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The Tribune's Curse ★ [PDF / Epub] ☄ The Tribune's Curse By John Maddox Roberts ✪ – Thomashillier.co.uk I was happier than any mere mortal has a right to be and I should have known better The entire body of received mythology and every last Greek tragedy ever written have made one inescapable truth utte I was happier than any mere mortal has a right to be and I should have known better The entire body of received mythology and every last Greek tragedy ever written have made one inescapable truth utterly clear If you are supremely happy, the gods have it in for you They don t like for mortals to be happy, and they will make you payIn The Tribune's Kindle - his extensive series featuring the detecting feats of Decius Caecilius Metellus the younger, set in the Rome ofBC, Roberts achieves a very believable modern feeling with his well researched description of the stories background This seventh episode, however, combines a familiar view of the demands office seeking makes on a candidate with a situation that is impossibly bizarre to us today An entire city, versed in literature, music, and the other arts, ruled democratically, for its time, is thrown into panic by an enraged man s curseThe Consul Crassus, the wealthiest man in Rome, frustrated by the Senate s vote against his leading Rome in a war against Parthia, plans to march his private army to invade the country himself Almost all of Rome turns out to watch him carry out his threat and lead his troops out of the city But before he can, a t powerful tribune called Ateius leaps to the top of the city s gate and invokes all the gods to put a curse on Crassus and his armyRome is terrified Ateius has called down a forbidden curse the worst and most frightening blasphemy ever perpetrated It seriously threatens the entire populace, and drastic steps to propitiate the gods must be taken immediately Worse even, someone kills Ateius perhaps in the vain hope that this will lighten the curse It will notAfter joining the other men of the city in a daylong cleansing ritual that left every able bodied male citizen, Decius included, in a state of half collapse, Decius learns that he has been chosen to uncover the person responsible for the murder The culprit must be found in order to complete the cleansing, and there is no one better equipped to do that than DeciusRoberts skillfully blends the playboy and the serious sleuth in Decius just as he combines what we see as contradictions in the Rome ofBC He spices his story with humor and suspense, with characters charming and wise and foolish and very much like we are today And he presents readers with a look into another world that has them eagerly awaitingsits.


10 thoughts on “The Tribune's Curse

  1. Georgina Ortiz Georgina Ortiz says:

    Another absorbing read from John Maddox Roberts I like how he focuses on different aspects of Ancient Roman life and relives them enthusiastically for the modern reader There were just some scenes in this book which I felt could use a fresher treatment like Decius getting jumped at near his home a scene that can be read in almost every book in this series Otherwise, good job JMR As always.


  2. Travis Travis says:

    I enjoyed this foray into the world of Ancient Rome through the eyes of Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger This one had a lot of internal Roman politics in it, which is always fascinating, because we see how they really weren t all that different from us Despite 2000 years difference, politics is still politics, the theater around it just changes.In this story a Tribune of the People uses curses and cult religion in the last attempt to stop Crassus from waging his way against Parthia Deciu I enjoyed this foray into the world of Ancient Rome through the eyes of Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger This one had a lot of internal Roman politics in it, which is always fascinating, because we see how they really weren t all that different from us Despite 2000 years difference, politics is still politics, the theater around it just changes.In this story a Tribune of the People uses curses and cult religion in the last attempt to stop Crassus from waging his way against Parthia Decius is summoned by the pontifical college to investigate the curse, and eventually commissioned by his good friend Milo who is not praetor urbanus to investigate the murder of said Tribune Meanwhile the city is under the threat of a mob riot This puts a lot of strain on Decius JMR provides us with an interesting look into the world of Roman curses, and the State religious institutions of Rome, as well as the office of Tribune of the People.There was a twist at the end that I did not see coming until we got much closer to the reveal I was delighted that now that he was back in Rome, we once again had Julia Minor as Decius s sounding board and confidant as well as his wife Finally


  3. Linda Humberstone Linda Humberstone says:

    Another entertaining look at Rome through the eyes and investigations of Decius, the up and coming senator and detective who is ordered to investigate another intriguing case Amusing and well written, many historical facts are mentioned in the background as the story develops The author illustrates what it must have been like living in Rome with it s grand districts, run down districts, numerous gangs looking for trouble and supporting the cut throat politicians who pretended surprise that cor Another entertaining look at Rome through the eyes and investigations of Decius, the up and coming senator and detective who is ordered to investigate another intriguing case Amusing and well written, many historical facts are mentioned in the background as the story develops The author illustrates what it must have been like living in Rome with it s grand districts, run down districts, numerous gangs looking for trouble and supporting the cut throat politicians who pretended surprise that corruption existed under the Roman mind set of dignitas , gravitas and virtus


  4. David Samuels David Samuels says:

    My main critique is that the mystery didn t really begin until about midway through the book Before then, the focus was mostly Roman politics Don t get me wrong, I find that stuff interesting, but if I wanted to read a book on Roman politics intrigue, I d choose one of the many selections available elsewhere in the market I read Roberts and historical mystery at large because I expect a priority on casework with maybe some overarching history, but this book seemed to reverse that.


