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’ closest friend—and maybe his own.
The author’s masterful writing and impeccable faithfulness to historical fact join together to create a grippingly suspenseful tale of murder and conspiracy in Ancient Rome.
© 1991 by John Maddox Roberts
“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.”
“Roberts’ historical mystery, set amid the Roman Empire, fascinates with its vivid imagery and wit…Simon Vance adeptly pronounces the Latin names, titles, and terms, and infuses the characters with memorable vocal attributes—accents, age differences, irony, and compelling emphasis…Cameos of true historical figures shine with Vance’s inflections.”
John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.