In The Throne of Caesar, award winning mystery author Steven Saylor turns to the most famous murder in history It s Rome, 44 AD, and the Ides of March are approaching.Julius Caesar has been appointed Dictator for life by the Roman Senate Having pardoned his remaining enemies and rewarded his friends, Caesar is now preparing to leave Rome with his army to fight the Parthian Empire.Gordianus the Finder, after decades of investigating crimes and murders involving the powerful, has finally retired But on the morning of March 10th, he s summoned to meet with Cicero and Caesar himself Both have the same request keep your ear to the ground, ask around, and find out if there are any conspiracies against Caesar s life Caesar, however, has one other important matter to discuss he is going to make Gordianus a Senator when he attends the next session on the 15th of March.With only four days left before he s made a Senator, Gordianus must dust off his old skills and see what conspiracy against Julius Caesar, if any, he can uncover Because the Ides of March are approachingPraise for Steven Saylor A compelling storyteller, with a striking talent for historical reconstruction Mary Beard Saylor s scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals Ruth Rendell The most reliably entertaining and well researched novels about the ancient world are Steven Saylor s tales of the Roman proto detective Gordianus the Finder The Throne of Caesar brings the series to a satisfying conclusion and offers a new, compelling perspective on familiar historic events Sunday Times Writing a detective story about one of the most famous murders in history is no easy feat, but Saylor carries it off with characteristic brilliance he has made this era his own Ian Ross...
|Title||:||The Throne of Caesar (Roma Sub Rosa Book 16) (English Edition)|
|Format Type||:||Other Book|
|Publisher||:||Constable 6 M rz 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||206 Pages|
|File Size||:||594 KB|
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The Throne of Caesar (Roma Sub Rosa Book 16) (English Edition) Reviews
Wie immer ein toller Roman aus der Gordianus-Reihe. Die Kindle-Übertragung ist allerdings sehr schlecht ausgefallen, ständig sind Umbrüche und Auslassungen im Text, manche Sätze gehen einfach nicht auf der nächsten Seite weiter. Ganz offensichtlich fand keine Produktkontrolle statt, wäre der Text redigiert worden, wäre das schon auf der ersten Seite aufgefallen.
Gordianus the Finder is happily retired, spending his time drinking with Cinna, a poet, and enjoying his family and his garden. But soon his calm life is interrupted, when first Cicero and then Julius Caesar himself ask him to investigate the possibility that someone might be conspiring to assassinate Caesar. The latter is preparing for another journey of conquest, which he plans to undertake in about a week, just after the Ides of March…. In his end notes, Mr. Saylor points out that there was always going to come a time in his long-running Gordianus the Finder series when he would have to deal with the death of Caesar, and how he managed to avoid doing so for some years by writing stories of Gordianus’s youth. (I don’t think I’m giving anything away by mentioning Caesar’s death here; after all, in what other context does one ever use the term “the Ides of March”?) As ever, "The Throne of Caesar" is well researched and beautifully written; the reader can practically hear and smell ancient Rome about about one while reading it. It isn’t entirely necessary to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one, but the reader will certainly want to discover those earlier books too, after finishing this. Recommended!
As the author says in his afterword, he finally got a handle on how to make a murder mystery out of the most famous (and least mysterious) murder of all time. Another fine episode of the Sub Rosa series.The author hints that this is the conclusion to the story of Gordanius, and certainly brings down (and around) the curtin in fine style.But he also gives us an out with his daughter (and her Baby Huey of a husband) to carry on in the family business. So Steven, if you want Diana to be Archie Goodwin to Grandpa's Nero [Wolfe], I am ready to pre-order.
While this installment of the Gordianus story does not have the action and intensity of the previous novels, it delves deeply and deftly into Roman life. One always feels present on the “fragrant” streets of Ancient Rome when reading Saylor - such is his power as an author. I enjoyed this book as much as any of the prior installments.I hope the Gordianus story does not end here - and that Diana picks up where her father left off.
In THE THRONE OF CAESAR, Gordianus the Finder faces one of the most difficult challenges in his career: to learn whether there’a a plot to kill Julius Caesar so it can be nipped in the bud. Author Steven Saylor faces a task that’s equally daunting: to make readers care about a murder mystery in which most of them already know what’s going to happen.Alas, Gordianus doesn’t succeed at his task. Saylor, however, does extremely well at his.Accompanied by his drinking pal, the poet Cinna, Gordianus grapples with a side issue: Caesar’s promise to propose him for the Senate on the Ides of March. The Finder’s giddy exhilaration humanizes him as he searches for a new toga, while his family adjusts to the overwhelming boost in social class. Cinna comes alive, too, his faux modesty hiding an artistic yearning to be acclaimed for his ambitious (if somewhat creepy) poem along the lines of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.The ensuing plot twists will startle you if you think you know everything about events on the Ides. You may figure out a little sooner than Gordianus does what actually happened, but maybe the author wants to emphasize its scandalousness. I would add that one aspect of a related tragedy seems a bit far-fetched. However, that – as Cinna might say – makes it truly poetic justice.
What happened to Julius Caesar on the Ides of March is—or at least used to be—common knowledge. Likely readers of Steven Saylor’s Sub Rosa series will know all the details too, many from Shakespeare’s familiar treatment of the story: "Et tu, Brute?" As Saylor acknowledges in an entertaining Author’s Note, turning this notorious assassination into a mystery poses quite a dilemma.But his gamble pays off handsomely in “Throne of Caesar." As narrated by Gordianus, events unfurl at a pace suited to a finder in his mid-sixties following up on a request from Caesar himself to discover whether men on a list he provides pose a threat. Gordianus’s investigation strays into matters as disparate as finding a decent toga for a new senator and appreciating the achievements of the poet Cinna. Indeed, for three quarters of its length, the book seems more history than mystery. But that’s the set up and nothing, it turns out, is irrelevant.The prose is delightful from start to finish, every line confident and polished, every character purposeful and well drawn. I can imagine a slightly tighter version of the novel. But that’s a quibble. “Throne of Caesar” is a genuine accomplishment.