The Iron Hand of Mars

The Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries, Book 4
Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Series: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Germanic troops in the service of the empire begin to rebel and a Roman general disappears, Emperor Vespasian turns to the one man he can trust: Marcus Didius Falco, a private informer whose rates are low enough that even the stingy Vespasian is willing to pay them.

To Falco, an undercover tour of Germany is an assignment from Hades. On a journey that only a stoic could survive, Falco meets with disarray, torture, and murder. His one hope: In the northern forest lives a powerful Druid priestess who perhaps can be persuaded to cease her anti-Rome activities and work for peace - which Falco is eagerly hoping for as, back in Rome, Titus Caesar is busy trying to make time with Helena Justina, a senator's daughter and Falco's girlfriend.

Lindsey Davis' historical mystery The Iron Hand of Mars is a "seamless blending of humor, history, and adventure" (Publishers Weekly).

©1992 Lindsey Davis (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Where does The Iron Hand of Mars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top Ten List. Love this series.

What other book might you compare The Iron Hand of Mars to and why?

Bruce Macbain Series, SPQR, Steven Saylor Series, Roma Sub Rosa. They all have history, mystery and a romance along with delightful humor.

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

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second read

Just as good as the first time. I love the series and I like audiobooks.

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Another great adventure in ancient Rome/Germany

Great fun, lots of action, lots of history, the same wonderful stuff we've come to expect from Davis, with really excellent narration. Highly recommended.

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another great performance of a great story

I read the series back in the 90's and must admit did not remember the details of them so for me it is like being reaquainted with an old friend from your youth that you forgot how just much you missed ... add on that the great narration and it makes for a wonderful time spent.

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Way better than the dramatized audio book!

Simon Prebble is a class act & makes a good story a joy to hear.

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clever historical mystery

i love the details of life on the frontiers of the ancient roman empire. she is a great writer at putting you in the scene.