Semper Fidelis (Gaius Petreius Ruso Series #5)

Semper Fidelis (Gaius Petreius Ruso Series #5)

by Ruth Downie


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When Ruso rejoins his unit in the remote outpost of the Roman Empire known as Britannia, he finds that all is not well with the Twentieth Legion. As they keep a suspicious eye on the barbarians to the north, the legionaries appear to have found trouble even closer to home-among the native recruits to Britannia's imperial army.

A young soldier has jumped off a roof, killing himself. Why? Mysterious injuries, and even deaths, begin to pile up in Ruso's medical ledgers, and it soon becomes clear that this suicide is not an isolated incident. Can the men really be under a curse? And what has this to do with the much-decorated Centurion Geminus?

Bound by his sense of duty and compelled by his ill-advised curiosity, Ruso begins to ask questions nobody wants to hear. Meanwhile his barbarian wife, Tilla, starts to find out some of the answers-and is marked as a security risk by the very officers Ruso is interrogating.

With Hadrian's visit looming large, the fates of the legion, Tilla, and Ruso himself hang in the balance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620400494
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Series: Gaius Petreius Ruso Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 552,585
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ruth Downie is the author of the New York Times bestselling Medicus, as well as Terra Incognita, Persona Non Grata, Caveat Emptor, and Tabula Rasa. She is married with two sons and lives in Devon, England.

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"Downie injects a modern who-done-it twist into the imperial action."—Kirkus Reviews

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Semper Fidelis 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
surroundedbybooks More than 1 year ago
Ruth Downie’s SEMPER FIDELIS entwines the reader into a Roman Empire mystery filled with political intrigue. Ruso thinks being a doctor with the Twentieth legion in Roman-occupied Britain would be a good change from his investigator days. But no matter where he goes, mystery follows. A slew of injuries and deaths have the legion feeling as if it is cursed. Ruso just can’t believe it, so he investigates against orders. While his wife Tilla does the same, the two are caught in a web of lies. As Emperor Hadrian’s visit looms, Ruso must solve the case before all is lost. SEMPER FIDELIS ensnared me from the very beginning. As a Classics major, this novel took me back to my university roots and made me realize how much I missed reading about Ancient Rome. The setting and historical research involved drew me into the past. The characters are well-written with their own flaws and strengths. Even though the fifth book in the series, I had no problems diving right in. My favorite character would have to be Tilla. She’s spunky and doesn’t know how to take “no” for an answer. The mystery is fast-paced and kept me guessing to the very end. I also loved the political intrigue and how the mystery is much deeper than a normal whodunit. I would highly recommend Ruth Downie’s SEMPER FIDELIS to historical mystery lovers. Now I need to catch up and read the previous books in the series!
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Again I have stumbled upon a captivating series several books in; however, Semper Fidelis is a guaranteed stand alone book that will engulf your senses with historical charisma and leave you feeling fulfilled with a sense of honor, duty, and pride. “Please, sir, I don’t know. I don’t know anything at all.” Set in Roman-occupied Britain, Twentieth Legion doctor, Gaius Ruso, is dealing with a plethora of mysterious illnesses and deaths that not even he can explain, and it appears as if it is coming from within. Gaius is determined to find out what or who is causing this havoc. When Gaius’s wife starts uncovering some of the answers he is seeking, she is brought in by the Imperial Army for investigation, and it doesn’t help that she is a barbarian and not of Roman descent, which therefore labels her a liability. Can Gaius use the information she has uncovered to save her life and those of the Britannia Imperial Army? Will anybody even care? This book is action packed from beginning to end and holds a mysterious edge that gives The DaVinci Code a run for its money. You won’t regret the time spent on this book. *You can view the original review at City Book Review
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ShannonEH More than 1 year ago
A fun series for anyone who likes historical mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read. The author makes the era of the Roman Empire occupation of Britain come alive. Although helpful in setting the stage, it's not necessary to have read the four previous novels in the series to enjoy this book; it is an enjoyable stand-alone read.
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Just like with previous Ruth Downie books, I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good development of new characters with a seamless integration of prior ones. This is both an excellent follow-up novel as well as a good stand-alone story. If you've enjoyed Dr. Ruso's previos adventures you'll really like this.
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