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Terra Incognita (Gaius Petreius Ruso Series #2)

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    RUSSO AS EVERYMAN

    I continue to relate to Gaius Petreius Russo in Downie's second book as I did in the first. His plans continue to go awry. He finds himself at the small town of Coria on the outskirts of the Roman Empire stuck with the onerous job of establishing order from chaos in the local medical service, again trying to solve a murder mystery because he cannot accept the prevailing wisdom without question, and hopelessly trying to understand the logic and actions of a woman he finds it challenging to live with and impossible to live without.

    Russo is an unlikely hero, but like most of us, he does what he has to do to live with himself whether it be rescuing a mugging victim in an alley or riding into a hostile clan gathering to locate his missing slave/sweetheart. He displays a dark graveyard sense of humor in contrast to the flippant, irreverent, and self-centered sense of humor of his friend and colleague Valens. Russo, also like many of us, again battles those who are concerned with expeditious resolution and their own agendas and have little regard for truth and justice. Rooting for Russo often seems like rooting for myself.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    No more.

    Ruth Downie is a capable writer, but I won't be buying any more of this series. I'm struggling to get through Terra Incognita because all the characters are just so unlikeable. I bought the first book in the series for .99 and it was OK, but there hasn't been any character development or growth throughout the course of the second book. I'd rather spend my money reading novels with characters I can care about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    A fun read.

    Interesting turn of events. Enjoyed the unique historical perspective. Managed to blend history and entertainment. I would like to see more.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    russo

    enjoyed all three of this series. haven't read the last yet. easy read but a very enjoyable series. an unlikely hero where things just go awry sometimes. puts a more human, humorous slant on this time period than some of the vicious stuff on tv that passes for historical fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Not sure who contact. I can't get past pg 31. Reread 30 and 31 over and over

    Someone help!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2010

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    Bland, but the ending makes up for it

    I sort of found this book to drag through the beginning and middle. Everything seemed to be going slowly and the plot wasn't really grabbing my attention like the previous book did. I didn't find it as witty or comical as the last one, although once Ruso's friend Valens came into the picture, then everything started to lighten up (perhaps Valens is now going to be the official comic relief in this series). It did have some intriguing exciting bits in the beginning, because I was wondering who the Stag Man was and the chaos he was creating throughout the novel. Yet I just felt the plot not moving fast enough and my interest in it was starting to falter a bit. I found myself putting the book down and then coming back to it every so often. Finally I made myself finish it.

    I have to say though, the ending sort of made up for the lackluster plot. It seemed all the action was built up towards the end and the intrigue was more obvious too. I have no regrets reading it. I noticed the moment Valens came into the picture, the book started to pick up a little. (Maybe it's Valen's job to save the plot). However, character wise, it was nice to see more of Tilla and I love her strength and stubborness. Of all the characters I like her and Valens the most. I think there's still some work to be done with Ruso. To me he's a flat character and needs more development. He's just too two dimensional at the moment for me to really like him yet - at least his sarcasm and wit was still there which provided a bit of "flesh" for this character.

    There were some funny parts but not as many as the first, it was a little more serious and darker this time around. It's a different change as I was expecting another witty mystery. The story certainly could have been shorter.

    Overall, it's not going to stop me from reading the third one. I'll keep going. The ending has me intrigued again as to what's going to happen to both Tilla and Ruso. I'm hoping it's better than this one, as it wasn't that intriguing or falls short of being a great sequel. Nevertheless it had a good ending that was interesting enough to hopefully get fans to keep reading.

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

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    Fast, enjoyable read

    This book is easy to get into right from the start. The characters are likeable and I almost missed my subway stop while reading one morning on the train. I recommend this book for fans of history and mystery since it is blend of both.

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