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It is spring in the year 118, and Hadrian has been emperor of Rome for less than a year. After his long and reluctant investigation of the murders of a handful of local prostitutes, Gaius Petreius Ruso needs to get out of town. With that in mind, he has volunteered for a posting with the army in the far reaches of Britannia - a calmer place for a tired man.

But the edge of the Roman Empire is a volatile place; the independent tribes of the North dwell near its borders. These hinterlands are the homeland of Ruso's slave, Tilla, who has scores of her own to settle there: Her tribespeople, under the leadership of the mysterious Stag Man, are fomenting a rebellion against Roman control, and her former lover is implicated in the grisly murder of a soldier. Ruso, once again unwillingly pulled into a murder investigation, is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the prime suspect. Worse, he is honor-bound to try to prove the man innocent - and the army wrong - by finding another culprit. Soon both Ruso's and Tilla's lives are in jeopardy, as is the future of their burgeoning romance.

Terra Incognita shines light on a remote corner of the ancient world, where Ruso's luck is running short - again.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears: listen to the first book, Medicus.
©2008 Ruth Downie; (P)2008 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A lively sequel to English author Downie's historical mystery Medicus....Immensely satisfying." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Who would guess that life and death in the far reaches of the Roman Empire could be so darn funny?" (Library Journal)

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  • Susan
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 01-01-11

CSI Brittania

This book is the second in a series of 4 (so far) books by Ruth Downie about Gaius Russo and his slave/lover Tilla. I enjoyed the first book (Medicus) very much and plan to download other books in this series. Russo is a Roman doctor in Roman occupied Brittania and something of a detective. I enjoyed the crime solving aspects of the book, similar to modern whodunnits, but mostly I enjoyed learning about the Roman culture and doctoring skills of the time period (sometime during the second century). The narration of the book is very good. Overall, this is a great listen as is the first book in the series.

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Like meeting an old friend again.

I read the first book of this series, "Medicus: A Novel Of The Roman Empire", some months ago and had a thoroughly good time listening to it. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately put this sequel on my wish list, but had not downloaded it to listen until a couple of days ago.

I have to admit that I was somewhat concerned that the second book would not be up to the standards of the first. It has been my experience that many sequels are not up to the first book in the series and I half expected to be disappointed. Fortunately my worries were unwarranted. This book is as delightful as the first and the characters are essentially the same. Russo is still trying to do his job and not get involved in any new problems, Tilla is still as strong minded and independent as before and events still keep getting the two of them in trouble.

Within the first 10 minutes I knew I was visiting an old friend again and was able to relax and enjoy the book. Time to put the third volume on my wish list.

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Great follow up

The character development continues. The story is great. If you liked Medicus, you'll like this one, too.

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a serious disappointment

i loved ms. downies previous work, however this one was lacking the interesting characters and mesmerizing atmosphere. i found it hard to even get through, which is unusual for me. stick with "medicus" it was superb, this was very very ho-hum.

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  • DiAnne
  • arvada, CO, United States
  • 02-28-11

Very good. Please, a professional reader next time

I really learned quite a bit and have been applying the information. The only thing that was very distracting was that the writer/reader has an accent affectation that drove me crazy. His pronunciation of 'experiment' was expeeeriment. It wouldn't matter much except that he uses it hundreds of times.

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