The Riddle of a Murdered Slave

The Riddle of a Murdered Slave

Coming soon – December 2020

2020 | Historical Thriller | 434 pages – ISBN: TBD

4.7 stars (based on 23 ratings)

In 69 A.D., the Empire has had four Caesars, war ravages  Judea, and famine threatens Rome, where the newly crowned Emperor Vespasian settles his power.

Gnaeus Pontus flees the army and returns to Italy in an attempt to be forgotten, at least as long as it will take to justify his newly acquired fortune. But Rome is not the place where one can disappear and fortunes can be hidden.

well documented

Very well documented and well written. It is a real pleasure to read it. Sometimes the vocabulary used seems current, but it is an interpretation of the language of the time, which meant the same thing but in a way we can understand.

Bernard Sales

An intrigue, not rather plots, in the time of Vespasian.

I took this book as I am a lover of historical novels, especially about the Roman period. I took it on vacation not thinking I would have time in a week to read everything, wanting to do something else as well. Well, I think I read it in three days, because I “had to” do something else in those moments of interruption. I would only like one thing “a sequel” because it deserves it.

Concerning the plot I find that one feels immersed, without being drowned in details. In the past I have visited Ostia Antica, not far from Rome, and I have imagined the protagonists in those places I visited.

The plot is fascinating, with twists and surprises. If it is only a hobby for the author to write this kind of book, I wish him all the free time he can to write more.

I highly recommend it!

Koupo

Perfect

Perfect

Client amazon

My bedside book

I loved it

Eric

Satisfaction

very good novels, pleasant to read, realistic, considering the difficulties of ancient Rome, to recommend.

bonard roger

Very Good Book

Very interesting book especially for lovers of ancient Rome.

Frederic Z.

Very good but…

The story is very good but the descriptions are too long / too detailed / too scholarly between actions and discussions between the characters

Amazon Customer

Intrigue

This novel reads very well. One feels propelled into the life of the Romans under the reign of Vespasian. The plots are well conducted, the dialogues are quite caustic and ironic. In short, a novel which offers a good entertainment and teaches us a lot of things about this time or reminds us of them if we had forgotten them a little.

Domix

In the antiquity

Very good historical thriller, very explicit about life in ancient Rome and the Roman army. To be highly recommended

Tesou

Monotone

No character attracted me.
The historical side is mostly summarized in the use of Latin terms that the reader won’t remember anyway.
The plot is unremarkable, there are no twists and turns, nothing to keep the reader’s attention.
I have botched the last chapters…

Client d'Amazon

Rome as though you were there

Superb book I devoured this story that takes us to ancient Rome very well documented to recommend for Christmas to lovers of antiquity.

lesauvage

Political Plot in Ancient Rome

A very interesting book. The author knows ancient Rome well and gives an accurate and uncompromising description of it. His description is based on solid historical knowledge and the plot is of good level and plausible. The characters are credible and endearing.
For me this book is on the same level as those of Steven Saylor or Cristina Rodriguez. An additional advantage for the reader is the extremely reasonable selling price of the book.
But this is not the main argument. This book deserves to be read by amateurs of historical thrillers because it is simply a good book.

Kemet

Very Good Book

I really appreciated this very well documented book on Roman life in all its aspects. The story is very well written.

Nanouone

loved it

I liked the characters and the plot, I’m looking for more investigations of our hero. It reminded me of the adventures of Gordian by Steven Saylor.

Marie Le Maire

Absorbing

I read this book by a a keen writter of Roman history, I was not disappointed. The author gives us a portrait of Rome at the time of Vespasian. The characters are credible, the plot flows without displeasure. I will read the sequel with hopes of  as much pleasure.

piba83

I Loved It

I recommend this book. The plot is well conducted and the story very well documented. It takes a plunge into ancient Rome.

Client d'Amazon

The history in a Novel

Historical novel that is easy to read, lots of details but never long: the plot holds us throughout the book, the writing is fluid, pleasant and documented. A must read. Can’t wait for the next book!

Strella

A good book

book that can be easily read with an excellent knowledge of Roman mores and the customs of ancient Rome

Client Amazon

An authentic journey through time

If you like History with a predilection for the Roman Empire you will not be able to ignore The Conspiracy of Marcus Antonius Primus then its sequel Massilia by Thierry Bontoux.
The Author is first of all an efficient novelist with an excellent style but moreover the intrigues to which he gives life develop in a rigorously historical context of daily life.
If its Characters do not express themselves in Latin (fortunately for the reader!), they reveal us with precision the social organization, the manners, the mode of clothing, the habitat, the food often with the words of the time…
We thus feel like contemporaries of the characters.
A clear lexicon, remarkably documented is available to the reader and shows the author’s will to provide us with the essence of a bygone era….

Eric Bertier

Very good time

This book can be read in one go. It is very well documented, the characters and their lives at that time are very well rendered.
To read

Marie

Bravo!

thanks to Mr. Bontoux’s books, I have found back the taste and the desire to read, thank you for your wonderful stories. Bravo!

Client d'Amazon

Nice and Pleasant

good Roman novel …
the author makes us benefit from his erudition, without losing the romantic dimension.
Above all, he knows how to transport us to the daily life of the time.
The trip was therefore both interesting and pleasant.

Ellroy Lehane

For fans of novels

Very good historical novel well documented a sequel would be welcome to read urgently this is great

Pascal les kerylos

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