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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  112 reviews
New York, present day, alternate reality. Karen Brown, angry and frightened after a kidnap attempt, has a choice - being eliminated by government enforcer Jeffery Renschman or fleeing to mysterious Roma Nova, her dead mother's homeland in Europe.

Founded sixteen centuries ago by Roman exiles and ruled by women, Roma Nova gives Karen safety, at a price, and a ready-made fami
Paperback, 316 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Silverwood Books (first published February 27th 2013)
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Paul Bennett
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it

Once again I have wandered off the ancient Roman historical fiction reservation although in this multifaceted tale there is an element of alternate history in regards to The Roman Empire. Before the collapse of the Western Empire and the Ottoman victory in the East, a group of Romans comprising twelve of the oldest families leave Rome and setup a new country in the region between Italy and Austria, Roma-Nova and it has survived into the 21st century.

Karen/Carina/Cara/Pulcheria is living an unass
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book. I'd say my favourite thing about it is Karen Brown's evolution into Carina Mitela. We see the naïve Karen transform into the no-nonsense, tough and capable Carina. The character growth from start to end of the book was excellently written. I'm looking forward to reading more of Carina's adventures.Furthermore, the concept of a modern day Rome run by women is an intriguing. I take my hat off to Alison Morton for coming up with the idea. Carina Mitela jumps up to favou ...more
Helen Hollick
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've had this on my Kindle for quite a while - just needed time to read it. And what a read! Forget finding time - everything else took second place - I loved this book! It is well written, fast-paced, absorbing and intriguing. The characters are believable - and the plot and setting equally so, even though belief of reality must be entirely suspended.

What I found most thrilling was that this is not a run-of-the-mill thriller, nor is it historical fiction, but the idea of combining an alternativ
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
So different from everything I’ve read so far. Truly, truly unique)**

Wow, what a story!
I don’t think I have enough good words to fully express how special this book is—at least, not yet. It’s not only spectacular—for me—because it’s part of my first ever Blog Tour, but it is so mainly due to how different and fresh and original it truly is when compared to most of the books I’ve been reading lately. I have never read anything like Inceptio before. The way Morton developed the story with somethi
Debbie Young
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"The boy lay in the dirt in the centre of New York's Kew Park..."

A great opening line, to make the reader do an instant double-take, on a par with the one caused by the clock striking thirteen in George Orwell's "1984". Kew Park, as in London's Kew Gardens, not Central Park? - how did that happen? I was immediately drawn in to this intriguing alternative history scenario.

And what a premise it was! - that ancient Roman society and culture was not extinguished with the fall of the Roman Empire but
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Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, fast moving, unique and well thought through.. I read it in 3 days and I was away part of this time. A first novel but the start of a promising series. I was unsure what to expect but the description attracted me:I was not disappointed. Give it a go! So when is the next one coming out!
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tough, articulate and determined; human, bewildered and sometimes anxious; Carina Mitelia is a present day hero in an alternative setting. Creating a slightly different world is one thing, staying very firmly this side of fantasy is another achievement. As Karen Brown becomes Carina Mitela, she slips from being advertising executive and volunteer park ranger into a fighter who must survive in her new role, new identity and new country. Full of physical action and subtle cultural hints, this is a ...more
Elizabeth Ducie
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book set in the fictitious country of Roma Nova, located in a semi-mountainous region north of modern-day Italy. Although the story is set in the present, it has its roots in the fourth century AD, when all pagan religions were banned by the Emperor Theodosius. A small group of pagans fled Rome and set up this Matriarchal colony which has propsered and strengthened over the centuries. It is resource-rich, technologically advanced and fiercely protective of its independence.

Rob Griffith
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inceptio is an inventive, gripping thriller with vividly drawn and engaging characters. It's my first foray into alternative history and I chose it because I've often thought 'what if Rome didn't fall'.

