Terra Incognita : The Roman Empire

  • by Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: The Roman Empire
  • 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is spring in the year 118, and Hadrian has been emperor of Rome for less than a year. After his long and reluctant investigation of the murders of a handful of local prostitutes, Gaius Petreius Ruso needs to get out of town. With that in mind, he has volunteered for a posting with the army in the far reaches of Britannia - a calmer place for a tired man.But the edge of the Roman Empire is a volatile place; the independent tribes of the North dwell near its borders. These hinterlands are the homeland of Ruso's slave, Tilla, who has scores of her own to settle there: Her tribespeople, under the leadership of the mysterious Stag Man, are fomenting a rebellion against Roman control, and her former lover is implicated in the grisly murder of a soldier. Ruso, once again unwillingly pulled into a murder investigation, is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the prime suspect. Worse, he is honor-bound to try to prove the man innocent - and the army wrong - by finding another culprit. Soon both Ruso's and Tilla's lives are in jeopardy, as is the future of their burgeoning romance.Terra Incognita shines light on a remote corner of the ancient world, where Ruso's luck is running short - again.

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What the Critics Say

"A lively sequel to English author Downie's historical mystery Medicus....Immensely satisfying." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Who would guess that life and death in the far reaches of the Roman Empire could be so darn funny?" (Library Journal)

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Gentle listen while lots goes on

This book, like the previous one, feels gentle while still keeping the interest going in the characters and the mystery. When starting I think I'm going to get bored but then I realise - some time later - not only have I not been bored but I'm wanting to know what happens next, to whom and why.
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- Angela

Not as good as the first

Having read Medicus I really thought I'd dropped on to a good series here, but the second book is just not "there". Felt the plot was too long winded and I think I caught on fairly early on who may have done it, but as I ended up returning the book I don't know whether I was right or not... and sadly I don't really care.

Good narration by the way.
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- JillyB

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio