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Nobody Loves a Centurion

av John Maddox Roberts

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Serier: SPQR (6)

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Julius Caesar, as we know, arrived in Gaul (now France) and announced "I Came, I Saw, I Conquered," but when Decius Metellus arrives from Rome, not seeking military glory but rather avoiding an enemy currently in power, he finds that although the general came and saw, so far, at least, he has far from conquered. The campaign seems at a standstill.Decius's arrival disappoints the great Caesar as well. He has been waiting for promised reinforcements from Rome, an influx of soldiers to restart his invasion. Instead he is presented with one young man ridiculously decked out in military parade finery and short on military skills, accompanied not by eager troops but by one callow and reluctant slave, the feckless Hermes.It soon develops, however, that Decius's arrival was fortuitous. When Vinius, the army's cruelest centurion (so-called because he commands a hundred soldiers), is found murdered, Caesar remembers that his new recruit has successfully come up with the culprit in a number of recent crimes. Murder is bad for morale, particularly since it seems quite clear that the murderer was one of Caesar's men. Caesar orders Decius to find the killer - and quickly.Although evidence points to the son of one of Decius's clients - a youth who was the particular target of the centurion's brutality, Decius racks his brain to find a way to save him from the sentence of death. The investigation leads Decius to two German slaves of the dead man - a dwarfish old man and a beautiful woman. They are puzzling; the man is arrogant, the woman haughty - very unlike slaves. There are unanswered questions. It soon becomes clear to Decius that only by finding andpunishing the real murderer will it be possible to quiet the rising dissatisfaction with Caesar's unorthodox method of warfare and forestall a mutiny against the mighty Caesar's authority and aims.… (mer)

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Enjoyable mystery! However, Decius Caecilius Metellus, the new "kid on the block", is not as fascinating and witty as Falco or Gordianus.
I probably I will be reading more by this author, if I happen to stumble on the other books of the series. ( )
  MissYowlYY | Jun 12, 2020 |
When Decius joins Caesar's army in Gaul, he soon makes himself unpopular. But he is the only person Caesar can ask to investigate the murder of a brutal centurion. Was he killed by his own men or by the one of the enemy forces preparing to fight against the Romans?

Exciting, atmospheric thriller/mystery. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Dec 17, 2019 |
"Men do not achieve the centurionate by being mild. Nobody loves a centurion. But they're seldom murdered." So says Caesar to Decius Metellus the Younger, who is putting in his mandatory year of military service in Gaul with Caesar. A brutal centurion has been murdered; Burrus, one of Decius's clients, and prime suspect, along with the other members of his contubernium, has been accused of the murder. Unless the murderer can be found in ten days, the squad will be executed. So Decius and his slave Hermes hop to their investigation. Their nosiness leads them to a German encampment, where damning evidence leads Decimus to a culprit. But, afterwards, back at the camp, trying to piece together anamolies in the chain of events, he has second thoughts....

Pacing was good and Decius was a likeable character. Nice to know that Decimus acted as Caesar's secretary and in proofing Caesar's notes, had to figure out Caesar's atrocious handwriting and correct his miserable spelling. I'd say the grammar was fine; nothing was said about it one way or the other and Caesar's still being read today. :) I figured out the significance of the death early on but I didn't guess the real culprit. This was a quick, fun read. ( )
  janerawoof | Mar 10, 2016 |
In this sixth installment of the SPQR series, Decius is once again out of Rome, this time joining Julius Caesar in Gaul. Decius does not cut an impressive military figure, but Caesar knows of his skill as an investigator, and orders him to find out who killed a particularly detestable centurion. This lacks some of the bite of the previous novels, or perhaps it's just that Decius is away from his beloved Rome. ( )
  annbury | Sep 17, 2010 |
Plot: For the series, the detective story is dominant and side plots are not as developed as in other installments. The historical background is of the better known ones, which means that those events also hover in the background.

Characters: Most of the usual side characters are missing, which is a pity because they are what makes the stories so much fun. Decius on his own is entertaining, but a certain something is lacking. Characterisation is well done, as usual.

Style: Highly entertaining to read, with plenty of snarky comments and observations. The style is very casual but never trips over modern words.

Plus: The army interactions, the take on the Gallic War.

Minus: Almost all Roman side characters are missing.

Summary: Not the best in the series, but still good. ( )
  surreality | Apr 5, 2008 |
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Julius Caesar, as we know, arrived in Gaul (now France) and announced "I Came, I Saw, I Conquered," but when Decius Metellus arrives from Rome, not seeking military glory but rather avoiding an enemy currently in power, he finds that although the general came and saw, so far, at least, he has far from conquered. The campaign seems at a standstill.Decius's arrival disappoints the great Caesar as well. He has been waiting for promised reinforcements from Rome, an influx of soldiers to restart his invasion. Instead he is presented with one young man ridiculously decked out in military parade finery and short on military skills, accompanied not by eager troops but by one callow and reluctant slave, the feckless Hermes.It soon develops, however, that Decius's arrival was fortuitous. When Vinius, the army's cruelest centurion (so-called because he commands a hundred soldiers), is found murdered, Caesar remembers that his new recruit has successfully come up with the culprit in a number of recent crimes. Murder is bad for morale, particularly since it seems quite clear that the murderer was one of Caesar's men. Caesar orders Decius to find the killer - and quickly.Although evidence points to the son of one of Decius's clients - a youth who was the particular target of the centurion's brutality, Decius racks his brain to find a way to save him from the sentence of death. The investigation leads Decius to two German slaves of the dead man - a dwarfish old man and a beautiful woman. They are puzzling; the man is arrogant, the woman haughty - very unlike slaves. There are unanswered questions. It soon becomes clear to Decius that only by finding andpunishing the real murderer will it be possible to quiet the rising dissatisfaction with Caesar's unorthodox method of warfare and forestall a mutiny against the mighty Caesar's authority and aims.

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