M C Scott A pseudonym used by Manda Scott
MC Scott…. qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Glasgow University and spent fifteen years in Newmarket and Cambridge specialising in anaesthesia and intensive care, before turning to writing as an alternative, less sleep-deprived, profession.M.C.
Of the novels so far published, the first four were contemporary crime thrillers. The first, ‘Hen’s Teeth’ was short listed for the Orange prize in 1997; the third, ‘Stronger than Death’ was awarded an Arts Council of England prize for Literature and the fourth, ‘No Good Deed’, was nominated in the ‘Best Crime Novel’ category of the prestigious US Edgar Awards in 2003.
Scott runs shamanic dreaming workshops which teach the basis of the dreaming described in the Boudica series.
Rome: AD69, The Year of the Four Emperors.Three Emperors have ruled in Rome this year and a fourth, Vespasian, has been named in the East.
As the legions march toward civil war, Sebastos Pantera, the spy whose name means leopard, returns to Rome intent on bribery, blackmail and persuasion: whatever it takes to bring the commanders and their men to Vespasian’s side.
But in Rome, as he uses every skill he has ever learned of subterfuge, codes and camouflage, it becomes clear that one of those closest to him is a traitor, who will let Rome fall to destroy him.
Together the two spies spin a web of deceit with Rome as the prize and death the only escape.
After Eagle of the Twelfth i thought Manda had hit the peak of her writing, the story was one of the finest books of 2012 https://parmenionbooks.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/m-c-scott-the-eagle-of-the-twelfth-qa/
That book had it all, every facet of a great story existed, a truly action packed emotional ride from start to finish.
Rome Art of War manages to go one better, combining all the aspect of the last book but wrapping it with a level of skill and intrigue that is just dazzling. The key protagonist Pantera is amazingly viewed from all the other key perspectives in the book, giving a highly interesting and engaging view of the over all story. When that is coupled with Manda’s impeccable historical research, knowledge and (not widely known) background in crime thriller fiction a whole new edge is opened to your Historical Fiction reading. I don’t read many complex crime/ spy fiction books set in the past, if they were all written this well it’s all I would read.
I’m going to stop saying “this is the best book this year” because there are now officially too many fantastic books out already this year. What I will say is that you MUST buy this book. If you love crime, historical fiction, books full of action and intrigue and if you want to learn how to write a book that is the pinnacle in multi faceted writing style, then this is the book you must have.
My Highest recommendation
1. The Emperor’s Spy (2009)
aka The Fire of Rome
2. The Coming of the King (2011)
3. The Eagle Of The Twelfth (2012)
4. The Art of War (2013)
No Good Deed (2001)
The Crystal Skull (2008) aka 2012: The Crystal Skull