Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Silver Pigs -

I liked this new series I discovered by Lindsey Davis.  As a history major, and erstwhile social studies teacher, I love historical fiction, and it's especially enjoyable when it's set in a favorite time period.  In this case, it's ancient Rome during the time of Vespasian.  The Empire is in turmoil, having just endured the Year of Four Emperors.  As is usual for imperial Rome, intrigue is never far away.

The Silver Pigs (Marcus Didius Falco, #1) The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ancient Rome, theft, murder, damsels in distress, and true love  - Lindsey Davis introduces Marcus Didius Falco, a professional informer and investigator.  The silver pigs in this novel refer to silver ingots that have been disguised as lead.  Is a Senator involved in smuggling these ingots out of Britain to finance the overthrow of the emperor Vespasian?  Who is responsible for the death of Sosia, the beautiful niece of the beautiful, but fiery Helen Justinia?  Marcus Didius Falco is an Army veteran, sickened by the mismanagement of the "higher ups."  He has no love for the imperial rulers of Rome and in fact is a republican (power to the people, not the emperor!).  He's well-known as a womanizing scoundrel, a doting uncle, and is constantly running from his landlord as he tries to avoid paying his rent as long as possible.  He's found work as an investigator with very-questionable contacts and morals.  Yet, he really does have the proverbial heart of gold, deeply hidden..  I really enjoyed this one!  

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