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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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

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
W. Nicol
Brilliantly researched work. The motives of the historical characters are really brought out in a convincing way.
minder historisch meer fictie. eerder een avonturenroman dan een historisch verhaal.
David Nouvel
A good novel. Very entertaining but too quick-paces for me.
Teisha Buick
Introduced to yet more characters from Scarrow's books: the slimy Narcissus, the general Aulus Plautius and Emperor Claudius himself.
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
Patrick Raftery
in this second book the boy vespasian has become the man he will become, he has worked out that the emperor and his family are not fit to rule rome but does that mean that the power hungary sejanus who all of rome fear will be the next emperor or will vespasian and his brother do their small part and bring this powerful man down, it all bills up to an electric ending, great story can't wait to see wot is next for vespasian
A really enjoyable Roman romp! I am following this series as the books are so readable. I really enjoyed the political angle in this novel that highlighted the treacherous nature of Roman politics. There was a great breadth in the story, beginning with macho gladius and pilum action eventually moving to the arena of dark Roman politics and the Tulinium. I can't wait for the series to get to Jerusalem!
Pierre Du
Mooie inkijk in het alledaags Romeins doen en laten. Goed gedocumenteerd. De verhaallijn is wat zwak.
This is a great book, furthering the story, trials and tribulations of Vespasian. For the fist time, he finds himself embroiled in the center of Roman politics. I loved how Vespasian seems to have have an innate to find trouble but then somehow extricate himself from the mess. Definitely recommend this and not only for lovers of Roman fiction.
Roman Melnyk
A little better than the first book of the series. Good story for those who love Ancient Rome history and atmosphere.
Loved this novel. Blood, murder and epic battle scenes... the author really has a hand for writing vividly and detailed. The plot is strong throughout the story and not for one second boring. Definitely one of the best historical fiction series ever written.
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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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