Nick Brown: The Emperors Silver Agent of Rome #5

F 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 Agent of Rome series is a winner With The Emperor s Silver Nick Brown once again proves his worth and no wonder that Hodder and Stoughton keeps on 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 of Roman history these books are just amazing Period I love this series so much and The Emperor s Silver does not disappoint on the contrary The perfect mix of action fine writing and a trio of characters I just can t get nough of There are undertones here about the darker side of the Roman The Mistletoe Melody (A Brookhollow Story, empire including slavery and thexposure of infants and that adds something very special Excellent 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 of the others that write in this space he deserves to be with confident and Sid and Sam engaging writingCassius is a grain man a Roman investigator He is fairly young and needs the help of a bodyguard anx 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 of his up bringing but is fundamentally a decent guy trying to do the right thing It is a clever balance of his status and culture and the relationship he has with the other two blended in with some humour that works very wellIn The Emperor s Silver the trio are sent out after some counterfeiters and manage to get themselves into trouble before they start to flush out the bad guys all in a time of 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 Screwball enjoyedspecially if you like books set in this ra ReviewFor me this is one of the stand out series in Roman fiction something different not built around battles it follows the xploits of Cassius an officer of the Grain Men or the Frumentarii In this tale we follow our due of Cassius and Indavara on what should be a uiet and sedate posting to uncover a counterfeiting ring something cerebral and suited to Cassius talents than Indavara s the The Outlaw Jesse James ex gladiator who has saved them from than a few life threateningscapades Only things never go uite how our young scholarly soldier hopes and often that not he has to rely on Indavara s prowess and size to get them out of troublefull review follow linkhttpsparmenionbookswordpresscom This series keeps getting better and better The author has outdone himself I read slowly to make it last since I KNEW I would really Up All Night enjoy this latest Agent of Rome adventure And I was absolutely right This adventure was of a detective story with Cassius Simo and Indavara in Berytus modern Beirut investigating a ring of counterfeiters They gladly accept the aid of government officials and City sergeants lictorsUrban Cohorts Emperor Aurelian has recently issued new silver coins fakes are appearing all over the East Early on Cassius has used his smooth tongue but alsoxhibited his overexuberance impetuosity and carelessness based on flimsy circumstantial The Spiral Dance evidence There are red herrings A smuggling outfit isxposed 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 not only non stop The Erotic Mind exciting adventure but also gave us Simo s and Indavara s very humanmotions and personal stories Simo and Cassius continue their disagreement over the place of Simo s religion in his life Indavara besides finding what might be of his background is struggling to find his place in society outside the arena and not to let its Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy, evils overwhelm him Cassius is unsympathetic to his feelings and awkward with him The psychology and dynamic among the three I thought were strong aspects of 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 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 left out words describing their strange relationship sentences or paragraphs here and there At least he only hinted at itThis novel will be one of my favorites of Cassius s adventuresHighly recommended I thank the author for sending me a copy of the novel. E this and intense pressure from his superiors the young officerventually closes in on the gangBut his It Hurts When I Poop! a Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty enemies will do anything to protect their profits and Cassius and Indavara soon find themselves fighting not only for themperor but for their very surviva.

