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«La saga di Fabbri è il massimo.» la Repubblica Autore del bestseller Il giustiziere di Roma Vespasiano è appena diventato governatore della provincia d’Africa. Nerone, il folle imperatore dal temperamento imprevedibile, gli ordina di intraprendere un viaggio con i suoi uomini più fidati in una regione remota per liberare duecento cittadini romani che sono stati resi schiavi. «La saga di Fabbri è il massimo.» la Repubblica Autore del bestseller Il giustiziere di Roma Vespasiano è appena diventato governatore della provincia d’Africa. Nerone, il folle imperatore dal temperamento imprevedibile, gli ordina di intraprendere un viaggio con i suoi uomini più fidati in una regione remota per liberare duecento cittadini romani che sono stati resi schiavi. Quando Vespasiano arriva per negoziare la loro liberazione, sperando di poter presto fare ritorno a Roma da eroe, scopre che l’intera popolazione di schiavi è sull’orlo di una rivolta. Non ci sono eserciti per controllare i tumulti ed è solo questione di tempo prima che la situazione degeneri nel caos. Dovrà fare ritorno insieme ai romani liberati fuggendo nel deserto. E con i ribelli che incalzano alle loro spalle, la sete e la stanchezza potrebbero rivelarsi fatali. È una disperata corsa contro il tempo per la sopravvivenza. Ma intanto, a Roma, le stravaganze dell’imperatore destano grande preoccupazione. I senatori temono per la loro vita e persino i più vicini a Nerone cominciano ad abbandonare la città, timorosi di ritorsioni. Chi potrà salvare Roma e riportare l’ordine? Un autore da oltre 50.000 copie in Italia  Vespasiano intraprende una rischiosa missione attraverso il deserto per salvare duecento romani resi schiavi  «Nell’avvincente saga di Fabbri, Vespasiano non può sfuggire alla tumultuosa politica di Roma, ormai sull’orlo della disgregazione.» la Repubblica «Fabbri fa un lavoro eccellente.» The Times «Una serie che entusiasma.» The History «Ricco di intrighi di potere e vivide rappresentazioni di battaglie e torture, l’ottavo libro della serie di Fabbri è straordinario.» Sunday Sport Roberto Fabbri è nato a Ginevra e vive tra Londra e Berlino. Per venticinque anni ha lavorato in produzioni televisive e cinematografiche. La passione per la storia, in particolare per quella dell’antica Roma, lo ha spinto a scrivere la serie dedicata all’imperatore Vespasiano, di cui la Newton Compton ha già pubblicato Il tribuno, Il giustiziere di Roma, Il generale di Roma, Il re della guerra, Sotto il nome di Roma, Il figlio perduto di Roma e La furia di Roma. Roma in fiamme è il suo ultimo romanzo.


