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From the creator of Falco comes Falco: The New Generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine Flavia Albia.

Flavia Albia's day-old marriage is in trouble - her new husband may be permanently disabled, and they have no funds. So when Palace officials ask her to help expose a plotter in their midst, she is obliged to accept their commission.

The plot could not be bigger. Ever since he died in AD 68, apparently by his own hand, Rome has been haunted by reports that Emperor Nero is in fact very much alive and about to return to claim his throne.

Two Nero pretenders have emerged in the east and met grisly fates. But now, as Emperor Domitian, whose tyrannical, paranoid reign grows ever more unpopular, fights a war in faraway Dacia, there emerges a far more sinister contender. What's more the rumour is that this false Nero is already in Rome. Plunged into the conspiracy, Flavia must infiltrate the house of the Parthians who have smuggled in this new impostor, negotiate with spies, dodge the assassins sent by the Palace traitor, and somehow cope with her stricken husband.

Can she succeed before the impostor is revealed? Or will Rome once more be plunged into civil war?

©2017 Lindsey Davis (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton

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Female "Falco"

Unfortunately a very good writer/historian has re-written her excellent "Falco" series with Falco's adopted daughter as the protangonist. The unfortunate part is that this is quite nearly literally a female Falco; following the same patterns the Falco series had including an unusual marital relationship, the same smart-aleck comments and swash-buckling action scenes. I'm no historian, but I don't see an ancient Rome that would accommodate Albia's very masculine intrusive personality. And, it's the same rollicking good time...if it wasn't the second time around.

I have given the series a try and I'll let the rest of the books, should there be any, a pass.

I will continue to read Ms. Davis' other novels as she is an excellent writer and I love historical stories.

Try "Master and God" or "A Course of Honour" if you want more of her writing without the boring attempt at a female repeat of the very enjoyable Falco series.

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  • Miss A.
  • 06-04-17

I miss the falcon humour

Although well read the Flavia series does not have charm of the Falco series. An easy listen though.

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  • Carole Smalllwood
  • 09-06-17

Not the Best in the series

I found this a difficult book to listen to. The plot was very convoluted and, because the reader is not good at doing different voices for the characters, i got mixed up as to who was who, especially the male characters. Overall, I didn't;t think that this book is as good as some of the others in the Albion series.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 04-14-17

Mystery, history and fiction

Albia is not the sulky teenager of old ( she did have some justification), but an intelligent resourceful and independent woman- just as well after the sad death of her first husband, the clumsy, loveable Lentulus, and the lightning strike which hit her new bridegroom on their wedding day! She finds herself working, indirectly,for the appalling Emperor Domitian (he's out of town, to everyone's delight) unravelling a complex conspiracy to present an imposter as Nero risen from the dead. Albia draws on the strengths of her extended family, those cousins we knew as children, old associates and opponents of Falco and Petronius, to investigate a plot more intricate than anything Le Carré dreamed up - plus camels, elephants, seraglio - and Falco's dodgy play having its second performance!

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  • MR J F TAYLOR
  • 07-25-17

Great listen

Excellent, slow at first but finished at a pace. Loved the way it progressed from something minor and ended with a major result.

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  • PHILIP
  • 10-13-17

ONE TO FLAVIA

SLOW TO START BUT WORTH PERSEVERING WELL READ WITH GOOD CHARACTERISATIONS AND SOME BAD FUNNY PUNS . GOOD LISTENING

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-17

l Lindsey Davis does it again!!!

Poor Favia.Albia husband struck by lightening on her wedding day and then the palace spys come calling. This is the start of a roller coaster story
that is a joy to listen to. Lucy Brown sounds very much like I imagined Flavia to speak.

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  • Barbara
  • 05-05-17

excellent narration

Great series. This one seemed rather drawn out. Roman names more confusing in audio version. In writing it's clearer to distinguish the characters. Often a helpful map too. The narration was really good.

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  • Ron
  • 04-06-17

It's getting there

I'm slowly getting into the new style with Flavia as the main character, however while Lucy Brown is no doubt trying her best the voice does not quite seem right, still a bit 'jolly hockey sticks' at times, and hardly a street wise woman.

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