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Rome's Executioner (Vespasian #2)

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Thracia, AD30: Even after four years military service at the edge of the Roman world, Vespasian can't escape the tumultuous politics of an Empire on the brink of disintegration. His patrons in Rome have charged him with the clandestine extraction of an old enemy from a fortress on the banks of the Danube before it falls to the Roman legion besieging it. Vespasian's mission ...more
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Mr. Matt
Nov 21, 2014 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rome's Executioner continues the story of the young (early twenties) Vespasian. It also continues the great cloak and dagger, life and death struggle between Sejanus, and Antonia. With the Emperor Tiberius aging and increasingly disinterested in the business of running the Empire, Sejanus, the ambitious prefect of the Praetorian Guard, is moving in the shadows to make himself Emperor. Antonia, the sister-in-law of Tiberius, mother of Claudius and grandmother of Caligula is likewise moving in the ...more
Lance McMurchy
Nov 13, 2013 Lance McMurchy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that is brilliant in some places and very ordinary in others. What do I mean by this: there was some places where there were so many ideas being thrown around with people I knew nothing about that just left me befuddled; while at other times, the prose and character interaction was just wonderful. Such befuddlement was when Antonia had those meetings to discuss those involved in the conspiracy against the emperor, they were just painful. At one time I remember saying t ...more
Deborah Pickstone
This series really is excellent! Fast moving, inventive and historically good - I just hope the author can write very fast!
Oct 19, 2014 Speesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s action a-plenty in ‘Rome’s Executioner (Vespasian II)’, on and off the pitch. Ranging from the outskirts of the Roman empire in Dacia in AD 30, to the very centre of power and those who hold it or want it, in the eternal city itself. From full-on combat at the point of a sword to daggers in the back in the dark of Roman side-streets and back alleys. All in all, just what you want to find in a book set in Roman times. However (the good sort) what elevates this one above - the most of - it ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize it but I guess I started this series about one of Rome's "good" emperors with book 2 of the series. However, the story, woven around the downfall of the infamous Praetorian Prefect Sejanus, stood on its own quite nicely.

There is no indication in history that Vespasian and his brother Sabinus conspired with the Lady Antonia, Tiberius' sister-in-law, to overthrow Sejanus to protect the reign of Tiberius. However, a successful conspiracy is one in which the participants remain ano
Jim Smith
Jan 01, 2015 Jim Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This four star rating is given solely because Fabbri (by his own admission)plays fast and loose with some of the historical detail. Vespasian is placed in a couple of situations for which there is no historical evidence. In addition, the sequence of events is compressed to allow them to fit into the book. For example, the execution of Sejanus' children took place months rather then days after their father's.

Taken in the context of a very well written story though, these points become relatvely
David Stringer
Apr 16, 2016 David Stringer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book in the authors Vespasian series, which is about Vespasian, who eventually becomes emperor and reigned from 69 to 79 AD and who famously had the coliseum built. However in this book it is about the main characters adventures long before he get's into power.

I did enjoy this book, found it well written and clearly the author knows his stuff without bogging us laymen down with too much detail in an attempt at, I suspect from other authors, showing off. I really enjoyed a lot
M.J. Webb
I really enjoyed the first in the series but thought this book a poor sequel. Well written but lacking in excitement for me. I'll still probably read more though and it was an okay read, just not a patch on book 1.
Jan 26, 2014 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good follow up to an entertaining debut. This sees Vespasian age a bit (helpfully passing a few years to give him off-page experience, there's more than enough interesting stuff in his life to keep the the reader entertained without dragging feet in off the history books stuff. The action is well written (although the hairy-arsed barbarians are interchangable with anyone else's historical fiction). What makes this series strong is the mix of political and military action. Vespasian and hi ...more
Aeshna Juncea
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Filip Camerman
Feb 23, 2015 Filip Camerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vespasian's imagined life during the latter years of Tiberius' reign. The first half has a lot of action but an uninteresting plot. Once Vespasian gets to Rome and is caught up in the conspiracy to topple Sejanus, things got more and more interesting. If the book had started there, this would have been the best historical novel I'd ever read. The visit to Caligula and Tiberius on Capri, where they led their gorish lifestyle, was fascinating. The bloody finale in Rome was captivating and brutal i ...more
Mar 14, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 17, 2013 Jasper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rome's Executioner is the second book in the Vespasian series written by Robert Fabbri, just a short while ago I read Robert Fabbri's debut and the first book in the series Tribune of Rome. I was immediately hooked into it, Tribune of Rome begins with an most interesting promise and all along the story you are really in for some good action and betrayal. This first book offered a few glimpses in to the live of young Vespasian and I wa
Paul Bennett
Jul 22, 2013 Paul Bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must confess that when I read Tribune of Rome, the first book in the series, it took a while for me to get enthused as the beginning seemed to go a little slow but once the story gained momentum it gained my attention. The momentum carried over to volume two and this book had me from the start. The main plot concerns Vespasian being sent on a seemingly impossible mission to capture a loathsome renegade Thracian priest who may or may not be the key in bringing down the terror ridden reign of A ...more
Doc Martin
Aug 15, 2012 Doc Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second volume of Fabbri's series on Vespasian and continues his story. The first half of the book tells the story of his time in Thrace and includes one major battle scene plus several skirmishes (one being a naval encounter). The second half is about the political intrigues in Rome specifically life under Tiberius and Sejanus' thrust for power and his ultimate downfall. The book is excellent at describing the atmosphere of distrust and terror that encompassed the elite circles of Ro ...more
John Salter
Oct 11, 2013 John Salter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once in a while an author comes along and their story telling just clicks with you and you comfortably fall into their vision, writing and description of what they are conveying and before you know it, you've finished the book and are left wanting more. This happened with Robert Fabbri's first book about the enigmatic Vespasian and I must admit, I was worried that the second book wouldn't reach such high standards but my doubts were quickly dispelled.

