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The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis
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Jul 10, 2012

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I didn't enjoy this one as much as the two previous Falco mysteries. Davis's depiction of the ancient world is superb as always, particularly the details of heading north out of (Roman) civilization and into the wilds of Germania. The mystery, on the other hand, was a little thin, often giving way to the details of Falco's Imperial task, in which he goes from being a detective to being a spy for Vespasian. It's interesting enough, but I felt that Falco's mission--to discover the fate of a Roman officer who was given as tribute to a Germanic priestess--ended with an anticlimax. Even the turning point Helena and Falco reach in their relationship isn't as intense as it could be. (view spoiler) Overall, still good, if a little plodding.
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