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Who would have thought that Cassius would willingly accept a new mission Well if three men raided my house in the middle of the night and wounded my bodyguard in a very sensitive area I d want to escape too Indeed someone is out to et Cassius so he accepts what he believes to be a nice easy mission to et away from his pursuers However his new mission isn t easy it is uite the opposite and he becomes distracted from his investigation as his mysterious assailants radually catch up with him The result is a minor case of paranoia and an investigation that he would normally be able to solve with reluctant enthusiasm and ease A mission to escape Indeed he is sent to investigate the production of counterfeit coins which he does not take seriously at all He is just too distracted He treats the mission in the beginning as if it is unimportant and inconseuential thus he makes a massive mistake on the basis of some very flimsy evidence The result is a minor humiliation that could become a major one if his mission isn t brought to a speedy resolution His reputation could become seriously tarnished if he doesn t et himself together But the threat of his assailants lingers at the back of his mind so his mission takes a backseat as his priority becomes his own safety The result is a character that does not have the same drive he once had He lacks the enthusiasm he bore in the The Far Shore and the resilience he harboured in the The Siege But who can blame him He is in fear for his life He has made many potential enemies in his previous investigation and they may have finally caught up with him It s no wonder that he cannot focus on the current investigation that he is only utilizing as a means of escape Fantastic character dynamicsThe plot did not start as fast in this book as it did in others but it would be uite unrealistic if it did This really lends itself to the brilliant characterisation in this series Cassius had such a traumatic experience in the last book trying to recover The Black Stone that he is left in a state of unrest He just wants to drink wine and chase irls not silver whilst trying to protect himself from a mysterious hunter He no longer wants to risk his life for an ungracious Empire but is duty bound to do so Conseuently his enthusiasm is at an all time low and his reluctance at an all time high Cassius needs the help of his two friends than ever in this novel Cassius s bodyguard Indavara has become somewhat of a laughing point for this novel and it is for the right reasons The bodyguard has ets himself into some rather tight scrapes which makes for a amusing dynamic between the trio than the previous intelligence insults directed at Indavara Despite the personal crisis he has in this novel Cassius would have been died long ago without him so he owes him his life several times over In addition Simo s kindness and personal faith leads to some problematic encounters which almost danger the investigation itself However without his brilliant organisation skills Cassius would have struggled to unravel the tight web that leads to the coin counterfeiters The two characters create many problems but without their help Cassius would have completely failed this mission Overall this is another brilliant edition in the series The plot was not uite as fast in this one is another brilliant edition in the series The plot was not uite as fast in this one that was a necessary facet for the characters to overcome their personal obstacles and develop further Indeed the dynamic between the three characters is why I enjoy this series so much and why I will continue to read it Moreover the ending page of this book really twisted everything around and will leave me in sustained suspense for the next year This definitely was the strongest ending in the series so far I love this series so much and The Emperor s Silver does not disappoint on the contrary The perfect mix of action fine writing and a trio of characters I just can t et enough of There are undertones here about the darker side of the Roman empire including slavery and the exposure of infants and that adds something very special Excellent ReviewFor me this is one of the stand out series in Roman fiction something different not built around battles it follows the out series in Roman fiction something different not built around battles it follows the of Cassius an officer of the Grain Men or the Frumentarii In this tale we follow our due of Cassius and Indavara on what should be a uiet and sedate posting to uncover a counterfeiting ring something cerebral and suited to Cassius talents than Indavara s the ex Karneval, Vol. 4 gladiator who has saved them from than a few life threatening escapades Only things nevero uite how our young scholarly soldier hopes and often that not he has to rely on Indavara s prowess and size to The Hiding Place get them out of troublefull review follow linkhttpsparmenionbookswordpresscom After some harrowing and dangerous assignments Cassius Corbulo is looking forward to a seemingly less life threatening job that will utilize hisrowing investigative skills So along with his imposing bodyguard Indavara and his Christian slave Simo Corbulo heads to the town of Berytus to uncover a counterfeiting ring Seemingly is the operative word in the opening sentence as the situation in this small peaceful town is hardly that Civil unrest dangerous counterfeiters and a mysterious roup of perceived assassins who have followed our trio make for some exciting action while Corbulo meets dead end after dead end looking for the counterfeiting ang The most intriguing aspects of this the 5th volume in the Agent of Rome series is the continual rowth of the the three main characters especially of Simo and Indavara Simo s ever rowing faith puts him at loggerheads with Corbulo on numerous occasions Indavara ets interesting with every book and I was hooked on him with his arena scenes early on Going from a context void of a past he has come a long way and is a complex individual than just a skilled. Still recovering from his previous assignment in Arabia imperial agent Cassius Corbulo has been spending most of his time and money on women and wine Unfortunately for him word of his achievements has reached the emperor Aurelian's deputy and he is sent north The Emperors Silver Agent of Rome #5

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Of his friends servant and bodyguard Simo and Indavara whom we already have otten to learn in the other books Anyway what might sounds like a fairly easy mission soon turns out into a Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' giant undertaking as Cassius is presented with than one challenge in trying to find the criminals and navigating his way through the local populace and convincing them to help him What we also see is that Cassius is young and perhaps naive and is being led astray by other motivations But it in end Cassius is being presented with a smack in the face wake up call as soon as he finds out that he wasn t able to shed his persuers and that his life now hangs in the balance Again a challenging task for Cassius both for his job and that of his lifeI actually wanted to uote the last two sentences of the book but that would be too much of a spoiler anyway I won t do it now But as with many of the other review this ending WOW Nick how dare you totally unfair I hope you promise to publish the next book in a few months and not let us sit around and wait until next year June When it comes down to character development evolution so to say is remarkable As I said before Cassius shows emotions he hasone through a lot and radually you see that everything is catching up with him It is impossible to witness what he has and stay cool about it you have to find a way to let steam off or something in that sense I really liked how Nick Brown is showing his protagonist He is part os the secret frumentarii roup Roman s Secret Service like spy but not your James Bond type He is flawed his personality is but this is a Changing Face of the Hero good thing because we all aren t perfect and this is what makes him a wonderful protagonist because it allows you to connect with him much much better than if he would be invincible and solve everything and win from every criminal Cassius is learning And trying to be better Similar things count for Indavara and Simo the former might not be the smartest of all but I don t think you will be able to find a bodyguard as loyal as he if it hadn t been for Indavara Cassius would have been longone by now If you add all three characters together you The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry get something much intricate the relation between Cassius Indavara and Simo is a triangle they need each other to stay alive andet further and in this you see a lot of dynamics Each personality is different but despite some extremes they work not always fluently though but in a way that delivers a reat dynamic which makes you laugh at times and makes you feel a lot of sorrow at the same time Next to the characters the world building is just as amazing To be honest there aren t any lush descriptions of the exotic surroundings Nick Brown stays to the point and tells what is necessary and mainly by sticking to the to the point writing he creates a very nice pace in his story And you won t miss a beat of anything because if you read all the other books you know the surroundings and you have all seen Roman movies so your imagination should be triggered here and there If you compare the setting to the first four books one thing Is Noticeable And That Is noticeable and that is The Emperor s Silver is written with a much darker tone Cassius past is catching up with him and it isn t pretty he has to face a lot of demons of his own The events that happen in the ending of the book I am oing to say it again wow that cliffhanger Brilliant stuff I am curious to see just how this will impact Cassius action I think we will be in for a treat in the next installement I think I am oing to repeat myself for The Gazillionth Time But The gazillionth time but the of Rome series is a winner With The Emperor s Silver Nick Brown once again proves his worth and no wonder that Hodder and Stoughton keeps on buying books in this series they are well worth it From the reat story dynamics character building story line and writing all down to the accuracy of Roman history
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books are just amazing Roman adventure at its best I think this is the fifth in a series that continues to Lignin Biodegradation get better and betterreat storylines and compelling and interesting characters bring these books to life Although the author is not yet as well known as some of the others that write in this space he deserves to be with confident and engaging writingCassius is a Pure Chance grain man a Roman investigator He is fairly young and needs the help of a bodyguard an ex Gladiator and a slave who is an active Christian and it is the dynamics between these three that underpin the stories Cassius is slightly immature and has the pomposity of his up bringing but is fundamentally a decentuy trying to do the right thing It is a clever balance of his status and culture and the relationship he has with the other two blended in with some humour that works very wellIn The Emperor s Silver the trio are sent out after some counterfeiters and manage to The Lady and the Lionheart get themselves into trouble before they start to flush out the baduys all in a time of political unrest where the workers specifically the weavers feel they are being treated unfairly Not a reat time to be an undercover rain manA series that is there to be thoroughly enjoyed especially if you like books set in this era Another job well done by Nick Brown This time he releases information about Indavara s past And it the end it looks like the cliffhanger is due to this past This book was different than the rest in that by the end the enemies were defeated but not killed or captured They cleverly escaped from Cassius This was a pretty cool twist even though we all love to see Indavara kick some ass he did plenty of this to others throughout the book though The Kallikres turn was also a twist I didn t really see coming I loved the charactersboth ood and bad there was a reat mix of them and they were all developed nicely Another Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church great 5 star book and I CANNOT wait to read what Nick has in store for this trio next. E this and intense pressure from his superiors the young officer eventually closes in on theangBut his enemies will do anything to protect their profits and Cassius and Indavara soon find themselves fighting not only for the emperor but for their very surviva. Killer The author knows this time and place well as his