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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: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The SPQR Series Release Date:
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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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  • “Wonderful...All the wild, imaginative stimulation of the best detective fiction.”

    Marion Zimmer Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of The Mists of Avalon

  • “This well-researched mystery plays out in the back streets of ancient Rome. Writer John Maddox Roberts delivers a story of greed and corruption that has all of the elements of a classic mystery combined with the grandeur of an epic…Narrator Simon Vance has never been better. He dives into character from the start, giving the story a polished reading. Vance’s crisp British accent is perfectly suited to the role of the protagonist. The result is a remarkable listening experience.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Maj | 12/17/2013

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

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