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I really wish they'd quit screwing with the titles on Hewson's books. I just got the audiobook, but there was some confusion until I read both descriptions & figured it out (I haven't seen anything to indicate that on the precis). I like Hewson's Nic Costa series, but keep thinking new ones have come out only to find they're old ones with different titles. (btw, "Dante's Numbers" = "Dante's Killings").
Will add a review after I actually listen to it (I gave it 4 stars because of his earlier books).
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After a bit of disappointment with Dantes Numbers, Hewson was back to form with this book. Maybe the stories are getting a little overly complicated, but it had plenty of meat, lots of interesting new characters and all of the regular characters.
I just wish I could listen to some of the earlier books, which are not available on Audible.
I have enjoyed David Hewson's previous books in his Rome Series, of which this is the eighth. His hall-mark style is to link a modern police investigation to some historical event, old document or work of art. In this story it's a mythological being, the Blue Demon, from the time of the Etruscans. All the familiar characters are in on the investigation: Nick Costa, Peroni, Theresa Lupo, Falconi, et al. I found this a complicated tale to keep track of as it involved so many threads: political intrigue and corruption, terrorist cells, sleeper operatives from the cold war era, the various mafia-type organizations and clues from the Estruscan era and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. There was more similarity to Frederick Forsyth's style of thriller than other books in the Rome series. By the end of the book I was beginning to think that the author had stretched credibility even further from reality than usual, however, he tacked on a short history of the shenanigans and corruption in the recent Italian political arena which reminded me that it wasn't so preposterous after all.
As usual Saul Reichlin does a magnificent job in bringing the characters to life.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
A gathering of Heads of State for an international conference was always going to be a terrorist target but this had you guessing to the end. The additional post script by Hewson further fleshed out the basis for the plot and left you with even more to think about, especially given the current state of Italian politics.
The plot however was much darker than previous books, which have not flinched from strong subjects. I haven't read around the publication of this book so don't know what further plans Hewson has for this series. His books never follow a fixed formula although each character has developed along the line as they work through their strengths and try to avoid their weaknesses.
If you haven't read any of the Rome series, although each book stands on its own, they are best read in sequence especially ahead of this one. Narration was good and thoughtful, juggling the many characters clearly, including the women, so often the downfall of a male reader.
The text is nicely broken up so that you can easily find your place if like me, your MP3 player seems to lack a bookmark. I occasionally needed to go back as Hewson's spare writing style doesn't spell out every single thing, leaving facts to come together at the end. This series has been a class act. I just hope that this is not the end.
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