Nick Brown: The Emperors Silver Agent of Rome #5

Erhaps naive and is being led astray by ther motivations But it in end Cassius is being presented with a smack in the face wake up call as soon as he finds ut that he wasn t able to shed his persuers and that his life now hangs in the balance Again a challenging task for Cassius both for his job and that f his lifeI actually wanted to uote the last two sentences Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York of the book but that would be too muchf a spoiler anyway I won t do it now But as with many f the ther review this ending WOW Nick how dare you totally unfair I hope you promise to publish the next book in a few months and not let us sit around and wait until next year June When it comes down to character development evolution so to say is remarkable As I said before Cassius shows emotions he has gone through a lot and gradually you see that everything is catching up with him It is impossible to witness what he has and stay cool about it you have to find a way to let steam Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie offr something in that sense I really liked how Nick Brown is showing his protagonist He is part s the secret frumentarii group Roman s Secret Service like spy but not your James Bond type He is flawed his personality is but this is a good thing because we all aren t perfect and this is what makes him a wonderful protagonist because it allows you to connect with him much much better than if he would be invincible and solve everything and win from every criminal Cassius is learning And trying to be better Similar things count for Indavara and Simo the former might not be the smartest f all but I don t think you will be able to find a bodyguard as loyal as he if it hadn t been for Indavara Cassius would have been long gone by now If you add all three characters together you get something much intricate the relation between Cassius Indavara and Simo is a triangle they need each Elmer other to stay alive and get further and in this you see a lotf dynamics Each personality is different but despite some extremes they work not always fluently though but in a way that delivers a great dynamic which makes you laugh at times and makes you feel a lot The Red Stockade of sorrow at the same time Next to the characters the world building is just as amazing To be honest there aren t any lush descriptionsf the exotic surroundings Nick Brown stays to the point and tells what is necessary and mainly by sticking to the to the point writing he creates a very nice pace in his story And you won t miss a beat f anything because if you read all the ther books you know the surroundings and you have all seen Roman movies so your imagination should be triggered here and there If you compare the setting to the first four books ne thing is noticeable and that is that The Emperor s Silver is written with a much darker tone Cassius past is catching up with him and it isn t pretty he has to face a lot f demons f his wn The events that happen in the ending The Something of the book I am going to say it again wow that cliffhanger Brilliant stuff I am curious to see just how this will impact Cassius action I think we will be in for a treat in the next installement I think I am going to repeat myself for the gazillionth time but the Agentf Rome series is a winner With The Emperor s Silver Nick Brown nce again proves his worth and no wonder that Hodder and Stoughton keeps n buying books in this series they are well worth it From the great story dynamics character building story line and writing all down to the accuracy f Roman history these books are just amazing Period ReviewFor me this is ne A Killing Tide of the standut series in Roman fiction something different not built around battles it follows the exploits Shivers: four in one: The Enchanted Attic/A Ghastly Shade of Green/The Locked Room - The Awful Apple Orchard of Cassius anfficer L'Oracle de votre subconscient : I-Ching, Le Livre des transformations of the Grain Menr the Frumentarii In this tale we follow Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! our duef Cassius and Indavara Les Naufrags d'Ythaq T03 : Le soupir des toiles on what should be a uie Perhaps not the bestne in the series so far I have got to say It felt like there were long time where it seemed as though nothing much happened with relevance to the mission Though when it did it than made up for it and is surely better than most And a great relief not to be staggering from The Royal Joust one huge battle to anotherThe story is again a detective story a whodunnit set in the Roman Middle East 273AD Corbulo isnce handed the hot potato mission this time to track down whoever is putting fake Roman money into the system The system is actually good because while I didn t think that fake Roman money was either a thing American Maharajah or a thing that would actually be a problem worth worrying about it wasf course Like it is today It s about confidence in the system and the conseuences f that confidence being eroded r removed by uncertainty and mistrust And that s where Nick Browns books really come into their wn By showing us life Roman life as it was a little further down the scale from the Emperors and Generals usually written about we can perhaps easily relate it to ur Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan own lives and struggles And see both that the Romans were a lot like us a lot further developed than people me usually would think for a people living 2000 years ago and very little has changedThe story is muchf a team effort I felt this time ut Simo and especially Indavara have increasingly important even pivotal roles to play Andthe whole thing hangs n an excellent to be continued type theme at the end there Great not to be neatly tied The Quarterback's Crush off great to have me wanting to get stuck into the nextneThe World s best book blog Speesh ReadsFacebook Speesh Reads I love this series so much and The Emperor s Silver does not disappoint n the contrary The perfect mix f action fine writing and a trio f characters I just can t get enough f There are undertones here about the darker side Achtung! Cthulhu of the Roman empire including slavery and the exposuref infants and that adds something very special Excellent This series keeps getting better and. Asked with smashing a counterfeiting gangCassius tracks the criminals to the city Infamy of Berytus where his investigations are hampered by civil unrest and uncooperativefficials not to mention the personal problems f his servant Simo and bodyguard Indavara Despit.

