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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (665 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Maddox Roberts Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The SPQR Series Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781441764683
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Blackmail, corruption, treachery, murder—the glory that was Rome

In this Edgar Award–nominated mystery, John Maddox Roberts takes listeners back to a Rome filled with violence and evil. Vicious gangs ruled the streets of Crassus and Pompey, routinely preying on plebeian and patrician alike. So the garroting of a lowly ex-slave and the disembowelment of a foreign merchant in the dangerous Subura district seemed of little consequence to the Roman hierarchy. But Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger, highborn commander of the local vigiles, was determined to investigate. Despite official apathy, brazen bribes, and sinister threats, Decius uncovers a world of corruption at the highest levels of his government that threatens to destroy him and the government he serves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wonderful...All the wild, imaginative stimulation of the best detective fiction.”

    Marion Zimmer Bradley, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Decius serves up drolleries aplenty about historical events and characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyle Wendy | 1/24/2014

    " A mild amusement but certainly not as good as the Roma Sub Rosa series. Some interesting parts...and the second half is certainly more interesting than the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/10/2014

    " This is the first book in the SPQR series written by sci-fi and fantasy author John Maddox Roberts featuring Decius Caecilius Metellus vigile commander in Republican Rome.Having read many novels about Rome I was interested to see how Roberts portrayed Decius.Initially he felt quite flat but soon got into his stride,getting into scrapes and meeting dubious characters all over town and I did like him by the end. I felt that Roberts cleverly wove historical facts throughout the novel which provided just enough information without bogging even the inexperienced reader down.The plot was ok but could have been tightened up in places also quite a few typo errors. Overall a good start for a series which should improve! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 12/27/2013

    " If you like mysteries and ancient Rome this is the series for you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maj | 12/17/2013

    " A great start to a wonderful series of historic detective books. Not only for Ancient Rome enthusiasts. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Miletus | 12/3/2013

    " Gripping, well-read, & plausible. I haven't read any of the others in this series, so I'm hoping the parts I liked weren't simply a fluke & I'll like the other books for the same reasons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/1/2013

    " After reading the fifth in this series (unintentionally) I started with the first. It was entertaining and seems to be as historically accurate as one can be writing a novel about a time long ago. It is interesting to compare how different authors see historical characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 11/19/2013

    " A fun murder mystery in the same camp as Agatha Christie, but with a glossary of ancient Roman terminology you have to absorb "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roshni | 11/7/2013

    " Decent book, not as good as Lindsey Davis. The premise is very similar to Davis' books, but it doesn't have the same humorous quality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margarette | 9/1/2013

    " This book is about 15 days in Rome during the year 694. Very hard to understand all of the historical terms of the Senate even with the index in the back. Yet I found an interesting murder mystery in it's pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 8/1/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. The author is very familiar with ancient Rome and this is a period in history I like reading about. I would recommend it to historical fiction readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lahni Johnson | 10/19/2012

    " Interesting historical novel but it didn't suck me in like I like books to do. I'm still going to keep with the series, though. It's like I'm all invested now and I have to find out what happens to everyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 1/26/2012

    " If you can get past the ridiculously long and hard to pronounce Roman names, this book is quite entertaining and a quick read. Definitely a good vacation read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 4/30/2011

    " What a great series starter. Dealing with the machinations of Crassus, Pompey, and Clodius, Decius struggles to align his social and political position with his moral obligations. I am excited to read more in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 3/24/2011

    " John Maddox Roberts is the best of Roman mystery writers. No anachronisms or projections of present mores into the past (read: Lindsey Davis), research close to Steven Saylor, and consistent writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 10/30/2010

    " Set in Rome, its a historical novel/mystery. There was a lot of political intrigue. Unfortunatly there was also a scene that caused me to skip almost a whole chapter, and it was alluded to throughout the rest of the book. Eww. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 W. | 9/1/2010

    " Great start to a wonderful series! A good mix of the mystery and historical genres, and well-written characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 6/21/2010

    " If you can get past the ridiculously long and hard to pronounce Roman names, this book is quite entertaining and a quick read. Definitely a good vacation read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margarette | 1/5/2010

    " This book is about 15 days in Rome during the year 694. Very hard to understand all of the historical terms of the Senate even with the index in the back. Yet I found an interesting murder mystery in it's pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 3/22/2009

    " A fun murder mystery in the same camp as Agatha Christie, but with a glossary of ancient Roman terminology you have to absorb "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 11/10/2008

    " If you like mysteries and ancient Rome this is the series for you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 8/11/2008

    " Set in Rome, its a historical novel/mystery. There was a lot of political intrigue. Unfortunatly there was also a scene that caused me to skip almost a whole chapter, and it was alluded to throughout the rest of the book. Eww. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 7/23/2008

    " Decent little detective story set in Rome. There's a gratuitous sex chapter that you can probably skip without missing much at all. The ending wasn't really a surprise, but it's still kind of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lahni | 6/14/2008

    " Interesting historical novel but it didn't suck me in like I like books to do. I'm still going to keep with the series, though. It's like I'm all invested now and I have to find out what happens to everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 9/18/2007

    " I've read most of this entire series-- they're all murder mysteries set in Rome during the late Republic. Really entertaining and give a great picture of Rome during that time period, especially the politics. I'm a ancient Rome buff so it's right up my alley :) "

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About the Author
Author John Maddox Roberts

John Maddox Roberts is the author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy, in addition to his successful historical SPQR mystery series. He lives in Estancia, New Mexico, with his wife.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is also an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.