Inceptio : Roma Nova

  • by Alison Morton
  • Narrated by Caitlin Thorburn
  • Series: Roma Nova
  • 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York, present day. Karen Brown, angry and frightened after surviving a kidnap attempt, has a harsh choice - elimination by government enforcer Jeffery Renschman or fleeing to the mysterious Roma Nova, her dead mother's homeland in Europe.
Founded 16 centuries ago by Roman exiles and ruled by women, Roma Nova gives Karen safety and a ready-made family - at a price. But a shocking discovery about her new lover, the fascinating but arrogant Special Forces officer Conrad Tellus, who rescued her in America, isolates her.
Renschman reaches into her new home and nearly kills her. Recovering, she is desperate to find out why he is hunting her so viciously. Unable to rely on anybody else, she undergoes intensive training, develops fighting skills and becomes an undercover cop. But, crazy with bitterness at his past failures, Renschman sets a trap for her, knowing she has no choice but to spring it....

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Intriguing concept, a fast-paced thriller

I wasn’t too sure how I would get on with this book as I’m not a great fan of fantasy or sci-fi (Amazon’s classifications), but frankly, I wouldn’t class this book as either. Inceptio fell into a genre that was new to me – not time slip, but ‘alternate history’, and I found this fascinating. I read contemporary fiction and I’m quite partial to the odd novel set in ancient Rome too, so this was quite an intriguing concept – and the book didn’t disappoint.

Inceptio is a fast-paced thriller that twists skulduggery in an alternate modern-day America together with the passion and pride of the people of Roma Nova, a notional European country established by breakaway Romans sixteen centuries ago. There was plenty to grab the interest – a complex plot with lots of twists and turns, a heroine who has to defy impossible odds, a strong love interest and some dastardly villains.

I wasn’t convinced by the transformation of a perfectly normal, rather unsuccessful young American girl into a Roma Novan superhero in an amazingly short space of time (although I very much enjoyed it!), and I wasn’t really sure I liked her new persona either, but neither of these points kept me from enjoying the tale. Roma Nova was a curious place, in many ways so modern that its genesis didn’t seem very relevant, though the inhabitants obviously had a real sense of nationhood. I would have liked a stronger sense of the place and its culture, history, food etc – but I loved the idea that it was the women who ruled the country (!) and that it had evolved as a technologically advanced nation.

I was given this audiobook free in return for an honest review – that said, I would not have even started listening to it unless I had liked the narrator, as narration is such an important element for me. Caitlyn Thorburn’s treatment was far from perfect, but overall it made for a really enjoyable listen.

Would I go back for more? You bet!
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- Jenny

Three Cheers! Even better on Audible!

What made the experience of listening to Inceptio the most enjoyable?

I read Inceptio soon after it was first published and immediately became hooked on the series (thank goodness it is a series - I think I could become quite bereft without a regular new Roma Nova fix) Books I enjoy I like to re-read, but with fading sight this is becoming a problem - thank goodness for Kindle and the ability to increase the font size, but now hurrah for Audible! No more straining to see the words a relaxing enjoyable experience of listening to some of my favourite characters instead! I admit I was dubious when I first downloaded this one: would narration detract from how I imagined the author's (and tha characters') voice. No! Not in the slightest, in fact the book is now even better (if that's possible!) So three cheers for Audible, Three Cheers for Ms Morton and Three Cheers for Roma Nova!


What was one of the most memorable moments of Inceptio?

The realisation that Rome had survived into the 21st century, an amazing, and I think Unique, concept, with unique characters and a unique plot.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of them!


Any additional comments?

a wonderful, exciting, read from cover to cover.

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- Helen Hollick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-07-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios