Switzerland (1961 – )
Robert Fabbri read Drama and Theatre at London University and has worked in film and TV for 25 years. He is an assistant director and has worked on productions such as Hornblower, Hellraiser, Patriot Games and Billy Elliot. His life-long passion for ancient history, especially for that of the Roman Empire, has drawn him to write his first novel. He lives in London
THE FURIES OF ROME
AD 58: Rome is in turmoil once more. Emperor Nero has surrounded himself with sycophants and together they rampage by night through the city, visiting death and destruction as they go. Meanwhile, Nero’s extravagance has reached new heights. The Emperor’s spending is becoming profligate at the same time as the demands of keeping the provinces subdued have become increasingly unaffordable. Could Nero withdraw from Britannia, and at what price for the Empire?
As the bankers of the Empire scramble to call in their loans, Vespasian is sent to Londinium on a secret mission, only to become embroiled in a deadly rebellion led by Boudicca, a female warrior of extraordinary bravery. As the uprising gathers pace, Vespasian must fight to stay ahead of Rome’s enemies and complete his task- before all of Britannia burns.
Somehow i managed to let this title get away from me, let my “to be read” pile defeat me for a bit. But with the pending release of Arminius (and a kick up the butt from the author) i made space and read this title…. and WOW i’m glad i did.
Its easy to say this book is better than the last as a reviewer, but not always why. This time… WOW this is the best book yet in this series.
Vespasian returns to Britain, and you know its all about to kick off with Boudicca and the rebellion. But more than anything its how we get there, how Vespasian has to return to Britain, its the political machinations of Rome, the depravity of Nero, the corruption of Seneca. There is growth of the family in the guise of Titus and Domitian, both good and bad and many things have changed for everyone’s fav character Magnus.
This book does much to drive forward Vespasian in his ambitions for Emperor, the thought that it might be more than fancy starts to really show its self in the elevation of his family and the slide to depravity of the empire. It feels a much more personal tale, the raw fear of everyone as Nero twists the empire to his whim and fancy. Vespasian and and his brother come across old enemies and pay old debts. Along the way the true horror of the Roman world and rebellion is laid bare, but also the building blocks for its future and also maybe its future destruction… such is the scope of this tale.
This book for me was very evocative of others that have touched upon the same period, Douglas Jackson being most brought to mind as it covers the destruction of Camulodunum in such a dramatic fashion his telling is still my fav scene in historical fiction, Robert Fabbri does much to bring that to life in his destruction of London. This whole book is a massively powerful look at the destructive nature that can be unleashed by greed and corruption, how ignoring the masses can lead to a revolution that will sweep all ahead of it.
This is a tremendously well written and researched book, but most of all it is an explosion of action , fear, drama and violence told by a master storyteller. Seven books in and this series just gets better and better….. what can come next?
i look forward to finding out
1. Tribune of Rome (2011)
2. Rome’s Executioner (2012)
3. False God of Rome (2013)
4. Rome’s Fallen Eagle (2013)
5. Masters of Rome (2014)
6. Rome’s Lost Son (2015)
7. Furies of Rome (2016)Vespasian Vol 1-3 (omnibus) (2014)
The Alexandrian Embassy (2015)
2.5. The Racing Factions (2013)
3.5. The Dreams of Morpheus (2014)
The Crossroads Brotherhood Trilogy (omnibus) (2015)