The story has already been covered to some de
D.K. Cherian
Sep 20, 2013 D.K. Cherian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Robert Fabbri book I have read and I'll have to say that I am impressed with his work.
The novel is set in Ancient Rome with Tiberius as the Emperor. It follows the escapades of Vespasian and his brother who have been called upon by Lady Antonia to help quell a possible coup by Sejanus.
The novel starts of with a quick pace on two separate scenes, one involving a secret meeting between Vespasian's brother Sabinus and a high ranking member of the Pretorian Guard; Naevius Macro (
Robin Carter
May 04, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When i saw book one of this series last year i was very interested, Vespasian , a name to get any Roman History lovers pulse racing, this is a man involved in some very interesting points in Romes long and chequered history.

When you add to that the glimpse we have had of this man in Simon Scarrows Eagles series, im sure his future appearance in Henry Venmore-Rowlands new series (starting with the Last Caesar in June). This is not just an interesting figure, this is a man of the moment, it
A good, well-written instalment of Fabbri's Vespasian series. Though, for me at least, this episode doesn't feel quite as memorable as the opener, though that may just as easily be because the level of action & bloodshed drops dramatically to leave room for the political intrigue & manoeuvres dealing with Sejanus and his followers.

I guess that this suffers from the typical ills of a second instalment in a series in that rather than being focussed on giving the reader someone and somethin
Mar 05, 2016 SVEN rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never before realised how many consecutive emperor's Rome had, nor what the daily realities of middle-class back then looked like. Well writen page turner with sometimes a bit of needless and unconfirmed historical sensationalism but since it made me want to read part 3 again a nice bit of poolside read from the summer of 2013.
Feb 25, 2016 Maarten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished the book today and am still recovering from the shocking ending... Although some scenes in the book are really horrific, I have to say this second part of the Vespasianus series is as good as the first. Simply because the story is so varied. First of all, there are the geographical changes. Secondly, there is the change from an action-based story (in Thracia) to the intrigues of the Emperor, Antonia and Seianus. I must add here that it was a bit difficult to fllow the storyline becaus ...more
Feb 12, 2016 Cosey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Guilty pleasure' TOT EN MET. Simpele schrijfstijl, geen adembenemend verhaal, maar een echte verslaving.
(Kinder)moord hier, seksuele uitspattingen daar en één groot machtsspel overal.
Rare jongens die Romeinen.

W. Nicol
Sep 13, 2014 W. Nicol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly researched work. The motives of the historical characters are really brought out in a convincing way.
Sep 06, 2015 Hko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
minder historisch meer fictie. eerder een avonturenroman dan een historisch verhaal.
David Nouvel
Jul 21, 2015 David Nouvel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good novel. Very entertaining but too quick-paces for me.
Teisha Buick
Mar 15, 2015 Teisha Buick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Introduced to yet more characters from Scarrow's books: the slimy Narcissus, the general Aulus Plautius and Emperor Claudius himself.
Mar 04, 2015 Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great yarn...will look forward to the rest of the series.
Masen Production
“A great fictional book on General Vespasian, who rose from an obscure family to the most powerful position in Rome in its worst phase. Through the heady days of Tiberius the emperor & his second in command the evil Secundus. The second of the tri-series revolves round Vespasians trails & pursuits of getting a prisoner from the danube till Rome to the Emperor so that he can know how Secundus his second in command is undermining his authority. Its a gripping book that keeps you occupied t ...more
Jul 05, 2015 Jwvdt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neil Milne
Feb 08, 2016 Neil Milne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather grimmer reading than book 1...
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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. Now, 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 and Berlin.
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