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«La saga di Fabbri è il massimo.» la Repubblica Autore del bestseller Il giustiziere di Roma Vespasiano è appena diventato governatore della provincia d’Africa. Nerone, il folle imperatore dal temperamento imprevedibile, gli ordina di intraprendere un viaggio con i suoi uomini più fidati in una regione remota per liberare duecento cittadini romani che sono stati resi schiavi. «La saga di Fabbri è il massimo.» la Repubblica Autore del bestseller Il giustiziere di Roma Vespasiano è appena diventato governatore della provincia d’Africa. Nerone, il folle imperatore dal temperamento imprevedibile, gli ordina di intraprendere un viaggio con i suoi uomini più fidati in una regione remota per liberare duecento cittadini romani che sono stati resi schiavi. Quando Vespasiano arriva per negoziare la loro liberazione, sperando di poter presto fare ritorno a Roma da eroe, scopre che l’intera popolazione di schiavi è sull’orlo di una rivolta. Non ci sono eserciti per controllare i tumulti ed è solo questione di tempo prima che la situazione degeneri nel caos. Dovrà fare ritorno insieme ai romani liberati fuggendo nel deserto. E con i ribelli che incalzano alle loro spalle, la sete e la stanchezza potrebbero rivelarsi fatali. È una disperata corsa contro il tempo per la sopravvivenza. Ma intanto, a Roma, le stravaganze dell’imperatore destano grande preoccupazione. I senatori temono per la loro vita e persino i più vicini a Nerone cominciano ad abbandonare la città, timorosi di ritorsioni. Chi potrà salvare Roma e riportare l’ordine? Un autore da oltre 50.000 copie in Italia  Vespasiano intraprende una rischiosa missione attraverso il deserto per salvare duecento romani resi schiavi  «Nell’avvincente saga di Fabbri, Vespasiano non può sfuggire alla tumultuosa politica di Roma, ormai sull’orlo della disgregazione.» la Repubblica «Fabbri fa un lavoro eccellente.» The Times «Una serie che entusiasma.» The History «Ricco di intrighi di potere e vivide rappresentazioni di battaglie e torture, l’ottavo libro della serie di Fabbri è straordinario.» Sunday Sport Roberto Fabbri è nato a Ginevra e vive tra Londra e Berlino. Per venticinque anni ha lavorato in produzioni televisive e cinematografiche. La passione per la storia, in particolare per quella dell’antica Roma, lo ha spinto a scrivere la serie dedicata all’imperatore Vespasiano, di cui la Newton Compton ha già pubblicato Il tribuno, Il giustiziere di Roma, Il generale di Roma, Il re della guerra, Sotto il nome di Roma, Il figlio perduto di Roma e La furia di Roma. Roma in fiamme è il suo ultimo romanzo.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Enthralling novel. Vol. 8 in the author's Vespasian series, this takes us from his stint as governor of Africa to his appointment as leader of military forces set to fight the Jewish War. As governor, he brings a group of Roman citizens out of non-Roman territory where they have been made slaves, into Roman territory, despite hardship, mutiny among his auxiliaries, and a slave revolt. Back in Rome, he and his brother live through Nero's excesses. The man is becoming more and more demented and de Enthralling novel. Vol. 8 in the author's Vespasian series, this takes us from his stint as governor of Africa to his appointment as leader of military forces set to fight the Jewish War. As governor, he brings a group of Roman citizens out of non-Roman territory where they have been made slaves, into Roman territory, despite hardship, mutiny among his auxiliaries, and a slave revolt. Back in Rome, he and his brother live through Nero's excesses. The man is becoming more and more demented and depraved. Vespasian is present at the Great Fire and helps to fight it as he can and gives his approval to Nero's choice of scapegoat, who Nero blames as arsonists. For awhile to escape Nero's eye, Vespasian flees to one of his estates and puts down a gang of bandits, but loses his wife to them. Back in Rome, and having caught Nero's notice as military genius, he is tasked to fight and win Jewish War, having first helped foil a conspiracy againt the emperor's life. The novel was spine-tingling, especially the march across the desert and the episode on his estate. I thought his wife's death a bit far-fetched, as well as bringing Peter and Paul in as supposed directors of the arson. Supposedly, some of the flame from the Vestals [hence Rome's Sacred Flame was used as title] was used to start the Great Fire, in the author's conception. Characterization was very good, but Vespasian was a bit too perfect. And, I didn't like his attitude towards Christians, but I suppose in that place and time, it was typical. I especially liked his OTT Nero--[shades of Peter Ustinov's film Nero crossed with a certain famous government person of our day, but, who, as far as I know doesn't play the lyre and bore people with concerts] and his Uncle Gaius, who only wanted to be unobtrusive. I have no interest in Vespasian's earlier life in Fabbri's series, but found this novel was easily a standalone. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Gripping and compelling but undoubtedly grim. Nero's Rome at its most deviant. Gripping and compelling but undoubtedly grim. Nero's Rome at its most deviant.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adam Lofthouse

