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Persona Non Grata (Gaius Petreius Ruso Series #3)

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

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    Downie gets better each time

    I enjoyed reading the first two and it seems with each book I've read from Ruth Downie, they improve each time. Although I found the first two a little on the dry side at times, Persona Non Grata was different. I was more interested in the book, and felt myself turning the pages a lot more quickly than the first two in the series.

    I really had to sympathize with Gaius. Not only does he always get the short end of the stick in life, but you can't help but laugh at his predicaments because things just seem to go from bad to worse when he's around. His family isn't the most supportive either but they were such a fun read and there was more than one moment where I found myself chuckling out loud. (Try reading Gaius and his fight with his brother oh my, that was a good laugh.)

    There is more of a development in the relationship between Gaius and Tilla. I like how their character development is never quite finished but they develop enough so the reader is satisfied with the way they are throughout the novel. I enjoyed reading about both of them in this book much more. There's more feeling and emotion between the two. I love how Gaius just wants to take care of Tilla, but she goes out on her own anyway. I like her independence and her strength. The two really do compliment each other nicely.

    I enjoyed the plot. Suspects were great and each had a good motive. I was kept guessing although I did have a hunch about the last third of the book. Nevertheless I did like how the book ended and there was more action mentioned to make the plot more exciting and the pace was faster. It was also interesting to note, that early Christians are introduced into the story. I thought that was well done and it did give the plot a much more historical feel to it. When it comes to historical accuracy, I liked it and it seemed pretty accurate to me. Downie's descriptions are well written and the setting is pictured clearly. I believe she does provide an Author's Note at the back to explain certain inconsistencies and provides more information.

    I do wish there was more to the 'Dramatis Personae' at the beginning of the book. It is a little hard to keep track of all the characters (Gaius has a family that could rival The Brady Bunch) plus the suspects, plus other secondary characters. It's a lot to figure out and I thought the list of characters in the beginning could use a little more clarification.

    To fans of Gaius, it's a great book. I absolutely enjoyed this and the way the book ended paves the way for much more to look forward to. I believe the change of setting is what helped a lot for this book (and quite possibly the series). It's a great addition to this series, and I'm looking forward to the next one. Ruth Downie just gets better and better with each book!

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    Great audio book

    It is a very good audio book. Both book and artistic reading are excellent and I enjoyed listening to the book!

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    A good addition to the series...It would probably be helpful to

    A good addition to the series...It would probably be helpful to have read the first two, to understand the somewhat unusual relationship between the lead characters, and also to have some backstory on the family demands.  That said, I enjoyed being privy to the way these two do finally decide to flaunt societal customs and commit.  An intriguing look at Roman customs, the role (surprising) of women in that society,  and the deplorable role of human "entertainment" in the colosseum.  

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    Posted September 20, 2012

    Destructivestar

    Sparkclan apprentice den. Dstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Page turner!!!!

    Wonderful series......on to #4!!!!

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Interesting

    Second in series and if you enjoyed first book you will definitely enjoy this one. Light reading but enjoyable.

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