The Tribune

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Promoted to a tribune of the Sixth Legion, Lucius Aurelius's task is to quell a war in Galilee that has already claimed the lives of the Emperor's foot soldiers. But the scene of the alleged slaughter turns up only a peaceful settlement of farmers, leaving the suspicious Lucius to question why has he been sent on sucha futile mission...

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Overview

Promoted to a tribune of the Sixth Legion, Lucius Aurelius's task is to quell a war in Galilee that has already claimed the lives of the Emperor's foot soldiers. But the scene of the alleged slaughter turns up only a peaceful settlement of farmers, leaving the suspicious Lucius to question why has he been sent on sucha futile mission...

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Being a whistleblower is risky business, especially in ancient Rome. Lucius Aurelius Valens, a foot soldier in the Sixth Legion, witnesses a brutal act of carnage and soon becomes convinced that his superior officer is not only looking the other way, but is complicit in the massacre. A man who prizes his honor above all else, Lucius takes matters into his own hands and leads a small band of troops against the marauders, in the process making bitter enemies of virtually every powerful officer in the Roman army. A just and compassionate high-ranking official transfers Lucius to a patrol in Galilee as a means to escape his situation, but Galilee provides problems of its own. There Lucius collides not only with a complex political situation that threatens to bring King Herod's fury down on an entire city, but also with one of the most pivotal people in human history (yes, that Galilean). Larkin's story is ambitious and well plotted, but it moves at a snail's pace and is nearly twice as long as it ought to be. Though the "surprise ending" is no surprise at all, it still manages to wrap up a story that, unfortunately, fails to live up to its fascinating premise. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587245466
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 478
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    Absolutley Captivating

    For those of us who love ancient Rome fiction, and non- fiction this book will not let you down. It is real, and very entertaining. The end is extremely satisfying and you will not see it coming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    Outstanding, can't put it down

    Great book, never put it down, love reading it over and over Very surprising and startling

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    A fun read for History Buffs

    I bought this last night from the local Barnes and Noble and am already almost finished with it. (Meaning I have hardly slept at all and am now behind on a deadline at work!) Larkin does a superb job in crafting a believable and engaging Roman world with absorbing characters and a plot that won't let you put the book down until you've finished reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    Tribune

    awesome story awesome characters great summer read. fun and hard to put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    This used book was in like new condition.  It arrived in a time

    This used book was in like new condition.  It arrived in a time line advertised and I would not hesitate to order a book from this supplier again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    Amateurish Story Telling

    The novel on a Roman equestrian tribune seeking to do justice after witnessing a horrendous murder in Judea. As he gets closer to the truth, his duty to defend it challenges his beliefs to the core. The historical sense of the narrative is eroded by a modern voice with a story structured on a rather elementary plot conveying a rudimentary theme. The theme and plot structure are quite elementary and uncreative because they're based on a conventional comic-book structure of pure good vs. pure evil. The novel thus fails to explore the rather evident ambiguity in human nature prevalent even in the most pious of individuals. The plot is further diluted by a romantic sub-plot that is completely out of place for such a story. The sub-plot undermines any historical legitimacy because it's told in a modern voice. No person of antiquity would behave as the main character does nor would they write about their vapid romantic escapade. The final flaw is the ending which, in addition to being completely predictable, defies belief; suddenly our Lucius who's devoted his life and identity to serving pagan Rome becomes a true martyr of faith? Please, spare me! In terms of style, the novel fails to deliver any impression of historical legitimacy. The language and belief structure delivered through the main character expresses a value system that is completely inapposite to antiquity. The main character's status as a Roman knight (equites) is erroneously presented as the romanticized ethos of chivalry from the medieval period: a Christian monarch's knight and true champion of good. Roman knights were hardly such romanticized champions as their knightly social status was determined solely by wealth. Even by the Republican period over 100 years before the context of this story, the Roman knight's role as an equestrian champion was but a fading memory: indeed, Roman knights functioned primarily as tax collectors, money-lenders, merchants, and public contractors: hardly the pious champions the author seeks to present through his main character. Contrary to these cultural norms, the main character is absurdedly presented in such a righteous manner that it would seem he's already a devout knight of the round table in search of the Holy Grail. The author therefore superimposes a value system prevalent in the 8-16th centuries A.D. to a character who was alive in the 1st century A.D. Lots of things change in a thousand years, especially cultural and social norms; surely, it would be equally absurd to portray Richard the Lion Hearted as Richard Nixon. The character's values of truth, honor, and virtual saintliness are therefore completely out of place for a personnage from that period of time. In addition to the flaws in developing the main character, the author's entire description of Roman society and the ancient world is horribly lacking in depth. The descriptions are no better than what you find in high school-level introductory texts on ancient history: this flaw is also evident with the secondary characters who are so shallow and two dimensional that they seem to be cardboard backdrops to a bad film: there's no depth to them whatsoever. Save yourselves from the agony I've had to endure reading this second-class pulp novel. If you like historical novels, read Gore Vidal's 'Julian'; Robert Graves' 'I, Claudius'; or Stephen Pressfield's 'Tides of War' and 'Gates of Fire.' Even if you only like mysteries, there are far better works of mystery-historical fiction than this feeble attempt at literature.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    Mildly entertaining

    I was suprised by the ending. I'm not sure how accurate the story actually is. The Apostle Luke was a physician, but in this book he's a Roman soldier. Also, is Paulas supposed to be the Apostle Paul? The final pages of The Tribune wasn't very clear. The book reads very fast, but the plot is predictable and not very sophisticated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2003

    Tribune

    This story would make a great film! Excellent character and action descriptions. A classic tale of good versus evil.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2003

    Excellent summer reading

    I loved the books Pat Larkin wrote with Larry Bond and loved this one too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2003

    Wonderful Summer Read

    = Very Pleasurable Summer Read GO FOR IT! Reviewer: norwegies from Montclair, CA United States I found the Tribune a very engaging read full of intrigue and historical detailing crafting the picture in my minds eye. I'm not a typical fan of the mystery genre but found my curiosity piqued as the description of the periods political machinations turned. I had a great deal of empathy for Lucius being hung out to dry as a political pawn and the motivation to see things corrected. I likened him to the many people trapped today by corporate entities such as Enron or Worldcom and cheered him forward as in real life none of the others have succeeded. This is a great summer book and characters that represent a time and place certainly worth discussing! Two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    Great summer read

    fantastic and fun historical novel.The fictional story interwoven into biblical lore is great fun. I am only sorry it was not finished in a plausible way for a sequel.Can not wait for Larkins next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    Fun reading!

    The Tribune is a real page-turner. I liked the religious undertones of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Fantastic! You won't want to put this one down

    Larkin does a wonderful job weaving a well-crafted historical mystery. It is set in ancient Rome at the time of Christ with lots of action and intrigue. I added it to my book collection and recommend you do as well.

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