A. H. John
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narrated in a hurry by a young lady playing the part of Watson. story is weaker than most Holmes yarns
relatively light on the prehistory of sapiens. heavy on the sociology of modern and early modern cultures
Not very engaging
I found the structure of the early part of the book difficult to engage with as it centered around the exploits of the orator Cicero. I didn't grasp why the author had latched on to Cicero as an appropriate figure to start the narrative with. When the book later moved to an historical timeline structure I found the work easier to digest.
There is still much historical interest in the book and many details which I found fascinating, though I shan't be recommending it to friends.