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Furies: An Ancient Alexandrian Thriller

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  21 reviews
36 AD - The city of Alexandria is a center of Roman commerce—and a sinful playground for the pleasure-seeking rich and powerful.

For wealthy merchant Decimus Tarquitius Aculeo, however, Alexandria has become a living hell. Ruined by a string of mysterious investment disasters, abandoned by friends and family, Aculeo is desperate to recover his wealth and status.

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Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by D.L.Johnstone
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Bob Milne
This is probably one of the most intriguing historical crime thrillers I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It's not just a police procedural awkwardly transplanted to the Roman era, but a story of criminal intrigue that belongs entirely in that bygone, almost mythological era. Admittedly, I don't remember a great deal about my University studies in ancient history, but my sense is that Johnstone really knows his stuff.

Let's get the obvious out of the way and talk about the history. The sett
I was impressed with the thoroughness of Johnstone's research and his ability to incorporate it into the plot without trying to overwhelm us with detail. For those who are interested in knowing more, there is a glossary which includes the sectors of the city of Alexandria.

I was surprised that the protagonist's wife, Titania had the right to take his son when she left him in the opening of the novel. According to Wikipedia on Women in Ancient Rome , in a marriage between two free citizens, a wife
Jenny Hilborne
Furies is a tale of greed and corruption, set in Alexandria in ancient Roman Times.

The story opens with the losses faced by Roman, Decimus Tarquitis Aculeo, a man of former wealth and stature. Questions surround the investments he made which have led to his ruin. Deserted by his family and friends, he is determined to find the man he blames for the disaster, the man he believes tricked him and stole his wealth, and recover what he has lost. The search leads Aculeo deep into the criminal world,
I received this book from Goodreads Historical Fictionistas Group Giveaway.

I really enjoyed this book. The story opens with the losses faced by Decimus Tarquitis Aculeo, a man of former wealth and stature. He is deserted by his family and friends after losing his wealth and house, he is determined to find the man he blames for the disaster. The search leads Aculeo deep into the criminal world, where he must first face his own enemies and regain their trust.

Even being a bitter, disillusioned drun
Darcia Helle
Furies is a fascinating whodunit kind of mystery set in 36 A.D. Rome. I love ancient history and wanted to love this book. In the end, I'm left with mixed feelings.

The positives for me: This book is well written. I loved a few of the characters, particularly Sekhet, the healer/mortuary attendant. Parts of the time period stood out as well researched, such as the abject poverty and the struggle to survive. And the mystery unravels in a way that allows readers to try to solve the crimes along with
Puzzle Doctor
It’s always refreshing to go into a book with no pre-conceptions. I had literally no idea what to expect from Johnstone. A minor bit of research revealed that this is his second book, his first being a modern day thriller, Chalk Valley, so this is his first foray into history.

It’s an impressive one, as well. Alexandria is brought to life at all levels of society, and we follow Aculeo through his quest to find various truths, intersecting with a wide supporting cast, and with some surprising twis
In Furies: An Ancient Alexandrian Thriller, D.L. Johnstone strategically mixes historical fiction and an incredible thriller to deliver a very unique tale of murder and mystery. Readers are introduced to business savvy Decimus Tarquitius Aculeo. The luxurious life that he has built for himself is quickly going down the drain after a series of bad investments he had made and not to mention that he has become a virulent drunk. Hoping to regain all that he has lost (his wealth, family and friends), ...more
Kayla West
I love historical fiction, and I also especially love thrillers. So when given the opportunity to review Furies: An Ancient Alexandrian Thriller by D.L. Johnstone, which has both the word ancient and thriller in the title (YAY!), I could not wait to read it. In fact I used my free month trial of prime on Kindle to borrow this. (It was just sitting there collecting dust, so why not use it?) Boy, am I glad I did.

This book has everything. From murder to love to deceit, even desperation, Furies make
Mr. Johnstone has outdone himself. I really enjoyed his first book, Chalk Valley, even though a few things bugged me. Well, this time, he really created a series of great characters in this ancient city of Alexandria. You really feel like you know these people. When I first received my copy, I was a bit skeptical about a mystery/thriller story in that era. Well, it really works. Johnstone's knowledge of that period is amazing, reading the book is getting a slice of history lesson. Good story-tel ...more
Betsy Hover
I was delighted to receive this book "Furies: An Ancient Alexandrian Thriller" from Goodreads Giveaway!

Furies is a fascinating mystery that transports you into 36 A.D. Rome. I love ancient history and the author did an awesome job making the time period come alive in the readers mind and the book stood out for me as being well researched. The characters were well formed and this allowed the reader to move along with the characters in order to try to solve the crimes taking place as the mystery u
It was kind of slow going in the beginning but once you are acquainted with the cast of characters it begins to gather steam. There is some repetition in the retelling of aculeos past however the end is worth it and overall it was a good read.
Jayne Fenside
Bravo to Johnstone! FURIES is a fresh new approach to murder and mystery. Greed, power, corruption and murder are every bit as compelling in ancient Alexandria as they are in modern times. This is a carefully crafted book with multiple complex characters and twists and turns to appeal to all readers. The story and suspense built steadily and kept me guessing right down to the final 10 pages! Admittedly, it took me a about 50 pages to settle into the ancient references, names and descriptions and ...more
This book kept you on the edge of your seat as something happened at every turn.While I love Roman history the era did contain a lot of not only violence, but ruthless cruelty. It was hard for some to find safe refuge.
Set in Ancient Alexandria during Roman rule, this mystery-thriller has some nice twists and turns to it. I also enjoyed the tidbits of philosophy that found their way into the story. Besides the fun gimmick of Ancient Rome (which is what grabbed me), I though the book was interesting and fun. The characters where well-drawn and believable. I particularly liked the ancient "CSI" elements from the Egyptian healer Sekhet. The plot was not obvious and had me guessing for most of the book. I hope Joh ...more
The author seems to know the era well.
A very good read set in Alexandria in 36AD.
The book is full of intrigue, love, murder, dishonesty-- you name it and it is in this book.

The characters are believable and run the gamut of society! For the most part, human life doesn't hold much value. But there are a few willing to give their life for another.

I enjoyed the book and recommend it to readers that enjoy historical fiction.
I almost couldn't get through this. I loved the details and the setting, but it just couldn't keep my attention. I found the mystery quite boring and way too convoluted.
Pretty enjoyable. 3.5 stars. The mystery gets a bit muddled toward the end, but still an entertaining read in an unusual setting.
Good pacing and decently researched, though I found a lot of the language used by the characters inconsistent with the setting.
Greg Wolfson
Pretty simple basic mystery set in Ancient Alexandria. Not really enough period details to make this book work, however
Excellent ancient history murder mystery. Enjoyed it thoroughly!
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D.L.Johnstone lives in the Toronto area with his wife, four kids and a half-dog/half-sasquatch named Charlie. He's the author of the thrillers CHALK VALLEY and FURIES: An Ancient Alexandrian Thriller.

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