    Is there anyone writing better Roman historical fiction than Robert Fabbri right now? I don't think so. I have read many, many, many, books on Rome in the time of Nero. I always think the best of them as being Rome: The Emperor's Spy by Manda Scott, this one is most certainly on the same level. Nero is of course depicted as being a complete lunatic: he marries a man, holds a party in which senators wives are forced to give their bodies freely to any man that asks, and naturally - burns Rome to t Is there anyone writing better Roman historical fiction than Robert Fabbri right now? I don't think so. I have read many, many, many, books on Rome in the time of Nero. I always think the best of them as being Rome: The Emperor's Spy by Manda Scott, this one is most certainly on the same level. Nero is of course depicted as being a complete lunatic: he marries a man, holds a party in which senators wives are forced to give their bodies freely to any man that asks, and naturally - burns Rome to the ground. Vespasian in this series is masterfully depicted. He is no hero, but a three dimensional man full of flaws. I will not go into detail and give plot spoilers, but I would say that there is a lesson for every writer in Robert's work. Each chapter is like its own mini story, so much happens over the course of the book that loose ends from chapter two are a delightful surprise in the final chapters when they are finally tied together. I have loved every book in this series so far, gutted there's only one more to go.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brian Turner

    Another great book in his Vespasian series, with some real shocks as it builds up towards a dramatic climax - to be concluded in the next book! If you haven't yet read Robert Fabbri, his Vespasian novels do an amazing job of connecting much of the history of the early Roman Empire into a single, clear, and entertaining narrative. If that sounds like it might be of interest to you, then do yourself a favor and check out the first book in this series, Tribune of Rome, which is usually available at Another great book in his Vespasian series, with some real shocks as it builds up towards a dramatic climax - to be concluded in the next book! If you haven't yet read Robert Fabbri, his Vespasian novels do an amazing job of connecting much of the history of the early Roman Empire into a single, clear, and entertaining narrative. If that sounds like it might be of interest to you, then do yourself a favor and check out the first book in this series, Tribune of Rome, which is usually available at a discount on Amazon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Simon Binning

    Vespasian is one of the more appealing Roman emperors. Emerging after the volatile 'year of the four emperors', we know surprisingly little about him. This, of course, allows Robert Fabbri a lot of artistic freedom for this series about his life. This is volume 8, and we are nearing the end of the story. Vespasian has been made Governor of Africa by Nero, but he has some powerful enemies. He is ordered to travel to a small kingdom outside the empire to rescue 500 citizens who have been enslaved. V Vespasian is one of the more appealing Roman emperors. Emerging after the volatile 'year of the four emperors', we know surprisingly little about him. This, of course, allows Robert Fabbri a lot of artistic freedom for this series about his life. This is volume 8, and we are nearing the end of the story. Vespasian has been made Governor of Africa by Nero, but he has some powerful enemies. He is ordered to travel to a small kingdom outside the empire to rescue 500 citizens who have been enslaved. Vespasian sees negotiation as the order of the day. But when he arrives things start to get out of control, and the surprise appearance of an old enemy changes everything. Eventually, he has to cross miles of barren desert with his entourage and the freed slaves. In Rome, Nero goes from bad to worse. There are many groups conspiring to overthrow him, but most are amateurish at best. When Vespasian finally returns from Africa, he and his brother Sabinus are approached by several conspirators, and they have to decide where they stand. The author has made a real success of Vespasian as a man and a character. He has developed over the preceding books from idealistic youth to cynical - but still highly likeable - survivor. He has more to juggle than many of his rivals. The family were never rich, so he has to deal not only with the everyday political challenges, but also work to secure the future of his family. A few events in this volume show not only his financial vulnerability, but also provide one or two solutions. The world the author conjures is generally very believable. He brings the febrile atmosphere of Nero's court to life well, and it is easy to see why such situations - not too rare in Roman history - weren't resolved more quickly. No one knew who to trust; very few people were prepared to make the first move. Even within the same conspiracy, there were betrayals and rivalries. I do have one or two criticisms, though. Firstly, one that I had for a couple of the previous books. At times, Fabbri seems to get carried away with explicit and crude descriptions. It happened in the books about Tiberius and Caligula, and it happens here. I'm in no way prudish, but it seems out of place, and inconsistent with the rest of the writing. I'm not sure if the author feels the need to do it in an attempt to show us how horrific these emperors were, but it isn't necessary. Orgies where the women are unwilling participants will tell us all we need to know, without needing graphic descriptions of some of the activities. And the events surrounding the death of someone very close to Vespasian were unnecessary and, crucially, potentially changed the dynamics of other aspects of his life. The other issue concerns what I might call lazy characterisation. Vespasian's sons, Titus and Domitian, are rather one dimensional - good son, bad son. Perhaps this is based on what we know of their later lives, but they are entirely predictable. As is Nero really. He is the pantomime villain, with no real depth. Having said all this, and come this far, I will certainly read what I believe is the final volume when it appears. Vespasian is one of the more likeable emperors, and Fabbri has generally done an excellent job in giving us his version of the story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie

