Friday Book Share #6

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It’s Friday again! Which means it’s time for #FridayBookShare, a wonderful tag created by Shelley Wilson. This tag lets us tell people about wonderful books we love, and is there anything better than talking about our favourite books?

So why don’t you recommend a book too? What you need to do, if you want to share it, is complete the following for a book of your choosing:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

I mentioned in my last post that I have just finished reading Imperium, by Robert Harris; and, since I’m about to finish the second book in the saga, which I am enjoying immensely, I thought I would recommend it, too! So, without further preamble, let’s recommend…


First line of the book

Two days before the inauguration of Marcus Tullius Cicero as consul of Rome, the body of a child was pulled from the Riber Tiber, close to the boat sheds of the republican war fleet.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

Rome, 63 BC. Seven men are struggling for power: Cicero the consul, Caesar his ruthless rival, Pompey the republic’s greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, Clodius an ambitious playboy.

The stories of these historical figures – their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and crimes – are all interleaved to form this epic novel. Its narrator is Tiro, confidential secretary to the wily, humane, complex Cicero. He knows all his master’s secrets – a dangerous position to be in.

From the discovery of a child’s mutilated body, through judicial execution and a scandalous trial, to the brutal unleashing of the Roman mob, Lustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Cicero — A masterful orator.

Delightful design


Audience appeal

Fans of ancient Rome and historical fiction. The novel, though favouring the flow of prose over strict historicity, is well-researched enough that readers will become more enlightened after reading Lustrum. The conflicts of power and the long and skillful speeches make for a read that will keep you hooked until you finish it.

Your favourite line/scene

“How much longer, Catilina, will you try our patience?”

I haven’t finished this book yet, and I’m already a huge fan. I would recommend it to anyone—I would be surprised to find anyone who doesn’t  find it, if not illuminating, at least entertaining. It goes with my highest praise.



2 thoughts on “Friday Book Share #6

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