Another job well done by Nick Brown This time he releases information about Indavara s past And it the Here With Me (Together end it looks like the cliffhanger is due to this past This book was different than the rest in that by thend the Double Deception (Code Name: Danger enemies were defeated but not killed or captured They cleverlyscaped from Cassius This was a pretty cool twist Wicked Lies (Men of Summer, even though we all love to see Indavara kick some ass he did plenty of this to others 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 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 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 of Berytus to uncover a counterfeiting ring Seemingly is the operative word in the opening sentence as the situation in this small peaceful town is hardly that Civil unrest dangerous counterfeiters and a mysterious group of perceived assassins who have followed our trio make for somexciting action while Corbulo meets dead Grave Tattoo end after deadnd looking for the counterfeiting gang The most intriguing aspects of this the 5th volume in the Agent of Rome series is the continual growth of the the three main characters Georgia and the Tycoon especially of Simo and Indavara Simo sver growing faith puts him at loggerheads with Corbulo on numerous occasions Indavara gets interesting with Churchills Trial every book and I was hooked on him with his arena scenesarly on Going from a context void of 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 out of his research and gives the reader a sense of being in the dusty streets or dingy taverns I wait with great anticipation for the next A Conspiracy of Ravens (Lady Trent Mysteries episode 5 starsOn Twitter hooverbkreviewOn Facebook at Perhaps not the best one 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 one huge battle to anotherThe story is again a detective story a whodunnit set in the Roman Middle East 273AD Corbulo is once 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 wasither a thing or a thing that would actually be a problem worth worrying about it was of course Like it is today It s about confidence in the system and the conseuences of that confidence being Lakeside Redemption eroded or removed by uncertainty and mistrust And that s where Nick Browns books really come into their own 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 perhapsasily relate it to our 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 much of a team In Pursuit of a Princess effort I felt this time out Simo andspecially Indavara have increasingly important Second Time Loving even pivotal roles to play Andthe whole thing hangs on anxcellent to be continued type theme at the nd there Great not to be neatly tied off great to have me wanting to get stuck into the next oneThe World s best book blog Speesh ReadsFacebook Speesh Reads Who would have thought that Cassius would willingly accept a new mission Well if three men raided my house in the middle of the night and wounded my bodyguard in a very sensitive area I d want to scape too Indeed someone is out to get Cassius so he accepts what he believes to be a nice Dark Awakening easy mission to get away from his pursuers However his new mission isn tasy it is uite the opposite and he becomes distracted from his investigation as his mysterious assailants gradually catch up with him The result is a minor case of paranoia and an investigation that he would normally be able to solve with reluctant Hawks Way (Hawks Way enthusiasm andase A mis Another of the Agent of Rome books which was a thoroughly good read The mix of characters is really interesting and Family Men engaging and asver a really good plot or were there several I thought at the beginning that this one might be less Creative Participation exciting as the characters did but no it was just as gripping Downside The last two lines of the book mean that I now have to go straight on to the next one Not a problem really originally posted at you have been following my reviews of Nick Brown s Agent of Rome series including short fiction pieces Still recovering from his previous assignment in Arabia imperial agent Cassius Corbulo has been spending most of his time and money on women and wine Unfortunately for him word of his achievements has reached themperor Aurelian's deputy and he is sent north

Ou know that I am a big fan of his writing And it is with a reason he writing is catchy fast paced and his vision 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 Sabina Spielrein events of The Black Stone and just as if Cassius thought he could catch a break from running around and solving problems which kind of comes with the job of the frumentarii he is called on another mission But first I have to note that before this mission arrives you see a picture of Cassius where his far from a happy man he has witnessed a lot of hurt and pain If you think about it anyone withmotions would be taken by this and so is Cassius He takes relief in other 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 one particular criminal gang is doing such a good job that they have been noted However this new mission isn t the only 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 of Berytus Of course he is always accompanied by two of his friends servant and bodyguard Simo and Indavara whom we already have gotten to learn in the other books Anyway what might sounds like a fairly Cognitive Radio Networks easy mission soon turns out into a giant undertaking as Cassius is presented with than 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 perhaps naive and is being led astray by other motivations But it innd Cassius is being presented with a smack in the face wake up call as soon as he finds out 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 of his lifeI actually wanted to uote the last two sentences of the book but that would be too much of a spoiler anyway I won t do it now But as with many of the other review this Personnel Management in Government 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 developmentvolution so to say is remarkable As I said before Cassius shows Out of This World emotions he has gone through a lot and gradually you see thatverything 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 off or something in that sense I really liked how Nick Brown is showing his protagonist He is part os 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 The Time It Never Rained everything and win fromvery criminal Cassius is learning And trying to be better Similar things count for Indavara and Simo the former might not be the smartest of 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 The Child of the Soul and Other Stories each other to stay alive and get further and in this you see a lot of dynamics Each personality is different but despite somextremes 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 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 descriptions of the Childrens Phantasies 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 of anything because if you read all the other 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 one 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 of demons of his own Thevents that happen in the nding of the book I am going to say it again wow that cliffhanger Brilliant stuf. Asked with smashing a counterfeiting gangCassius tracks the criminals to the city of Berytus where his investigations are hampered by civil unrest and uncooperative officials not to mention the personal problems of his servant Simo and bodyguard Indavara Despit.

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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