  5. Tamara Tamara says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here My favourite SPQR stories are those when Decius is on home turf, like this one wherewe are back in Rome Here we get an interesting story that doesn t start out with him having to sleuth on a murder but on a curse instead with the highest motivation that leads him to wishing he was back in Gaul with Ceasar Of course, murder eventually happens and with a few twists and turns Decius still manages to save the day, so to speak.


  6. Sophie Sophie says:

    Over the top curses and political life in ancient Rome Less risk to life of Decius in this one.


  7. Sandi Sandi says:

    Our hero, Decius Caecilius Metellus the younger, is back in Rome where he belongs and gets involved in another interesting investigation Listened to the audio version which was read by John Lee who always does a great job with this series.


  8. Stephen Miletus Stephen Miletus says:

    This is a vivid retelling of a critical moment in the history of the Late Roman Republic, and is accurate Yes, the Tribune Ateius Capito did pronounce a bizarre curse upon Crassus as he left Rome, which led to the purification rites described herein only the historical Ateius did live for a fewyears to die in the Civil Wars but that is a minor discrepancy I m willing to overlook.However, I am giving this only three stars because Roberts was sloppy in resolving his plot Decius Caecili This is a vivid retelling of a critical moment in the history of the Late Roman Republic, and is accurate Yes, the Tribune Ateius Capito did pronounce a bizarre curse upon Crassus as he left Rome, which led to the purification rites described herein only the historical Ateius did live for a fewyears to die in the Civil Wars but that is a minor discrepancy I m willing to overlook.However, I am giving this only three stars because Roberts was sloppy in resolving his plot Decius Caecilius Metellus is given two tasks to complete uncover the murderer of Ateius which he does to report to a special committee of religious dignitaries who revealed the secret name of Rome which he does not Yes, he does identify a possible source for this secret name, but Decius never reports his discovery to the religious dignitaries Roberts gets distracted by the doings involved with Decius other task never bothers to resolve this issue although it would have only taken a page or two somewhere in the middle If you can handle that oversight, however, this is a ripping yarn worth your time to read I don t consider sharing this information as spoilers One reads a mystery, one expects a murderer to be identified and punished Only in this case, the murderer is a surprise


  9. Christopher Taylor Christopher Taylor says:

    Another solid outing from Roberts, this time the hero just fresh back from Gaul and running for the dubious honor of the office of Aedile Set just as Crassus sets out for his doomed campaign to defeat the Parthians, our hero Decius Metellus the younger is caught up in yet another mystery.This time the mystery is twofold and appears separate, and is evencomplex and mystical than ever before The writing is solid and enjoyable, with plenty of historical information and insights into ancient Another solid outing from Roberts, this time the hero just fresh back from Gaul and running for the dubious honor of the office of Aedile Set just as Crassus sets out for his doomed campaign to defeat the Parthians, our hero Decius Metellus the younger is caught up in yet another mystery.This time the mystery is twofold and appears separate, and is evencomplex and mystical than ever before The writing is solid and enjoyable, with plenty of historical information and insights into ancient Rome.One thing I truly appreciate and enjoy about this series is how seriously and honestly John Maddox Roberts takes the faith, superstitions, and beliefs of the time period His narrator, Senator Metellus, is very Roman and finds non Roman ideas and behavior strange and even suspicious He presents the beliefs and religion of the people non ironically, and the hero is not the typical only skeptic in the time period who is just like modern man that so many writers of historical fiction do.A solid mystery with fascinating details, another fine read


  10. Norma Norma says:

    The best parties ever seen in Rome We are back in Rome again with elections coming up and our main protagonist, Decius Caecilius Metellus the younger, is one of the candidates, having left Julius Caesar s troops warring in Gaul But, as usual, things do not go smoothly when Rome itself falls under a virulent curse directed at the richest man of that fair city as he leaves to embark on his own war in search of glory and greater wealth When the senator who performed the curse is, himself, foun The best parties ever seen in Rome We are back in Rome again with elections coming up and our main protagonist, Decius Caecilius Metellus the younger, is one of the candidates, having left Julius Caesar s troops warring in Gaul But, as usual, things do not go smoothly when Rome itself falls under a virulent curse directed at the richest man of that fair city as he leaves to embark on his own war in search of glory and greater wealth When the senator who performed the curse is, himself, found apparently murdered, it falls to our luckless and flawed hero to investigate.Another excellent, puzzling mystery to unwind without the help of modern forensics The writing is very visual as we are led through the streets of Rome, meeting sometimes strange and exotic characters The dialogue is filled with wry humour and fascinating titbits of Roman life and culture are revealed John Lee does a good narration as he becomes the voice of Decius.It s fun, it is exciting and it even teaches without preaching Highly recommended


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