    I have not read the previous 7 books in the Vespasian series and was relieved to find that you really don't need to in order to understand this book. Neither is a knowledge of Roman History required to make sense of it, in fact I would suggest that to have such would be a detriment to the book. No disrespect to Mr Fabbri but he himself admits in the Afterword that much of the tale is just that, a tale, and should not be taken as Historical fact. This is a story of political intrigue and war-mon I have not read the previous 7 books in the Vespasian series and was relieved to find that you really don't need to in order to understand this book. Neither is a knowledge of Roman History required to make sense of it, in fact I would suggest that to have such would be a detriment to the book. No disrespect to Mr Fabbri but he himself admits in the Afterword that much of the tale is just that, a tale, and should not be taken as Historical fact. This is a story of political intrigue and war-mongering machinations set in the time of perhaps, the most infamous Roman Emperor Nero - you know the one who fiddled while Rome burned. Whilst that has been proven to be historically inaccurate there is some truth to the slur; this is taken to further extrapolation in this book and it is even weirder than you may suppose. I am not normally a reader of this style of book, political thrillers have never really been my thing and that is very definitely what this book is. Rather than the political systems that we are used to it is set in an earlier autocracy but the rules of "combat" are the same - watch your back and look out for the main chance. The writing is good and jogs along at a steady pace. The issue I had was the unfamiliarity of the names kept jolting me out of the tale. Not the author's fault but mine I appreciate. The plot is good if sometimes a little muddy and there is action aplenty with an almost gleeful delight in the retelling of actions which we would now think of as barbarous but which were everyday at the turn of the first millennium. I enjoyed this book to some extent but would not hurry to read any of the previous 7 due to personal preferences. If this is a genre that you enjoy then I would urge you to pick the book up as it will give you a great deal of pleasure. I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM READERS FIRST IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rupert Matthews

    This was, in many ways, a great historical adventure novel. I confess that I have not read of the other novels in this series so I came to this book about halfway the overall story arc. Fortunately the main character is Vespasian - well-known Roman Emperor so it was fairly easy to place the book in the story line of his life. What the author seems to have done is to take what is known about Vespasian's life in this period before he became emperor, and then weave in fictional characters and event This was, in many ways, a great historical adventure novel. I confess that I have not read of the other novels in this series so I came to this book about halfway the overall story arc. Fortunately the main character is Vespasian - well-known Roman Emperor so it was fairly easy to place the book in the story line of his life. What the author seems to have done is to take what is known about Vespasian's life in this period before he became emperor, and then weave in fictional characters and events to make for an exciting action book. He has done this well. I found the book to be well written with believable characters and a great story line(s). The action scenes were well done, and trotted along at a good pace. Certainly a cracking holiday read. On the other hand, there were a few oddities. The book is written in four parts, with each part being a self-contained story. A couple of characters carry over from one part to another, but not the story lines. The third part seems to be the conclusion to something that happened in an earlier novel in this series. I found that unsatisfying as I could not really follow what was supposed to have happened in the earlier section. My only real historical criticism here is that the author has included just about everything bad that was ever written about Nero. This makes him an entirely negative character. Fair enough, I suppose, but I have always wondered how Nero got to be so popular for so long if he was that bad. And the sources were all written by his enemies after his death. But I quibble. This is a jolly good read. Enjoy it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Luka Novak

