Imperium - Robert Harris

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  1. Riselka

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    Found a copy of this on the discount counter yesterday, and have seen it described here as one of the best books about ancient Rome written in the past few years - in addition to Harris's book Pompeii.

    So ... I'm assuming that Imperium is pretty darned good.

    I see that, according to Fantastic Fiction, is supposedly the first book of a trilogy. Harris's newest book is not the second book, but I see he has a book coming out this fall called Titan.

    Does anyone know if this book is the second in the trilogy?
     
  2. Brian G Turner

    Brian G Turner He's a very naughty boy! Staff Member

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    Just read Imperium and seriously enjoyed it - very engaging, and wholly with a feeling of realism. A superb book with wide appeal.

    Lustrum is apparently the sequel - I think I saw mention of a third book in this series, but I'm not sure if one has been written/published as yet?
     
  3. Allegra

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    I didn't realise these are part of a trilogy. His latest book An Officer And A Spy (2013) is about the Alfred Dreyfus affair. I have been wanting to get that book. Now together with Lustrum. :)
     
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    I'm currently reading Lustrum, the second in the series. Harris has a real talent for writing a page-turning thriller without sacrificing historical authenticity.
     
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  6. Allegra

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    Except his Fatherland, sacrificed historical facts a big time, excellent just the same. :)
     
  7. Bugg

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    At last! Now I need to re-read the first two :)
     
  8. Brian G Turner

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    I had a glance at Lustrum and was disappointed to see that Cicero no longer appears to be the viewpoint character, but instead simply one of his secretaries? That does put me off a little - I'd rather be dragged along by a main character through their tribulations, rather than just watch someone from afar. Even still, it's Robert Harris so I'm sure I'll push on regardless.
     
  9. Bugg

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    I thought Lustrum was excellent, Brian. I doubt you'd be disappointed by it :)
     
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  10. MWagner

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    Yeah, I found Lustrum just as engaging as Imperium. The POV from the secretary gives us a bit of distance from Cicero, and enables us to see what other people think about him. Which is useful because Cicero has his flaws. Dictator is excellent also, though different again because it takes place over a long period of time. And, of course, everything is falling apart.
     
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