As I walked back through the City, my mood was moderately elevated.This appointment did not displease me nearly as much as I pretended.Like most Romans I abhorred the very thought of sea duty, but this was one of the rare occasions when I was looking forward to getting away from Rome. For years I had complained of the disorder of the City, and now that it was gone, I found that I missed it.All the peace and quiet seemed unnatural.I did not expect it to last Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger in SPQR IX The Princess and the PiratesHis two years of aedileship over, Decius is ready for his next adventure He would rather do anything than join the war with Caesar in the dismal forests of Gaul, so he and his slave protg Hermes find themselves onamission to rid the Mediterranean of pirates They set off withshoddyships and sailors to the island of Cyprus, where a youngCleopatra isstaying Between her impressive crew and the ex pirateAriston providinginsider knowledge of that cutthroat occupation,Decius thinks he standsa good chance of bringing himself some glory Thatwould be toosimple, though.The ruler of the island, Silvanus, ismurdered in amost peculiar fashion and Decius, as a guest in his home,has a sacredduty to find and punish the guilty party Because worldrelations arealready strained, he would rather not suspect Cleopatra,heir to theEgyptian throne.But she has plenty of reasons to hateRome and murderruns in her family Another guest and suspect isGabinius, who is inexile and could have easily given up loyalty towardhis friend if itmeant a quicker return to Rome In the meantime,Decius is beinghumiliated in his pirate hunt, and as if this weren tenough, Aphroditeherself seeks Decius s help by appearing to him in adream vision AsDecius investigates world trade, the island history,and the new kind ofpiracy plaguing the waters, he is findingconnections menacingthan he had ever imagined possible Inthis ninth book in theseries, Roberts crafts another skillfulmystery, this time ferventlypulsing with the collision of Roman,Greek, and Egyptian interests....
|Title||:||SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates: A Mystery (The SPQR Roman Mysteries)|
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|Publisher||:||Minotaur Books 1 April 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||484 Pages|
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SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates: A Mystery (The SPQR Roman Mysteries) Reviews
Das Buch war schmutzig; es wurde wohl mit öligen Fingern am Sandstrand gelesen. Es hatte Eselsohren. Vom Inhalt her war das Ende etwas abrupt.
Römischer Krimi Nr. 9HIC PIRATAE NON SUNT ! Piratenjagd ohne Piraten...Der Senator Decius Metellus hat die Ämter des Quästoren (Schutz der Staatskasse) und des Ädilen (eine Art Polizeichef) erfolgreich hinter sich gebracht und zudem die Nichte Caesars geehelicht. Um auf der Karriereleiter noch weiter aufzusteigen und das Amt des Prätors (oberster Richter) zu ergattern, stehen dem beim Volk beliebten Lebemann jedoch noch andere Aufgaben bevor: Da seine militärischen Erfolge bisher noch unbedeutend sind, beschließt der Familienrat der Meteller, ihn kurzerhand nach Zypern zu entsenden, um den dort agierenden Piraten das Handwerk zu legen.Im Hause des zypriotischen Statthalters Silvanus trifft er auf die ägyptische Prinzessin Kleopatra, die sich mit ihrem Schiff an der Piratenjagd beteiligt.Die Suche nach den Gesetzlosen gestaltet sich jedoch schwierig: Nachdem die Piraten auf einer Nachbarinsel ein Dorf dem Erdboden gleich gemacht haben, wird kurz darauf Silvanus ermordet in seinem Bett aufgefunden. Als Decius die Handelsinteressen der Mittelmeerländer untersucht, fällt auch ein Verdacht auf Kleopatra...Obwohl auch der 9. Teil der SPQR- Reihe kurzweilig und unterhaltsam ist, lässt sie "Zypern- Connection" doch einige Fragen offen und die Handlung kommt nicht so richtig in Fahrt. Nachdem die vorherigen Bände jedoch geradezu brillant geraten sind, ist ein kleiner Ausrutscher nach unten mehr als verzeihlich!
I've read many 'Roman' book series, and to my mind, the SPQRs are the best.One reason is that Decius is a more real character than other lead chaps, who tend to be far too anachronistic. Decius is witty but doesn't sound like a 20th century American, and is a more accurate product of his time and its values (e.g. he's not a pacifist and he isn't hen-pecked by his wife). Don't get me wrong, I'm a pacifist and enjoy the castigations of my wife, but then I'm a product of my time and culture, both very different from ancient Rome.Another reason is that Roberts' writing is refreshingly lean, almost curt, and this gives his books great pace without being shallow.In this latest episode we get both the background (Cyprus, piracy, trade, naval matters) and the plot delivered in this firm and sinewy manner, and Decius and the other characters in the book stand out, clear and authentic. And even here on the other side of the Mediterranean, Roman politics exert its grip.The only problem with this book is that it is far too short.
Any other book would merit 4 stars, but this was a mild disappointment. I couldn't wait for this follow on in the series, but found it was just not quite as entrancing as the others. That is not to say that it was not a very good read, but the story seemed thinner than earlier ones in the series. Decius Caecilius Metellus is his usual witty self, surrounded by fascinating characters including Cleopatra and his wife Julia - niece to Julius Caesar. I will continue to read the following books in the series.