Another job well done by Nick Brown This time he releases information about Indavara s past And it the end it looks like the cliffhanger is due to this past This book was different than the rest in that by the end the enemies were defeated but not killed r captured They cleverly escaped from Cassius This was a pretty cool twist even though we all love to see Indavara kick some ass he did plenty My Wishful Thinking of this tothers throughout the book though The Kallikres turn was also a twist I didn t really see coming I loved the charactersboth good and bad there was a great mix The Boy and the Blue Moon of them and they were all developed nicely Another great 5 star book and I CANNOT wait to read what Nick has in store for this trio next Anotherf the Agent f Rome books which was a thoroughly good read The mix f characters is really interesting and engaging and as ever a really good plot The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 or were there several I thought at the beginning that thisne might be less exciting as the characters did but no it was just as gripping Downside The last two lines Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest of the book mean that I now have to go straightn to the next ne Not a problem really Roman adventure at its best I think this is the fifth in a series that continues to get better and better great storylines and compelling and interesting characters bring these books to life Although the author is not yet as well known as some f the thers that write in this space he deserves to be with confident and engaging writingCassius is a grain man a Roman investigator He is fairly young and needs the help f a bodyguard an ex Gladiator and a slave who is an active Christian and it is the dynamics between these three that underpin the stories Cassius is slightly immature and has the pomposity Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day of his up bringing but is fundamentally a decent guy trying to do the right thing It is a clever balancef his status and culture and the relationship he has with the ther two blended in with some humour that works very wellIn The Emperor s Silver the trio are sent ut after some counterfeiters and manage to get themselves into trouble before they start to flush Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) out the bad guys all in a timef political unrest where the workers specifically the weavers feel they are being treated unfairly Not a great time to be an undercover grain manA series that is there to be thoroughly enjoyed especially if you like books set in this era After some harrowing and dangerous assignments Cassius Corbulo is looking forward to a seemingly less life threatening job that will utilize his growing investigative skills So along with his imposing bodyguard Indavara and his Christian slave Simo Corbulo heads to the town f Berytus to uncover a counterfeiting ring Seemingly is the perative word in the Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks opening sentence as the situation in this small peaceful town is hardly that Civil unrest dangerous counterfeiters and a mysterious groupf perceived assassins who have followed Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman our trio make for some exciting action while Corbulo meets dead end after dead end looking for the counterfeiting gang The most intriguing aspectsf this the 5th volume in the Agent Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition of Rome series is the continual growthf the the three main characters especially Heaven Next Stop of Simo and Indavara Simo s ever growing faith puts him at loggerheads with Corbulon numerous ccasions Indavara gets interesting with every book and I was hooked n him with his arena scenes early n Going from a context void f a past he has come a long way and is a complex individual than just a skilled killer The author knows this time and place well as his descriptions flow ut f his research and gives the reader a sense Have A Good Night, Volume 1 of being in the dusty streetsr dingy taverns I wait with great anticipation for the next episode 5 starsOn Twitter hooverbkreviewOn Facebook at riginally posted at you have been following my reviews f Nick Brown s Agent f Rome series including short fiction pieces you know that I am a big fan f his writing And it is with a reason he writing is catchy fast paced and his vision When You Lose Your Job of the Roman Empire is just as it had to be beautiful yet brutal at the same time From the first book The Siege Nick Brown has never missed a beat in his writing I kindly urge you to pick up this series asap if you haven t done so The Emperor s Silver picks up after the eventsf The Black Stone and just as if Cassius thought he could catch a break from running around and solving problems which kind f comes with the job f the frumentarii he is called Isabel the Queen: Life and Times on another mission But first I have to note that before this mission arrives you see a picturef Cassius where his far from a happy man he has witnessed a lot Fantastic Post Office 03 of hurt and pain If you think about it anyone with emotions would be taken by this and so is Cassius He takes relief inther means and knows it isn t really the right way to go After this introduction Cassius is presented with a serious case where he has to track counterfeit money The case being Emperor Aurelian has issued new coinage in the Roman Empire since the Roman Empire is big many criminals try to work this in their favor and Tim Crouch one particular criminal gang is doing such a good job that they have been noted However this new mission isn t thenly motivation Cassius is being persued and they have already gotten very close to him personally a desperate break is needed And so Cassius is send to put them to a halt in the city f Berytus Of course he is always accompanied by two f his friends servant and bodyguard Simo and Indavara whom we already have gotten to learn in the Drawing the Human Head other books Anyway what might sounds like a fairly easy mission soon turnsut into a giant undertaking as Cassius is presented with than Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics one challenge in trying to find the criminals and navigating his way through the local populace and convincing them to help him What we also see is that Cassius is young and Still recovering from his previous assignment in Arabia imperial agent Cassius Corbulo has been spending mostf his time and money DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle on women and wine Unfortunately for him wordf his achievements has reached the emperor Aurelian's deputy and he is sent north

