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Conspirata (Cicero Series #2)

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

You Cannot Miss This!

I'm not sure the other reviewers and I read the same book. Far from boring, I found this novel impossible to stop reading. I had separation anxiety every time I was forced to put it down, to work or make dinner or whatever. Like its predecessor, Imperium, it is written ...
I'm not sure the other reviewers and I read the same book. Far from boring, I found this novel impossible to stop reading. I had separation anxiety every time I was forced to put it down, to work or make dinner or whatever. Like its predecessor, Imperium, it is written as a thriller, not as history. Take away the history and you still have a compelling story--and Harris handles it marvelously. In fact, having finished Imperium and Conspirata, I am now devouring the rest of Harris's bibliography and am finding that all of his books are equally well written. I cannot wait for the third installment in the Cicero Trilogy. Definitely get this one. Whether you like history or not, you will not regret it!

posted by The_Walrus on April 19, 2010

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Pass it up

This book covers some of Rome's most interesting years, filled with power shifts, intrigues and shifting fortunes. Great stuff! Right? Why then does the author make it so pedestrian? boring? dull!
I found the last chapter of considerable interest, although I don't thi...
This book covers some of Rome's most interesting years, filled with power shifts, intrigues and shifting fortunes. Great stuff! Right? Why then does the author make it so pedestrian? boring? dull!
I found the last chapter of considerable interest, although I don't think the author intended my take on it. J.G. Caesar qua master manipulator has boxed Cicero into a corner where he either has to capitulate to Caesar or leave Rome in exile. Truly, I felt the power of Cicero's downfall as a parallel to our political situation today. Caesar has obtained overwhelming power which he exercises though his puppets. The constitution is violated, laws outflanked, and the galloping doom of the Republic is tangible. Oh well! Don't Republics end up as dictatorships anyway?
I pondered how an author so familiar with the history could produce such a dreary novel. It wasn't the times. They were really cooking. I came to the conclusion that the author lacks the zip to make the novel interesting. All that intrigue, sex and manipulation! I fear the author maintained too great psychic distance from his subject, or to put it bluntly: he just didn't want to get his hands dirty.

posted by RobertGaines on April 10, 2010

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    Interesting

    Not a page turner, but fun look at "history"

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    Lustrum (from UK)

    Read this a few months back, as Lustrum, from the UK. Harris is quite an adequate historian, and a capable writer and story-teller, which makes for an enjoyable read. One can feel history through fiction in ways that pure historical text could never convey.

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