• by John Maddox Roberts
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: SPQR
  • 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was a summer of glorious triumph for the mighty Roman Republic. Her invincible legions had brought all foreign enemies to their knees. But in Rome there was no peace. The streets were flooded with the blood of murdered citizens, and there were rumors of more atrocities to come. Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger was convinced a conspiracy existed to overthrow the government, a sinister cabal that could only be destroyed from within. But admission into the traitorous society of evil carried a grim price: the life of Decius's closest friend - and maybe his own.


What the Critics Say

"Roberts again proves that he's perfectly at home in the urban sprawl of ancient Rome.... Readers familiar with the period will be entertained by passing references, such as to the posturing Julius Caesar or to young Catullus...." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Darn... Want more in this series. Please?

SPQR I is the first part of this story. Listen to that first and you will be hooked. Listen to this book and you will immediately suffer withdrawal pangs.Totally bummed that this astonishing trip to ancient Rome can't be continued. Sigh.... Um... if when you read this there is another John Maddox Roberts read by Simon Vance available as an AudioBook... Er.... Lemme know, K? I'll buy it in a Roman minute.
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- Ted "Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination."

Loved it

Republican Rome is a favorite subject for me. This era is one of the turning points in world history. This series is light-hearted but never silly. The dialog and the plot are very clever. I can't wait for more!
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- Wadie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.