    As Rome descends into perversion, debauchery and all round madness Vespasian is embracing his destiny. If in previous books he considered possibility that he might seize the purple "for good of Rome" he now understands he must do it. As usual book is divided into two parts, one sees Vespasian in Africa where he is governor. Sadly Fabbri decided to give us fictional story about saving roman citizens from desert city state rather than show us how Vespasian used this time to establish and cultivate As Rome descends into perversion, debauchery and all round madness Vespasian is embracing his destiny. If in previous books he considered possibility that he might seize the purple "for good of Rome" he now understands he must do it. As usual book is divided into two parts, one sees Vespasian in Africa where he is governor. Sadly Fabbri decided to give us fictional story about saving roman citizens from desert city state rather than show us how Vespasian used this time to establish and cultivate various contacts that helped him later. Which, I suppose, is more interesting and tense. Second part is usual "back in Rome" plot where he gets front row seat to Ner's rule. We see Nero's marriages (so to speak), great fire, persecution of Christians and burgeoning plots. People that will ply role in Year of Four Emperors pop up, as they did before. And yes, the notorious sleep incident is there. Book also sees departure of two key characters, (view spoiler)[his wife Flavia and uncle Gaius (hide spoiler)] . While former was expected due to historical fact (not manner of departure though) latter is still somewhat of a surprise. I think main goal here was to sever as many attachments Vespasian has to Rome so that when time will come to make his move he will be unburdened by them and also less vulnerable to retaliation. Entire book feels more of a preparation for next one where Vespasian fulfills his destiny than stand alone or regular part of series. Still, that is important building bloc and I'm looking forward to folling it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    I received a free copy from Readers First in exchange for an honest review. I love this period of history, even though i haven't read many books from the era, strong omission on my part, but the tv shows are always superb. I was a bit hesitant when i found out this was book 8 of a series, but on finishing it i don't think you are missing anything from not reading them in series. It is a period of history that has been so well documented you probably know most of what happened in the previous book I received a free copy from Readers First in exchange for an honest review. I love this period of history, even though i haven't read many books from the era, strong omission on my part, but the tv shows are always superb. I was a bit hesitant when i found out this was book 8 of a series, but on finishing it i don't think you are missing anything from not reading them in series. It is a period of history that has been so well documented you probably know most of what happened in the previous books too, just not whatever fictional elements Robert Fabbri used to tie them together with our titular hero Vespasian. This one is in several distinct parts, starting off in Africa with a slave rescue and escape across an unforgiving dessert, before moving back to Rome and the inner circle of probably the craziest emperor of Rome there ever was - Nero. Everyone knows the myth about him fiddling while Rome burned, but i enjoyed the different take on it here where Nero was responsible for the fire starting in the first place - was it true, who knows. Vespasian is an excellent character and definitely makes me want to check out the earlier books in the series now as it was an excellent adventure in political machinations in ancient Rome and just how fickle Nero was, one minute you are in favour the next he is having you commit suicide as you displeased him in some way.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Helen Mccabe

    This is a book which can be read in two halves, although both halves are very brutal in different ways. Once Vespasian arrives in Parthia with what is left of his legions after going through a shocking journey and battle he finds that the city where he is bound, is a well-fed and good place to be if one is a member of the ruling class but it is clear to Vespasian that without the horror of its slavery it would be nothing. I found myself wishing that Vespasian would quickly recover the Roman citi This is a book which can be read in two halves, although both halves are very brutal in different ways. Once Vespasian arrives in Parthia with what is left of his legions after going through a shocking journey and battle he finds that the city where he is bound, is a well-fed and good place to be if one is a member of the ruling class but it is clear to Vespasian that without the horror of its slavery it would be nothing. I found myself wishing that Vespasian would quickly recover the Roman citizens there who have been made into slaves, but the personal cost to him and his army of legionnaires is very high and his saving of a paltry number of Roman citizens instead of the thousands he needed to bring out to placate the Emperor Nero, is a personal disappointment. His return to Rome is perhaps even worse when he and his family behold how Rome has become so decadent and subject to every terrible excess of the Emperor. Men and women live in fear about Nero and Vespasian needs to use his brain power always, as even to think of joining a plot to kill Nero is too dangerous. Luckily the reader who knows that Vespasian will triumph and not die are just about able to bear the consequences of Nero's sodomy and his destruction of Rome by burning. Fabbri gives the reader a picture of every sickening excess possible and understand Vespasian's wish to be sent somewhere else in the Empire to govern and get away from such a dangerous position. This is a very good book if you can put up with such brutality. I, myself, would like to read the next book and discover it is a little less nerve-racking.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ursula

