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No Roads Lead to Rome: The Decline and Fall of Damn Near Everything (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

R.S. Gompertz

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Présentation de l'éditeur

Spain 123 AD. The humor filled decline and fall of damn near everything on the fringes of the Roman Empire.

From Publishers Weekly:

The Roman Empire is at a crossroads, and Emperor Hadrian, realizing that continued expansion will make the empire's borders indefensible, decrees consolidation to a size the legions can better guard. That story is told here in a confusion of the historical, the comical, the metaphorical, and the adventurous that mostly (and surprisingly) holds together fairly well. In the province of Hispania, the governor, Festus Rufius, has just taken over for his murdered predecessor, veteran Centurion Marcus Valerius.

Surviving on graft, plots, kickbacks and bribery, the Empire lurches on while Hispania is beset by slave revolts, food riots, uncollected taxes, and bad wine. And so the province's leadership must resort to a series of desperate illusions to disguise its failings.

All this is recounted swiftly, with verve, panache, and a light tread that makes for a delightful, well told tale.

Publisher's Description:

It's AD 123. On the edge of the Roman Empire, a dead governor leaves behind the opportunity of a lifetime.

Mysteriously promoted, a senator’s son finds himself in an ancient world of trouble. Within days of taking office, Hispania’s taxpayers are in open revolt, all legionaries depart to build Hadrian's Wall, and the once-sleepy province is rocked by slave revolts, bread riots, and fad religions.

A quixotic saga steeped in humor and history, "No Roads Lead to Rome" chronicles the clumsy schemes of the new governor and his shadowy adviser, a superstitious centurion's struggle to save his faith in the faded ideals of the Republic, and a young rebel's reluctant vow to change the course of history. All are pitted against the Gods, the Emperor, and the decline and fall of nearly everything.

It's AD 123--a time not unlike the present--and No Roads Lead to Rome.

Biographie de l'auteur

R.S. Gompertz grew up in a suburb of Disneyland. He has lived and worked in the USA, France and Spain. He writes historical fiction served up in a thick broth of humor and adventure. "No Roads to Rome" and "Aqueduct to Nowhere" are his companion novels that wink at the modern world through a 2000 year old lens.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 226 pages
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  • Editeur : Via del Prat; Édition : 3 (23 octobre 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002U0M5YC
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rare wit and great observations 29 octobre 2009
Par Constant Reader - Publié sur
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Humor, wit, a considerable amount about Rome you never knew before, marvelous characters, antic humor and profound observations, No Roads Lead to Rome is a must read for this generation. I have not had the chance to read many authors who are this funny. It's hard to read aloud because the chuckles get in the way. The richness of this book is such that you will be arguing with friends about your favorite character. There are so many to love and hate and some with whom you cannot help but empathize even if their bizarre actions make you shake your head. They complicate their own lives in ways that are all too human. I understand there is a sequel to this book and it deserves several. This is a whole world teaming with manic motives and noble aspirations that mirror our present age with biting wit and a lot of heart. It's a great read.
26 internautes sur 32 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid Writing Undone By Story 11 juin 2010
Par Jason Golomb - Publié sur
I really wanted to like this book. The premise is strong: In the reign of Hadrian, an aging Roman warrior seeks an end to his army career; an uncaring and cantankerous governor of a Roman outpost takes control of his new post; a mysterious box contains a secret and politically explosive document. This self-published book was also attempting to take a novel approach to the sand-and-sandal epic by introducing a light and more humorous voice and approach.

Author R.S. Gompertz writing is, at times, very strong. He does a wonderful job with exposition, and his powers of description bely the fact that this is his first novel. An example as Centurion Valerius walks through the Roman province of Hispania: "The misty silhouettes of trees reached over the path like bony arms of death...The gray gloom infiltrated every wet breath that Valerius suck through his teeth." I truly enjoyed Gompertz' mood and scenery setting.

Where Gompertz fails is in the cohesiveness of the story, the dialogue and an ability to draw the reader into his characters. The story doesn't have the strong connective component from chapter to chapter, or as one transitions between scenes, that one finds in more polished work. The dialogue is stilted and I found myself re-reading conversations to try and get a comprehensive grasp of motivation and understand the base meaning of an exchange between characters (let alone trying to identify what deeper meaning there may have been).

In the end, I suspect the novel would move from a 2-star rating to a high 3 or 4 with some professional editing. Gompertz is a genuinely good writer and has a fine sense of humor. Those components alone aren't able to make up for a fractured and disconnected story.

I look forward to Gompertz securing a publishing contract and the services of a strong editor.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 All Roads Lead to Worms 27 décembre 2009
Par skay - Publié sur
I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns in the road. Lots of pointed humor transgressing time and pointing to the futility of mankind and our abilities to constantly screw up and then do it again and again. Almost like the Myth of Sisyphus--the rock keeps rolling over the pusher and one wonders how and why they keep getting up. A new perspective on ancient history: the true beginning of civilization. I'm glad that there is a somewhat happy ending as I got quite close to the quirky characters.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 These roads lead to laughter 18 avril 2010
Par Carolyn J. Rose - Publié sur
I thought the problems of modern corporate culture were, well, modern, until R.S. Gompertz made me think again. He also made me chuckle, snicker, and even snort.

In No Roads Lead to Rome, he satirizes managerial incompetence, consultants run amok, staff corruption, failures to communicate, corporate double-speak, fuzzy mission statements, faulty goals, cost over-runs, and the art of passing the buck--or should I say passing the sesterce, the coin of the Roman realm?

It's 123 AD and Centurion Marcus Valerian is mere months away from completing twenty years of service to the Roman Empire. A veteran of African campaigns, he's been summoned to Hispania. But the provincial governor who sent for him is dead--and not from accident or old age.

At Hispania's helm is Festus Rufius, a man who's all about himself, and his advisor, Winus Minem, a consultant with the ethics of a vulture employed by a firm called Imperial Associates. Festus Rufius can't balance a budget or find his way around his own villa, but he's as crafty as the Borgias and sees that the road to success lies through another funeral--that of the Emperor Hadrian.

Will his plot succeed? Or will Marcus Valerian overcome all odds--including an astounding lack of ethics, honesty, and integrity-to save the emperor and the ideals that made him sign on to serve the Republic?

No Roads Lead to Rome won't make you love your cubicle or your boss, but it will make you grateful that you're not in the mountains of Hispania with your sandals full of snow and a pack of double-dealers plotting to make sure you don't live long enough to collect your pension. And it will make you laugh. A lot.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 No Roads Lead to Rome a must read! 17 décembre 2009
Par J Groff - Publié sur
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This book is well written with great use of language and detail that makes Rome and the characters pop from the page in vivid detail. The author subtly works in a great deal of humor that will make you laugh out loud as you read. Characters and plot quickly develop to reveal a thoughtful, entertaining story. I haven't been this entertained by a novel in quite sometime and recommend this book to all.
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