Decius has finished two years as aedile so about two years has passed since the last book. Clodius and Crassus are both dead in the background. There is a fleeting reference to the battle Crassus was killed at without even mentioning he has died. The only evidence of Clodius being dead is in explaining why Milo is exiled. I am glad that we got to skip that episode as this version of Milo is so much fun and such a good friend to Decius. His guilt is only by wrong place wrong time rather than the other version where it was a deadly planned ambush. I hope that this won't be his final appearance maybe a trip to Massilia is in the offing for Decius. Decius has been sent to clean up some pirates in Cyprus and finds Cleopatra in residence with a soon to be murdered governor. Yet again there is more than meets the eye and Decius is up to his eyeballs in a mess of Roman politics. He sorts it out as usual in an amusing if unseen manner
Another great book in the series, this time in Cyprus, with Decius chasing pirates and Cleopatra joining him in his quest. Of course, Decius is also investigating a murder. That is fascinating, but I do love Decius whether he's investigating murders or commenting on Greeks, Egyptians, politics, etc. Decius is a fun guy, and a very enlightened Roman even though he does have some prejudices, as all of us do.Cleopatra was fantastic. She's a teenager, around 16 or 17, has a lot of power, is very bossy yet quite charming, I can tell the author did his homework.
John Maddox Roberts SPQR IX is an okay but not great addition to the very enjoyable tales of Decius Caecillus Metellus. Without the city or its environs as a backdrop, our hero seems strangely adrift (no pun intended). There's no mystery to to resolve, and introducing the Princess Cleopatra felt rather contrived. Once going to the bother, though Roberts could have made more use of a figure not yet an historical icon.Most of the details of the ships and Mediterranean seem perfectly true in what I suppose is an adventure but Roberts is no Patrick O'Brien and Decius Metellus is definitely no Jack Aubrey. There also seems to be a distinct falling off of the wit or humor that characterized many of the earlier works. All in all, I would say Metellus didn't enjoy this adventure very much more than I did. He got through it; so did I. Looking forward to a return to firmer, more familiar ground.
How do you catch pirates? You know where they are only after they successfully raid a ship or port, but then they fade away. Decius Caecilius Metellus The Younger is sent to Cyprus with a commission to hunt and destroy pirates who are raiding the eastern Mediterranean. Decius, who hates sailing, suddenly finds himself as Commodore of a Fleet of three vessels based on the island of Cyprus.This mission is a challenge for Decius. First, other than his faithful slave Hermes, he is alone, without anyone to trust. Cyprus is a new territory for Rome, but the Romans living there are not friends or acquaintances of Decius or his family. There were naval assets on the island, but they were seized by Crassus and General Gabinius for previous military campaigns. Decius is left with three small ships and a few weapons.Decius is more of a detective than a soldier or sailor. Early in his campaign, Cleopatra, a 16 year old Princess of Egypt, volunteers to join his force with her ship and warriors. Can he trust Cleopatra? Who can he trust? What can he do to find and confront the pirates? If he does find them, how can he defeat them without a significant force of trained and tough men? This novel presents new challenges to Decius, and his efforts make an entertaining story. The outcome of his battles and the final solution to the mystery of the pirates is realistic."The Princess and the Pirates" provides the reader with historical information on ancient Roman culture. First is the reality that Rome did not have a noble beginning, instead it was founded by outcasts and bandits that retreated to the site from various tribes in the area. This fact may explain some more "uncivilized" habits popular among the Roman "nobility."Second, at the time, people believed in three "gods" called fates: Clotho, who is said to spin the "tread" of each person's life on her spinning wheel; Lachesis, who measures our thread of life; and Atropos, who cuts our thread solely on her whim. So, to people who believe, despite hard work, their life is out of their control.Third, we learn much about languages of the time: Aramaic, the tongue spoken in Judea, Syria, and the surrounding land, was a simplification of several languages spoken in that part of the world; Latin was a merger of Faliscian, Sabine, Marsian, and Bruttian which had been spoken by some of the original settlers of Rome."The Princess and the Pirates" is a fun book. I highly recommend this novel for those who like historical fiction.
In this ninth installment of John Maddox Roberts' "SPQR" series, Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger is given a commission by the Roman Senate to quell piracy, which has broken out in the vicinity of Cyprus, which is has recently become a Roman possession. What first appears to be a straightforward military job quickly morphs into a mystery of conspiracy and treason. As always, Decius is up to the task of figuring out what is going on.This novel combines an solid mystery against a fabulous historical backdrop. Cleopatra is here, and while Decius is fighting pirates, Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great are maneuvering for their final showdown, which is still in the future, but easily foreseen. The atmospherics in this novel, in common with all of the SPQR series, are excellent, and the reader truly feels transported back into Roman times.This is one of the best novels in the SPQR series and is excellent historical fiction. Highly recommended.