    I can't understand how I'd never heard of Robert Fabbri before. Rome's Sacred Flame is the eighth in a series telling the life story of Vespasian so I have many more treats in store. I particularly want to find out all about his times in Britannia. This segment takes place during the reign of the Emperor Nero so, yes, that explains the title and the cover illustration but it begins with an exciting African adventure in the Sahara desert, echoes of which reverberate throughout the book. I read it I can't understand how I'd never heard of Robert Fabbri before. Rome's Sacred Flame is the eighth in a series telling the life story of Vespasian so I have many more treats in store. I particularly want to find out all about his times in Britannia. This segment takes place during the reign of the Emperor Nero so, yes, that explains the title and the cover illustration but it begins with an exciting African adventure in the Sahara desert, echoes of which reverberate throughout the book. I read it as a standalone novel quite happily because the writer briefly gives the details of other characters' previous encounters with Vespasian. Vespasian is a tough soldier, very determined and clever, who will do pretty well anything to achieve his goals. The writing brings him to life and it's impossible not to wish him well. His friendships are important to him and Fabbri shows (not tells) how each relationship works and is unique, as well as valuable, to Vespasian. I definitely intend to read the whole series now. There must be several volumes still to come as I know Vespasian eventually becomes Emperor himself.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Stevens

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Quite an emotional one as a number of the characters we’ve been following over the 8 volumes bit the dust in this one. Even Flavia, Vespasian’s wife who we have loved to hate, elicited some mournful thoughts (particularly due to the manner of her untimely death). This wasn’t the author’s intention, but it was also powerful to read of the executions of two of the most influential men of all time - Paul and Peter - in spite of the deliberate attempts to discredit them, those of us who revere them w Quite an emotional one as a number of the characters we’ve been following over the 8 volumes bit the dust in this one. Even Flavia, Vespasian’s wife who we have loved to hate, elicited some mournful thoughts (particularly due to the manner of her untimely death). This wasn’t the author’s intention, but it was also powerful to read of the executions of two of the most influential men of all time - Paul and Peter - in spite of the deliberate attempts to discredit them, those of us who revere them will have reflected on the manner of their passing. Ending with the suicide of good old Uncle Gaius was also a tough read, even though he’d reached the ripe old age of 75. Even his catamites were emotional apparently. One criticism from me was how sharply Corbulo’s suicide was included almost as an afterthought, particularly considering he was arguably a bigger prospect for the purple than Vespasian. Admittedly it doesn’t sound like the author had much background material to go on though. So we reach the final period of Nero’s reign - I’m looking forward to finding out more about how Vespasian made the transition from Commander of Legions to Imperator

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angela L

    The trouble with books based around the Roman Empire is having to get your head around all the characters names! This is the first book I've read in the series (it would seem to have several predecessors) but works easily as a stand alone novel. The hero of the piece is Vespasian - Governor of Africa - who has been sent to free several Roman slaves. That is an undertaking of great peril and adventure but for me the book really comes alive when the action returns to Rome. Currently under the contro The trouble with books based around the Roman Empire is having to get your head around all the characters names! This is the first book I've read in the series (it would seem to have several predecessors) but works easily as a stand alone novel. The hero of the piece is Vespasian - Governor of Africa - who has been sent to free several Roman slaves. That is an undertaking of great peril and adventure but for me the book really comes alive when the action returns to Rome. Currently under the control of the narcissistic Emperor Nero the mix of fact and fiction really brings the era alive. When Rome starts to burn attention turns to how the blaze started and we really see how darned rotten to the core Nero is. There is blood and guts aplenty, death galore, revenge, action and thrills from start to finish. I rattled through this in a day as it was completely in-put-downable!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Miles Atkinson

