SPQR IV: The Temple of the Muses : SPQR

  • by John Maddox Roberts
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: SPQR
  • 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Roman junior senator Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger has a chance to join a diplomatic mission to Alexandria, he welcomes the opportunity to temporarily elude his enemies in the Eternal City - even though it means leaving his beloved Rome. Decius is just beginning to enjoy the outpost's many exotic pleasures when the suspicious death of an irascible philosopher occurs, coinciding with the puzzling and apocalyptic ravings of a charismatic cult leader. Intrigued, Decius requests and is given permission by the Egyptian Pharaoh to investigate the heinous crime. What he discovers is beyond shocking.
And when the corpse of a famous courtesan mysteriously turns up in his bed, Decius suddenly finds himself entangled in a web of conspiracy far more widespread and dangerous than he ever imagined - one that threatens to bring about the downfall of the entire Empire.


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Customer Reviews

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Not the Best in the Series

This gets off to a very slow start. A lot of time is taken up giving the reader a verbal tour of the City of Alexander before the murder happens. Even then it is slow going until near the end when the pace picks up and the end is quite dramatic and exciting.

The book deals with the murder of a famous scholar and as we learn his real skill is in developing war machines for a secret plot for a war against Rome. Decius is in Alexandria where is been exiled after the events in the previous book. It is not until near the end of the book that Decius discovers this plot and unveils it to the current Pharoah and the Roman mission. He is rewarded by being put on the next ship to Rome.

I would not recommend this book if you are new to the series. I would start with one of the earlier books while Decius is still in Rome. I find the the book with a Rome setting are by far the best in the series.

John Lee is an excellent narrator and add a lot to the story. I consider him one of the best narrator who is good at giving distinctive voices to the characters. He certainly makes up for any slot parts in the bookl
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- "unknown"


a bit predictable and some historical mistakes.could do better with thw characters. need to see a new novel
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- nicnewman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-02-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios