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The Governor's Man: A Quintus Valerius Mystery Copertina flessibile – 31 maggio 2021
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‘Vivid prose, gripping mystery and a constant sense of adventure: this Roman Britain is richly textured and immediately alive.' Robert Wilton
When silver from the Emperor’s mines goes missing, Roman Imperial Investigator Quintus Valerius returns to Britannia. The province where his brother died in front of him, and his career in the Praetorian Guard abruptly ended. It is one of the last places in the Empire the investigator wishes to be posted.
With his assistant Tiro, a native Briton, Valerius uncovers a conspiracy of fraud and rebellion. The plot involves a resurgence in Druid activity — and potential witnesses are murdered.
Trust is a commodity that’s scarcer than silver. Even the investigator’s former lover, Lady Julia, seems connected to the crimes.
Valerius begins to piece together clues that reveal a shocking truth — and cast a terrible light on his own past.
The two soldiers now have a frantic race across country with a handful of allies, in a final battle to prevent the loss of more than just silver.
The fate of Britannia is at stake.
After many years abroad, and careers in advertising and academia, Jacquie Rogers now lives in the Malvern Hills of England.
Praise for Jacquie Rogers:
‘One to watch — Rogers has class in abundance.’ Alistair Forrest
‘A compelling mystery... For fans of Steven Saylor and Ben Kane.’ Richard Foreman
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So … after the initial head chopping, we quickly find out what a thoroughly messed-up character our Roman 00VII is, even by the standards of the time. Discede Mendip Hills morator, says M. By Jupiter, we think, it’s going to take an extraordinary plot and a pretty feisty British maiden to sort this guy out.
Cue maiden, who is the same maiden our hero had a fling with some years before at the other end of the country, quite a coincidence. Said maiden has since metamorphosed into a responsible leader, coincidentally embroiled in the very plot our hero is trying to thwart. There follows a lot of un-Romanly agonising. Given the alacrity with which our hero whips out his gladius to solve his professional issues, one begins to wish he would apply the same principle elsewhere. Worked last time.
The plot hops around both geography and genre. It feels like a mystery at first (murder, clues, flawed character) but it quickly becomes evident who dunnit and why. The plot then reverts to a 00VII caper (evil mastermind planning world domination, Big Fight Scene). There’s a danger of it turning into Lord of the Rings at one point, but it doesn’t, Ave Angerona. The romance thread runs through it, but it’s too cosy and predictable.
This is an undemanding book. The historical background is interesting but the plot has little to make the reader think. I did feel compelled to complete the book, primarily to find out if our hero finally gets his act together, so the author has done her job. I expected a twist at the end to usher in a sequel, but it all seems to end happily. Perhaps too happily?
This is a debut novel, so congratulations to the author on getting published. It isn’t really my kind of book, but doubtlessly many will like it. A more focussed plot and more stringent editing might usefully be applied to further books, in my opinion.
As the pace of the story increases, we have much to discover about our gallant soldiers as they delve deeper into the case they have been asked to investigate while also learning more about each other and how, despite their differences, they each have something to bring to the table. They grow before our eyes into people we want to succeed.
The Governor’s Man is very well researched and takes us into the heart of Roman Britain. It would be an excellent starting place for anyone wanting to discover more about this period in history. For those wanting to follow the story on a map, Rogers has included a list of place names with their modern-day name. Altogether The Governor’s Man is an excellent read - but be warned, you won’t want to put it down until the end! Looking forward to the next in the series.