    As Nero’s reign begins to take on the more debauched excesses of Gaius Caligula’s, Vespasian comes increasingly to realise that something needs to be done about the emperor. The author’s story-telling skills remain strong and the action proceeds at a fast but believable pace. Fabbri freely admits to some modification of the facts in order to get a better story and this may not go down well with the purist reader. The stage is set for the Year of the Four Emperors and Vespasian’s eventual accessi As Nero’s reign begins to take on the more debauched excesses of Gaius Caligula’s, Vespasian comes increasingly to realise that something needs to be done about the emperor. The author’s story-telling skills remain strong and the action proceeds at a fast but believable pace. Fabbri freely admits to some modification of the facts in order to get a better story and this may not go down well with the purist reader. The stage is set for the Year of the Four Emperors and Vespasian’s eventual accession to the throne.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matt Gascoigne

    Didn’t enjoy this Vespasian books as much as the others in the series. It felt like there were 3 separate short stories that were forced together rather than a cohesive yarn, neatly packaged. We are all waiting for the big unveiling of the “prophecy” and some lose ends were tied off in preparation for the big finale I felt. On the plus side, Vespasian remains as likeable as ever and you are wiling him onwards. Historical context feels right and true and you are quickly immersed into Ancient Rome Didn’t enjoy this Vespasian books as much as the others in the series. It felt like there were 3 separate short stories that were forced together rather than a cohesive yarn, neatly packaged. We are all waiting for the big unveiling of the “prophecy” and some lose ends were tied off in preparation for the big finale I felt. On the plus side, Vespasian remains as likeable as ever and you are wiling him onwards. Historical context feels right and true and you are quickly immersed into Ancient Rome. Overall, not as free flowing as others, the prose not as crisp and all a bit forced.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    Eighth installment in the Vespasian series. We find Nero has murdered his wife (and half sister) Octavia to enable his marriage to Pappea Sabina. Next Nero has his Mother Agrippina assassinated. Vespasian is granted Governorship of Africa. Soon after his return to Rome, the devastating fire🔥destroys the city, but is quickly rebuilt as 'Neropolis' (at least that's what Nero calls it). This volume ends with the death of Poppea (fatally kicked by Nero) While Vespasian is sent to 'Judaea' to make sho Eighth installment in the Vespasian series. We find Nero has murdered his wife (and half sister) Octavia to enable his marriage to Pappea Sabina. Next Nero has his Mother Agrippina assassinated. Vespasian is granted Governorship of Africa. Soon after his return to Rome, the devastating fire🔥destroys the city, but is quickly rebuilt as 'Neropolis' (at least that's what Nero calls it). This volume ends with the death of Poppea (fatally kicked by Nero) While Vespasian is sent to 'Judaea' to make short of the Jews.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    The next step in Vespasian's long, slow, but sure march to the purple. Here we see the dark side of Roman rule, the insane emperor Nero, who terrorises and murders his subjects. Vespasian, by luck and design, navigates these waters, though not without loss. At the conclusion of the novel is newly appointed to the east to crush the revolt of the Jews. I wonderfully written story, cannot put it down. The next step in Vespasian's long, slow, but sure march to the purple. Here we see the dark side of Roman rule, the insane emperor Nero, who terrorises and murders his subjects. Vespasian, by luck and design, navigates these waters, though not without loss. At the conclusion of the novel is newly appointed to the east to crush the revolt of the Jews. I wonderfully written story, cannot put it down.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Peter Greenwell

    On par with the previous seven in regards to entertainment and sheer readability. The novel is divided into a number of disparate sections, and while the others were too, it really jars this time. I found the section in the kingdom of the Garamantes to be more fascinating (and enlightening) than the series of intrigues and debaucheries that follow. I didn't even know Garama existed, and it had me running for Wikipedia to bone up on it all. Well done. Bring on Emperor Vespasian! On par with the previous seven in regards to entertainment and sheer readability. The novel is divided into a number of disparate sections, and while the others were too, it really jars this time. I found the section in the kingdom of the Garamantes to be more fascinating (and enlightening) than the series of intrigues and debaucheries that follow. I didn't even know Garama existed, and it had me running for Wikipedia to bone up on it all. Well done. Bring on Emperor Vespasian!

