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I am so tempted to give The Throne of Caesar 4-stars but, ultimately, I have to be honest: it's a sad disappointment of a book in what has been a fun and stellar series.
I've loved Gordianus so. I've loved his family, I've loved his friends, and I've loved hissing at his detractors/enemies.
This is still well-written, and Saylor's research is flawless. But that's part of the problem: There's a lot of wandering prose and offshoots that basically scream: Look at me! I did so much research! The plot wanders into topics of epic poetry, and of what we think of as mythology. All of it winds up beings tied up at the very end, making them useful but, when you're initially listening to it; it's very dull.
And the skills of Gordianus? Here, looking for a plot against Caesar, Gordianus makes the rounds of senators asking a probing, oh so provocative question: Where can I get a decent toga? There. That's it. That's as far as The Finder will go, and each answer makes him satisfied with his final decision. To one used to the hyper-observational skills he's displayed in books in the past, this is a sore, sore disappointment.
Plus, you can see the end coming a mile away :(
John Curless does a fine job narrating. Actually, he's kinda like the poor man's John Lee. His narration can be almost as sweeping as Lee's can.
The only real satisfaction comes from the last, very last paragraph. That one almost moved me to tears.
But, alas! It still couldn't push this book in to 4-star territory...
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This book cheats the reader, and Is dull and boring. Godianus is tasked with preventing one of history's most famous crimes. He meets the assassins and sees nothing. Instead, he witnesses a murder and solves that. Usually, Saylor is historically accurate. Virgil proves that this murder never occurred. Saylor uses Plutarch's incorrect version. Even the reader was not very good. All characters sound alike, with an old phlegmy voice.