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It is the Roman holiday of Saturnalia. The days are short, the nights are for wild parties. A general has captured a famous enemy of Rome, and brings her home to adorn his Triumph as a ritual sacrifice. But the logistics go wrong.
©2007 Lindsey Davis;
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"As always, the shrewd and outspoken Falco is helped by his headstrong wife, Helena Justina, and hindered by nefarious Anacrites, Rome's Chief Spy. Davis serves up a huge cast of characters and colorful descriptions of daily life in first-century Rome, details sure to please readers with an affinity for ancient history." (Booklist)
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By B. A. Chapman on 03-10-09


This is my first audio book downloaded from Audible - but I am a 20 year fan of audio books, having a collection of over 300. I was delighted to find I could now download them, as I am rapidly running out of shelving space! Having listened on my Sansa Clip I wish I'd changed some time ago, as its much more user friendly than playing the cassettes.

Cornelius Garet as usual does a great job of this Falco novel - pity all novels aren't available. In fact my only quibble with Audible is that of the numerous series of books I would like, only a few of each seem to be available - lets hope this improves with time.

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By John1962 on 06-13-15


From the very beginning this book captured my imagination and kept me entertained for hours. I can't wait to start the next book in the Falco series.

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By on 07-28-17

Lindsay Davis back to her best

Thoroughly loved this book, a great adventure with everything the preceding couple of books in this series seemed to lack.
A gripping tale well narrated that I could lose myself back in ancient Rome.

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