Better The author has utdone himself I read slowly to make it last since I KNEW I would really enjoy this latest Agent f Rome adventure And I was absolutely right This adventure was f a detective story with Cassius Simo and Indavara in Berytus modern Beirut investigating a ring f counterfeiters They gladly accept the aid Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, of governmentfficials and City sergeants lictorsUrban Cohorts Emperor Aurelian has recently issued new silver coins fakes are appearing all ver the East Early n Cassius has used his smooth tongue but also exhibited his verexuberance impetuosity and carelessness based n flimsy circumstantial evidence There are red herrings A smuggling Pontius Pilate outfit is exposed Through a happy chance Indavara comes upon a promising lead while helping Simo s Christian congregation in their good works The final few chapters will surprise you I liked that the story was notnly non stop exciting adventure but also gave us Simo s and Indavara s very human emotions and personal stories Simo and Cassius continue their disagreement Livin de Life over the placef Simo s religion in his life Indavara besides finding what might be Aeralis of his background is struggling to find his place in societyutside the arena and not to let its evils Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half overwhelm him Cassius is unsympathetic to his feelings and awkward with him The psychology and dynamic among the three I thought were strong aspectsf the storyPacing was superb There were two dangerous chases which as they unfolded were almost cinematic in the words used to describe them I could almost see them play Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives out before me We saw Cassius s uick thinking Both incidents were heart stopping I felt sueamish about the depravity between the brother and sister fraternal twins That lowered my rating a little to maybe 475 which I raised to a 5 I wish the author could have leftut words describing their strange relationship sentences Radio Crackling, Radio Gone or paragraphs here and there At least henly hinted at itThis novel will be The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit onef my favorites Limey Gumshoe of Cassius s adventuresHighly recommended I thank the author for sending me a copyf the novel Who would have thought that Cassius would willingly accept a new mission Well if three men raided my house in the middle Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate of the night and wounded my bodyguard in a very sensitive area I d want to escape too Indeed someone isut to get Cassius so he accepts what he believes to be a nice easy mission to get away from his pursuers However his new mission isn t easy it is uite the pposite and he becomes distracted from his investigation as his mysterious assailants gradually catch up with him The result is a minor case f paranoia and an investigation that he would normally be able to solve with reluctant enthusiasm and ease A mission to escape Indeed he is sent to investigate the production Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen of counterfeit coins which he does not take seriously at all He is just too distracted He treats the mission in the beginning as if it is unimportant and inconseuential thus he makes a massive mistaken the basis Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade of some very flimsy evidence The result is a minor humiliation that could become a majorne if his mission isn t brought to a speedy resolution His reputation could become seriously tarnished if he doesn t get himself together But the threat Harcourt School Publishers Collections of his assailants lingers at the backf his mind so his mission takes a backseat as his priority becomes his From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure own safety The result is a character that does not have the same drive hence had He lacks the enthusiasm he bore in the The Far Shore and the resilience he harboured in the The Siege But who can blame him He is in fear for his life He has made many potential enemies in his previous investigation and they may have finally caught up with him It s no wonder that he cannot focus On Toby's Terms on the current investigation that he isnly utilizing as a means f escape Fantastic character dynamicsThe plot did not start as fast in this book as it did in thers but it would be uite unrealistic if it did This really lends itself to the brilliant characterisation in this series Cassius had such a traumatic experience in the last book trying to recover The Black Stone that he is left in a state Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land of unrest He just wants to drink wine and chase girls not silver whilst trying to protect himself from a mysterious hunter He no longer wants to risk his life for an ungracious Empire but is duty bound to do so Conseuently his enthusiasm is at an all time low and his reluctance at an all time high Cassius needs the helpf his two friends than ever in this novel Cassius s bodyguard Indavara has become somewhat f a laughing point for this novel and it is for the right reasons The bodyguard has gets himself into some rather tight scrapes which makes for a amusing dynamic between the trio than the previous intelligence insults directed at Indavara Despite the personal crisis he has in this novel Cassius would have been died long ago without him so he wes him his life several times Indiscretion over In addition Simo s kindness and personal faith leads to some problematic encounters which almost danger the investigation itself However without his brilliantrganisation skills Cassius would have struggled to unravel the tight web that leads to the coin counterfeiters The two characters create many problems but without their help Cassius would have completely failed this mission Overall this is another brilliant edition in the series The plot was not uite as fast in this Indiscretion one but that was a necessary facet for the characters tovercome their personal bstacles and develop further Indeed the dynamic between the three characters is why I enjoy this series so much and why I will continue to read it Moreover the ending page f this book really twisted everything around and will leave me in sustained suspense for the next year This definitely was the strongest ending in the series so fa. 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Nick was born in Norwich in 1974 A keen reader from a young age he graduated from Enid Blyton to Douglas Hill and JRR Tolkien and from there to Ian Fleming Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton After three years studying in Brighton he travelled to Nepal where he worked at an orphanage and trekked to Mount Everest After ualifying as a history teacher in 2000 he worked for five years in England