out in military parade finery and short on military skills, accompanied not by eager troops but by one callow and reluctant slave, the feckless Hermes.

It soon develops, however, that Decius' arrival was fortuitous. When Vinius, the army's cruelest centurion (so-called because he commands 100 soldiers), is found murdered, Caesar remembers that his new recruit has successfully come up with the culprit in a number of recent crimes. Murder is bad for morale, particularly since it seems quite clear that the murderer was one of Caesar's men. Caesar orders Decius to find the killer - and quickly.

Although evidence points to the son of one of Decius' clients - a youth who was the particular target of the centurion's brutality - Decius racks his brain to find a way to save him from the sentence of death. The investigation leads Decius to two German slaves of the dead man - a dwarfish old man and a beautiful woman. They are puzzling; the man is arrogant, the woman haughty - very unlike slaves. There are unanswered questions. It soon becomes clear to Decius that only by finding and punishing the real murderer will it be possible to quiet the rising dissatisfaction with Caesar's unorthodox method of warfare and forestall a mutiny against the mighty Caesar's authority and aims.

©2001 John Maddox Roberts (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 08-27-13
    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 08-27-13 Member Since 2007

    I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.

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    "Decius the reluctant warrior"

    I have always enjoyed the SQPR stories more when Decius gets out of ROME, and this recounting of his adventures in Gaul particularly shines. A good part of the SPQR stories comprises the historical descriptions; taking the reader into the world and mindset of ancient Romans. With this story Mr Roberts gives us some experience of life in the Roman legions. That adds a lot more interest than another series of descriptions about the minutiae of life in Rome.

    Decius's adventure with Caesar's legion unfolds at a satisfying pace. It is well dosed with humour and interesting characters. Decius is clearly a 'modern' man that we can identify with, and is also clearly a man out of his time. His contemporaries mostly think him mad, but I find him totally sane.

    Anyone with an interest in historical novels will enjoy the delicate substance of this story intermingled with historical narrative. Anyone with an interest in the history of Ancient Rome would be foolish to miss this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 06-15-13
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "but everybody loves a Senator!"

    Decius is so droll, so honest, and so damn much fun. I love the way he finally decides the only way to solve the mystery is to do something so outrageous it will either provide the solution or kill him. I adore the narrator, John Lee. He has just enough attitude without being pompous about it. I'm trying to limit myself to one book every other month so I don't go through them so quickly but it is really hard. No complaints at all from me!!

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    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 05-28-13
    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Another winner - this time on location with Caesar"

    Here we find Decius Metellus the Younger on location with Caesar in Gaul when all of sudden a Centurion, the Primius Pilus, is found murdered. Caesar calls on our hero to solve the case -- which he ultimately does despite being kidnapped by Ariovistus. These are short books but lots of fun. They are well researched and capture the period. John Lee does an excellent job of narration.

    If you like mysteries set in the ancient world - this is a series not to be missed. All the books are on Audible so get started with the First book and get some Roman History along with the mystery.

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 03-16-13
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2001

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    "I do so enjoy historical novels"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love great mystery and story line as well as well researched history of the Roman Empire this series is great. I suggest you start with book on "The Kings Gambit" this way you follow our hero DECIUS from the start. He has had some really bad luck and you will see that Romans make some of our politicians look moral, even noble.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of SPQR VI: Nobody Loves a Centurion?

    In all of these books it's the last chapter and if I tell you it gives away the main plot, you'll just have to listen. Just when you think you know what is going on there is always a twist. Especially for Decius.


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

    John Lee is one of my favorite narrators, and he never disappoints. The first two book started with another of my favorites Simon Vance, and to tell the truth both narrators are great. You must remember that the story is being told from the point of view Decius is an older man telling stories of his different workings within the Powers that be in the Roman Empire.


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

    It's very hard not to want to do that with all the books in the series because there is always so much going on you want to know what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series for some reason books 9 and 10 won't be available but 11,12, & 13 will be in April. I do hope that the other two will be coming soon I hate to read series out of order.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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