  19. 4 out of 5

    F.P.G. Camerman

    The one but last episode in the Vespasian series, this time with a strong focus on Nero's debauchery, as well as an interesting expedition to a litte kingdom deep in the Sahara desert. Entertaining as always, but the books in the series are starting to feel a bit samey. Still my favourite historic series though. Looking forward to the last part, where Vespasian will finally take the purple. The one but last episode in the Vespasian series, this time with a strong focus on Nero's debauchery, as well as an interesting expedition to a litte kingdom deep in the Sahara desert. Entertaining as always, but the books in the series are starting to feel a bit samey. Still my favourite historic series though. Looking forward to the last part, where Vespasian will finally take the purple.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Yellop

    Bloody good Really enthralling a really good engaging read full of intrigue and Roman plotting, all these books have been good and this was no exception ,please hurry up with the next one

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tom McLaughlin

    Another great read. Most enjoyable. Can't wait for the next chapter in th is series. Must say there's not much change to the face of politics apart from the doing away with some of them permanently. Another great read. Most enjoyable. Can't wait for the next chapter in th is series. Must say there's not much change to the face of politics apart from the doing away with some of them permanently.

  22. 5 out of 5

    daniel trevor caryl

    Fab Fabri Although some of the plot and graphic details are similar to early books instalments; a lot to do with history repeating itself. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will sadly miss Vespasion when his fate is finally revealed!

  23. 5 out of 5

    W. Nicol

    The talented Mr Fabbri's depiction of Vespasian and his times makes for grim, if enthralling, reading. The genocide anticipated in the next volume will no doubt help establish the true character of an emperor who is often acclaimed as an improvement upon the Julio-Claudians. The talented Mr Fabbri's depiction of Vespasian and his times makes for grim, if enthralling, reading. The genocide anticipated in the next volume will no doubt help establish the true character of an emperor who is often acclaimed as an improvement upon the Julio-Claudians.

  24. 4 out of 5

    chris harvey

    Rome's burning Good tale speeds along with a mixture of politics,battles and cruelty trust no one and obey the emperor of else Rome's burning Good tale speeds along with a mixture of politics,battles and cruelty trust no one and obey the emperor of else

  25. 5 out of 5

    David Jones

    Very dull The book was quite boring and dull , only finished it to see what happened. Gone on to long. Pity.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kris Van Laer

    Another great chapter, Vespasian gets more and more strangled into the crazy leadership of Nero ending with the most famous fire in Rome. Can't wait for the next volume coming out in 2019! Another great chapter, Vespasian gets more and more strangled into the crazy leadership of Nero ending with the most famous fire in Rome. Can't wait for the next volume coming out in 2019!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    Nero as Emperor ...Governor of Africa....Vespasian's adventures just continue: one more to go to finish the series~ then what will RF write next? bring it on ! Nero as Emperor ...Governor of Africa....Vespasian's adventures just continue: one more to go to finish the series~ then what will RF write next? bring it on !

  28. 4 out of 5

    andrew knight

    Rome's savers flame Rome's sacred flame by Robert Rabbi hard to follow the story but a hard struggle to read but did finish it Rome's savers flame Rome's sacred flame by Robert Rabbi hard to follow the story but a hard struggle to read but did finish it

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maarten

    Highly entertaining, as always. Emotions ranging from excitement to disgust, from sadness to disbelief. Best series ever...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mr David A Hodson

    Great read Really well written and very enjoyable. I just wish I had started at the first book in the series! Highly recommended.

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