Anton Lesser and Anna Madeley star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the fourth novel in Lindsey Davis' bestselling series featuring Roman private eye Falco. The Iron Hand of Mars sees Falco being dispatched to one of the most hostile parts of the Empire to deliver a new standard, an iron hand, to one of the legions. Germania is cold, wet, dismal, and full of dark forests inhabited by bloodthirsty barbarians, but Falco has an even bigger problem to worry about: he has forgotten Helena Justina's birthday, and she is being pursued by the Emperor's son Titus Caesar. As Falco makes his way through dangerous territory, he encounters the aftermath of a grisly crime, investigates the case of a missing legate, gets into trouble with a centurion, and has a fateful encounter with a Celtic priestess and a giant bull.More
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Love this series!
- Heather Miller
A golden Iron Hand of Mars
I loved the dramatized Iron Hand of Mars. It was full of life and the voices were so distinct that it was easy to tell who was who. The scene sounds were good and made descriptions unnecessary. It was fast moving while keeping the essence of the story and its humour.
The Didius Falco stories are delightful. Falco is such an interesting character with a dry sense of humour. Each story has new twists and turns.
Valerio Massimo Manfredi writes on similar themes, as does Umberto Eco. Great stuff you can get your teeth into!
The story is littered with interesting scenes as it twists and turns. Each book is not only a complete story in itself but also adds a little to Falco's private life.
As a short yet engrossing radio play of under 3 hrs, it was easy to listen to in one sitting. The only issue was the frequent pre- and post- titles with each track - packaged for the radio episodes. I didn't need to know every 20 minutes who the actors were.
If the story was available as a narrated audiobook, I would've chosen to listen to that instead but the radio-play made a delightful way to fill in the gaps in the Falco series.