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We are back in Rome again with elections coming up and our main protagonist, Decius Caecilius Metellus the younger, is one of the candidates, having left Julius Caesar's troops warring in Gaul. But, as usual, things do not go smoothly when Rome itself falls under a virulent curse directed at the richest man of that fair city as he leaves to embark on his own war in search of glory and greater wealth. When the senator who performed the curse is, himself, found apparently murdered, it falls to our luckless and flawed hero to investigate.
Another excellent, puzzling mystery to unwind without the help of modern forensics. The writing is very visual as we are led through the streets of Rome, meeting sometimes strange and exotic characters. The dialogue is filled with wry humour and fascinating titbits of Roman life and culture are revealed. John Lee does a good narration as he becomes the voice of Decius.
It's fun, it is exciting and it even teaches without preaching. Highly recommended.
The Tribune's Curse is my favorite story in the SPQR series. The audio version is well produced, captivating and just a great listen.
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I did not care for this story about a tribune who curses Crassus and Rome and then is murdered as I did most of the earlier books. Decius must first find the body, and then the murderer as he involves himself in current witchcraft cults emerging in the city.
The Tribune is seen being murdered on top of the wall as he curses Crassus and Rome. A search is made for his body, only to eventually find out he is not dead at all. Somehow the book did not come alive for me as others in the series did.
I think the other books in the series are far better than this one -- althought I like the entire series this was not one of my favorite books.
Like all the books in the series, it is quite short and moves at a fast pace.The books are never boring, and if you like Ancient Roman Mysteries set in the period of the Republic this is a great series.
John Lee does a good job of the voice and easily bring the books and it characters alive. I recommend that you start the series from the beginning although that is not necessary since every book is a nice stand-alone but there is a continuity that reading the series from the beginning bring especially as the subtext is that of Decius climbing the Cursus Honorum and what trouble he gets into in each new political job.
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