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Returning to Rome after his mission to Germania, Falco finds that his mother is being harassed by a centurion named Censorinus, who says he is chasing a debt owed to him by Falco's brother Festus. Censorinus claims that Festus was involved in a syndicate, shipping valuable statues from Greece - and that even when his ship sunk; Festus had guaranteed that everyone in the group would get their money back. Now, however, Festus is dead, and Falco knows he didn't leave a legacy. When Falco refuses to cough up any money, he and Censorinus end up fighting... and later, the centurion turns up dead. Under suspicion of murder, Falco must confront his past and uncover his brother's secrets before he can clear his name and solve the mystery.
Following on from BBC Radio 4's hugely successful dramatisations of The Silver Pigs, Shadows in Bronze, Venus in Copper and The Iron Hand of Mars, this funny and fast-moving fifth story starring Anton Lesser, Anna Madeley, and Trevor Peacock is a treat for all Falco fans.
©1993 Lyndsey Davis (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By hh on 04-24-12

Time traveling fun

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Imagine Brother Cadfael as conceived by the writers of Numbers, then edited by Charles Dickens. In short, lots of good, earthy plot lines that are embellished by a cornucopia of enduring values: forgiveness, integrity, perseverance. And the production is great fun, too, just like an old time radio play with a full cast and clever sound effects. At just over two hours, it doesn't beg the whole evening either.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eveline Howells on 12-14-16

Poisidens Gold

Love this series by Lindsey Davies. Falco Is a Roman style detective who works his way around the Roman empire solving various mysteries for emporaes and ordinary folk . He gets into some twists and turns, but comes out on top for the most part fairly unscathed. He is in love with a seneters daughter Helena ,who seems to be as smitten with the poor Falco as he is with her.
In this episode recorded for the B.B.C. the people come to life and as usual as you would expect from the B.B.C. the quality is perfect.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 05-05-11

Rome brought to life

Once again we have another brilliant dramatisation of a Falco novel by the BBC. A Who-dun-it with a twist, Ancient Romans talking in modern day language allows for a light witty underlay to the story. I paticularly like the interplay between the characters which helps add to the involvement of the listener. The only criticism I had with the audio is the theme music which can be piercing at times.

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4 out of 5 stars
By L B Jones on 04-13-13

Leaves us wanting more...

This is the 5th instalment of the excellent dramatisation of Lindsey Davis' much loved Falco series. And much to my distress, the last! Rest assured the others seem to be available as narrated audiobooks but once you've fallen in love with a cast's dramatisation then it's not the same (even if it is truer to the original book).



"Poseidon's Gold" was very enjoyable, with a well-written plot which gives further insight into Falco's family, especially his deceased and, perhaps incorrectly, revered brother, and also his estranged father. It feels more of a return to form after the "Iron Hand of Mars", which I felt lacked interest and seemed quite contrived when compared to the other offerings of the series.



While I will miss Lesser and Madeley, I will probably continue the series in the old fashioned way, by reading the books. I need to know what happens to these improbable yet lovable characters.

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