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"This is a gripping tale, with more to come." (Daily Mail 2010-02-05)

"As exciting as Ben Hur - and far more accurate." (Independent)

"First in a new series, this is enthralling stuff. I can't wait for the next one!" (Shropshire Star)

"This is a thrilling race-against-time historical adventure in the bestselling tradition of Conn Iggulden's Emperor series from the author of the bestselling Boudica series. The Emperor's Spy begins a compelling new series of novels (second one is due this summer in hardback) featuring assassin and spy Sebastos Pantera.Rich characterisation and spine tingling adventure combine in a vividly realised novel set amid the bloodshed and the chaos, the heroism and murderous betrayal of ancient Rome." (Lovereading.co.uk)

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'Stop this fire, whatever it takes. I, your Emperor, order it.'

The Emperor: Nero, Emperor of Rome and all her provinces, feared by his subjects for his temper and cruelty, is in possession of an ancient document predicting that Rome will burn.

The Spy: Sebastos Pantera, assassin and spy for the Roman Legions, is ordered to stop the impending cataclysm. He knows that if he does not, his life - and those of thousands of others - are in terrible danger.

The Chariot Boy: Math, a young charioteer, is a pawn drawn into the deadly game between the Emperor and the Spy, where death stalks the drivers - on the track and off it.

From the author of the bestselling Boudica series, The Emperor's Spy begins a compelling new series of novels featuring Sebastos Pantera. Rich characterisation and spine tingling adventure combine in a vividly realised novel set amid the bloodshed and the chaos, the heroism and murderous betrayal of ancient Rome.




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Nero on a different fiddle 30 juin 2010
Par A J Dormaar (Author of The Chronicles of Aridayn series) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
For anyone who is not familiar with M C Scott's "Boudicca" series (written under her other name of Manda Scott), this book may be a little hard going, as there are many threads from the previous quadrilogy that extend into this new series. But for those who appreciate first class historical research, this new "Rome" series of books promises to be another first rate journey into an ancient past not usually revealed in conventional literature or movies.

M C Scott is a thinking person's writer, and there are many undercurrents of meaning beneath much of her prose that can take the reader a little while to get used to. Her characters are in-depth and complex, and her books are not ones the average reader can readily skim through. A deep spiritual element (or lack of it with some of the more sordid characters)forms the basis of much of her character development, and for those who are familiar with her previous work, they will know how the author has deftly re-created in detail the lost world of the highly spiritual ancient Britons to life and the deep connection they had with nature and the higher workings of the human mind. Rome by contrast is a soulless mechanical monster of insatiable greed and cruelty, and upon reading Ms Scott's works, one is left questioning who were the true barbarians. In this latest novel the events take place three years after the Boudiccan revolt. Sebastos Abdes Pantera, a Roman spy newly back from Britain, has paid a high personal price for his divided loyalties during his time among the British tribes, whom he came to love and honour before Rome. Scarred, bitter and broken, he makes to settle in Gaul (now France), determined to live a peaceful life and never to spy again. But his life is disrupted by two wildly different individuals - the first, Math, is a young chariot driver's apprentice of budding talent, whom Pantera, despite himself, takes a fatherly interest in; the second is Nero, the megalomaniac emperor of Rome. Nero has been informed about a prophecy regarding the exact time and date of when Rome will burn, and is desperate to recover the full prophecy details, including the identities of the culprits behind the plot. Nero discovers Pantera's whereabouts and urges him to accept this one last mission. Aware of what is at stake, Pantera has little choice in the matter.

The depiction of Nero throughout this book makes a refreshing and far more realistic change from the popular belief, which, incidentally, is now known to be wrong. Far from "fiddling" while Rome burned, Nero was well aware of keeping his good standing with the common people and was eager to portray himself as their divine father and benefactor; by most accounts he did everything he could to stem the blaze when it happened. The Nero depicted in this novel shows a young man who is sick in mind more than he is in body, and while he has generous, even honourable, character traits, his vices tend to squash any shred of decency he has. In this case, Nero selects Math's promising chariot team for further advancement in Rome not solely for their ability - he has conceived a lustful interest in the young, promising Math (this is where Nero's fiddling really comes in!) and it takes all of Pantera's skill and dedication to try and shield the boy. Math, incidentally, has no idea of his true identity, just that the adults in his life seem to be unusually protective of him...but for a more full idea of the background of Math, one must really read the "Boudicca" series.

If you are a reader who likes to take time to understand a book and who likes to fully immerse his/herself in the often brutal, gritty but always interesting ancient world, this book is well recommended.
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Too much like hard work 8 février 2010
Par Nick Brett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I was optimistic about this one, looked interesting and had a few good reviews on the UK Amazon. Perhaps I should have looked a bit deeper, many of the reviews are reviewers who have only ever reviewed one book, this one, and that normally makes me treat them with caution.

Anyway, I bought the book so let's move on.