descriptions flow out of his research and A (kinda) Country Christmas gives the reader a sense of being in the dusty streets or dingy taverns I wait withreat anticipation for the next episode 5 starsOn Twitter hooverbkreviewOn Facebook at Another of the Agent of Rome books which was a thoroughly ood read The mix of characters is really interesting and engaging and as ever a really ood plot or were there several I thought at the beginning that this This series keeps etting better and better The author has outdone himself I read slowly to make it last since I KNEW I would really enjoy this latest Agent of Rome adventure And I was absolutely right This adventure was of a detective story with Cassius Simo and Indavara in Berytus modern Beirut investigating a ring of counterfeiters They ladly accept the aid of National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 government officials and City sergeants lictorsUrban Cohorts Emperor Aurelian has recently issued new silver coins fakes are appearing all over the East Early on Cassius has used his smooth tongue but also exhibited his overexuberance impetuosity and carelessness based on flimsy circumstantial evidence There are red herrings A smuggling outfit is exposed Through a happy chance Indavara comes upon a promising lead while helping Simo s Christian congregation in theirood works The final few chapters will surprise you I liked that the story was not only non stop exciting adventure but also ave us Simo s and Indavara s very human emotions and personal stories Simo and Cassius continue their disagreement over the place of Simo s religion in his life Indavara besides finding what might be of his background is struggling to find his place in society outside the arena and not to let its evils overwhelm him Cassius is unsympathetic to his feelings and awkward with him The psychology and dynamic among the three I thought were strong aspects of the storyPacing was superb There were two dangerous chases which as they unfolded were almost cinematic in the words used to describe them I could almost see them play out before me We saw Cassius s uick thinking Both incidents were heart stopping I felt sueamish about the depravity between the brother and sister fraternal twins That lowered my rating a little to maybe 475 which I raised to a 5 I wish the author could have left out words describing their strange relationship sentences or paragraphs here and there At least he only hinted at itThis novel will be one of my favorites of Cassius s adventuresHighly recommended I thank the author for sending me a copy of the novel Perhaps not the best one in the series so far I have ot to say It felt like there were long time where it seemed as though nothing much happened with relevance to the mission Though when it did it than made up for it and is surely better than most And a Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism great relief not to be staggering from one huge battle to anotherThe story is again a detective story a whodunnit set in the Roman Middle East 273AD Corbulo is once handed the hot potato mission this time to track down whoever is putting fake Roman money into the system The system is actuallyood because while I didn t think that fake Roman money was either a thing or a thing that would actually be a problem worth worrying about it was of course Like it is today It s about confidence in the system and the conseuences of that confidence being eroded or removed by uncertainty and mistrust And that s where Nick Browns books really come into their Own By Showing Us Life Roman Life As It Was By showing us life Roman life as it was little further down the scale from the Emperors and Generals usually written about we can perhaps easily relate it to our own lives and struggles And see both that the Romans were a lot like us a lot further developed than people me usually would think for a people living 2000 Years Ago And Very Little Has ChangedThe ago and very little has changedThe is much of a team effort I felt this time out Simo and especially Indavara have increasingly important even pivotal roles to play Andthe whole thing hangs on an excellent to be continued type theme at the end there Great not to be neatly tied off Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory great to have me wanting toet stuck into the next oneThe World s best book blog Speesh ReadsFacebook Speesh Reads originally posted at you have been following my reviews of Nick Brown s Agent of Rome series including short fiction pieces you know that I am a big fan of his writing And it is with a reason he writing is catchy fast a big fan of his writing And it is with a reason he writing is catchy fast and his vision of the Roman Empire is just as it had to be beautiful yet brutal at the same time From the first book The Siege Nick Brown has never missed a beat in his writing I kindly urge you to pick up this series asap if you haven t done so The Emperor s Silver picks up after the events of The Black Stone and just as if Cassius thought he could catch a break from running around and solving problems which kind of comes with the job of the frumentarii he is called on another mission But first I have to note that before this mission arrives you see a picture of Cassius where his far from a happy man he has witnessed a lot of hurt and pain If you think about it anyone with emotions would be taken by this and so is Cassius He takes relief in other means and knows it isn t really the right way to Charming the Firefighter go After this introduction Cassius is presented with a serious case where he has to track counterfeit money The case being Emperor Aurelian has issued new coinage in the Roman Empire since the Roman Empire is big many criminals try to work this in their favor and one particular criminalang is doing such a ood job that they have been noted However this new mission isn t the only motivation Cassius is being persued and they have already otten very close to him personally a desperate break is needed And so Cassius is send to put them to a halt in the city of Berytus Of course he is always accompanied by two. Asked with smashing a counterfeiting Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales gangCassius tracks the criminals to the city of Berytus where his investigations are hampered by civil unrest and uncooperative officials not to mention the personal problems of his servant Simo and bodyguard Indavara Despit.