Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome

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Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome

Format:  Paperback,

384 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Feb 2011

ISBN-13: 9780743266116

ISBN-10: 0743266110

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"Conspirata "is "a portrait of ancient politics as a blood sport," raves the "New York Times." As he did with "Imperium," Robert Harris again turns Roman history into a gripping thriller as Cicero faces a new power struggle in a world filled with treachery, violence, and vengeance.
On the eve of Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, a grisly discovery sends fear rippling through a city already racked by unrest. A young slave boy has been felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, apparently as a human sacrifice. For Cicero, the ill omens of this hideous murder only increase his dangerous situation: elected leader by the people but despised by the heads of the two rival political camps. Caught in a shell game that leaves him forever putting out fires only to have them ignite elsewhere, Cicero plays for the future of the republic . . . and his life. There is a plot to assassinate him, abetted by a rising young star of the Roman senate named Gaius Julius Caesar--and it will take all the embattled consul's wit, strength, and force of will to stop the plot and keep Rome from becoming a dictatorship.


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Feb 2011
ISBN-13: 9780743266116
ISBN-10: 0743266110
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.35 x 1.08 x 8.25
Walmart No.: 9780743266116

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Biography of Harris, Robert

Author Robert Harris was born in Nottingham, England in 1957. He attended King Edward VII College and Selwyn College. He has worked as a BBC journalist, the Political Editor of the Observer, and a columnist for The Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph. He was named Columnist of the Year by the British Press in 2003. He has written both fiction and nonfiction books and currently lives in Berkshire, England.


Review by Library Journal (2010-05-15)

A vibrant reading by British actor/multiple Audie Award winner Simon Jones brings instantly to life Harris's second title in his Cicero trilogy, following the international best seller Imperium (2006), also available from Recorded Books and S. & S. Audio. At the height of his political power and popularity, Cicero must thwart both an assassination attempt and a serious plot to overthrow the Republic. The story is wryly and amusingly told from the slave-as-fly-on-the-wall perspective of Cicero's secretary, Tiro. A very thoughtful and engaging novel highly recommended for adult audiences.

[An alternate abridged and unabridged edition, read by Oliver Ford Davies, is available through S. & S. Audio; the Publishers Weekly best-selling S. & S. Ac was recommended for "readers who enjoy the complexities of Steven Saylor's historical Roman mysteries and the historical detail of Colleen McCullough's Master of Rome' series", LJ 2/15/10.-Ed.] - Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Rated 4 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 4 out of 5★ by A great read for historical fiction fans This is a great book. I'm currently reading it and enjoying it so far. If you have a local Walmart you visit with any regularity, it might be worth stopping in to see if they offer a bargain book bin right now. Not sure all Walmarts do, but the two I frequent in Anaheim/Fullerton (Lemon St.) and Brea have them. They don't come in all the time but you can usually find good deals if they're available. (They might be hiding on the opposite side of the store from the book department so keep that in mind, too. And not all titles/books are the same in all stores...) I mention this because I picked up the *hardcover* of Conspirata for $5.97. For Hardcover. That's less than half the online paperback price. (Here at Walmart dotcom or Amazon dotcom.) If you're an avid reader/bookhound like I am...*and* like a bargain? Worth finding one of those and digging through it. There are some gems. Sometimes...someone even organizes them in the bin though that rarely lasts. 06/25/2012
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