The Emperor's Spy is set within Nero's time and relates to a spy Nero has investigating a prophecy about the fall of Rome. The spy has just come back wounded from Britain and has his own agenda, which includes protecting Math a young lad involved with a chariot team favoured by Nero. Can the spy blend his hidden agenda with Nero's task and avoid the wrath of Nero if his dual purpose is discovered?

I normally like this kind of stuff but this was hard work at times. The narrative was stilted and on many occasions the story was not clear enough. There were numerous occasions where I had to re-read bits to try to figure out what was going on, and this interrupted the flow. The plot was too complex and not engaging enough and while the characters do grow on you - it does take a long while for you to care. The book only really comes to life in the last quarter and at times it was a little painful waiting for it to happen.

The author knows her stuff and captures the time and place well, it's the rest that lets this down.

So I'm going with a three stars on this one although the bottom end of three I have to confess. Often the proof of the pudding is whether you will buy the next one in the series, and sadly I probably won't.
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Fantastic Spy Adventure Set in Ancient Rome 29 juin 2012
Par Sir Furboy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
This book stands very well on its own even if you have not yet read the Boudica series, although some of the characters are developed from the earlier work. Pantera is a former spy, re-engaged by the Emperor Nero to track down the source and meaning of a mysterious prophecy about the burning of Rome, which he is desperate to prevent. Pantera, who has no desire to be involved in such intrigues, does so out of a sudden attachment to 10 year old Math, son of the warrior Caradog, although reduced to thieving and whoring at the start of this work. Math seems to inspire love in others too. There is a healer of Jewish descent called Hannah who also loves him, and Nero falls for him as soon as he sees him, although that appears as much lust as love.

This tangled and somewhat dark beginning opens up into a spy thriller which takes as key players most of the key historical figures of the period. Nero, of course, but also Seneca and Saint Paul/Saul of Tarsus (here called Saulos) as well as the British warrior Caradog (Caratacus) and others, bringing together a broad sweep of the Roman Empire. Potentially epic in its scope, the story nevertheless reads nicely as a spy thriller and kept me engaged throughout. Where sometimes character development seemed a little terse in this work that was largely because those characters had already grown through the earlier series.

Strengths of the novel are Manda Scott's attention to setting and other small details. This was a well researched Roman novel without some of the obvious problems that spoil other works in the same genre.

However the novel was not perfect. The plot kept me engaged but at times perhaps could have been faster, and the intrigue was not as original and unexpected as I would have liked. Also the decision to identify Judas the Galilean with Jesus (thus ripping him out of the correct historical timeframe to no great advantage) and to make Saint Paul a murderous villain seemed to me to be a step to far, and made the book remind me of some Dan Brown nonsense. No one who knows anything about the historical Saint Paul could have identified that man (whatever your view of him) with the TV spy villain of this book.

But that comparison with Dan Brown is unfair. Manda Scott's work is clever, and not as formulaic as Brown's, and although her chapters are short, they are not the "attention deficit disorder" length of Dan Brown's snippets. The story is more satisfying, better told, and much better researched.

I do have a major problem with the research though. Manda Scott says at the end of her book that she got the idea for the plot from a TV documentary suggesting a Christian sect had indeed set the great fire of Rome (in fact Rome had many fires - the city was an overpacked tinderbox). She then states that in research she discovered this TV Programme was wrong - that no such sects existed at the time.

But instead of abandoning the idea she makes the gentile branch of the early Christian church culpable instead. She bases this on two books she has read: the Mythmakers and one by Robert Eisenman. She is convinced by Eisenman's theories, but sadly she is all but alone in that as these have been thoroughly refuted by Pauline scholars, whom she has not apparently read.

So what if it makes a good story though? And so I still liked this book. It was a grand and enjoyable fictional adventure. Nevertheless to base it on the outlandish theories of a couple of books is again something that inspires an unfortunate comparison with Dan Brown - almost an attempt to stir up controversy to boost sales. Who would have thought it? The Saulos of this book is unrecognisable from the author of books such as Galatians and 1 Corinthians, and a better story may have created a truly original villain instead of this one.

I did like the take on Nero, mind. We know that our sources about the emperors were coloured by the later views of them, and having him less mad and more honourable than the source accounts could well have some historical truth about it... or maybe not. But in any case it is fiction and it worked nicely here.
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slow and boring 26 janvier 2014
Par Helmut Krause - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I was reading this book for a couple of days and just seemed to bog down in dialogue, then I checked the place on kindle and I saw that I was 25% in and not an action sequence in sight. To me if you get that far in it bodes ill for the rest of the book, fortunately I won't know as I don't intend to waste time reading any further nor will I read the other three books that I stupidly bought on the back of so called five star reviews.
Excellent book! 5 décembre 2014
Par Ashley J - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
A great story! I loved this book! I would not recommend it for younger readers though as there are some graphic parts to the novel. I was impressed with the quality of this book also as I bought it used.

Overall this is a great historical/fictional novel. It incorporates a love story, mystery, action and so much more! I have bought the whole series and will update as I read them. I can't imagine that it will take long however, as this first book was indeed a page turner!
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