The first thing that I loved about the book was that Alison didn't go down the obvious route of Rome having maintained a global empire but chose instead to have it surviving as a small enclave in the mountains of Europe, but one that still had a profound influence on world events as the real and
Angelica Bentley
A truly gripping story with all the elements of a modern classic saga. The action is narrated by Karen Brown, the protagonist, a device which always provides tension and immediacy. Stuck in a dull job with a small advertising agency, Karen's main pleasure is spending her free time in New York's Kew Park where she volunteers as park attendant. Stopping an assault on an old man by three drugged-up youths, she punches the leader, who turns out to be the son of the second most powerful man in the co ...more
Jim Dee
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book. A girl from the eastern US is forced to relocate to Roma Nova, a modern day matriarchy based on the Roman Empire. The characterization is excellent; we end up with protagonists that we care about, a love story that keeps us intrigued, and enough heart stopping action to make Ian Fleming jealous! The sociological and historical commentary i# also fascinating. I couldn’t put this down, and I immediately downloaded the rest of the series along with every book I could fin ...more
Jo Barton
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In present day New York, Karen Brown’s daily life is starting to unravel. When inexplicable events shake the very foundations of her world, she at first disbelieves what is happening around her. However, after a failed kidnap attempt, Karen is advised to flee to her dead mother’s homeland, but even as the mysterious Roma Nova offers a sanctuary, it also opens more questions than answers. The action is fast and furious, and soon Karen finds that she is drawn into a dangerous set of circumstances, ...more
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My number one genre is historical novels and the Roman period in particular; and this book is fabulous! When I read that Alison's novel is described as a What if?" book and a time slip one too, I was immediately interested. The "What if?" concept fascinates me. I was absorbed from the opening line and the very first page. I almost always have about five books all on the go, but when I began this one I never stopped until I finished the last page; and I wished there had been more. Alison has writ ...more
Dale Amidei
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great novel is the story of a worthy character. So it is from the beginning of "Inceptio." You will meet Karen Brown and begin to watch her transformation into her natural self. An identity is revealed of which, at the onset, she knows nothing. The revelation arrives accompanied by a deadly danger.

Alison Morton's launch of her alternate history series will immerse you in an intriguing realm. The matrilineal state of Roma Nova draws the reader into its divergence built through Morton's excellen
David Ebsworth
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I grew up with alternative history but, in my case, it was the novels of Michael Moorcock that grabbed my attention. He had a real knack for creating heroes and heroines that were conflicted but always clearly "the good guys", with antagonists who were similarly complex but always the very embodiment of evil. Alsion Morton's writing style may be very different from Moorcock's but she has the same knack. Her novel INCEPTIO pits tough Karen Brown against a creepily cruel Renschman, set against the ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not really one for thrillers but I fell for this one completely! the world of Roma Nova is compelling and deep, and the plot takes so many interesting twists and turns. you really care about the characters and their lives. the only thing I can think of that felt lacking was the descriptions of food! almost every time they eat its glossed over, but I know that's a personal preoccupation. still I wonder if Roma Novans are eating garum, what sort of dishes the personal chefs present to them. th ...more
Kathryn Guare
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was the first time I’ve read any contemporary novels in the “alternative history” genre and it went way beyond my expectations. The book is an excellent read – a well-paced combination of crime thriller, espionage and romance. For me, the most pleasant surprise was that instead of giving us another gloomy vision of a nightmarish dystopia, the author has created a world that feels like a close cousin to our own history, with both its glories and problems. The “Eastern United States” looks pr ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent debut novel from Alison Morton. Alternate History is a difficult genre to get right but this is bang on the money; Roma Nova is a brilliant creation, well thought out and well realised on the page - I found myself wishing it really existed, it would be such a great place to visit.

The story itself is pacey with some nice twists and turns and the central characters have real personalities that keep you interested in them and the way they develop throughout the book. In particu
Lovell Grant
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review and this os what i thought.I absolutely loved this book!it was thrilling and unique,very special.I like that doesn't sits one genre but fans across a couple or more. Fantastic read!
Ok. This book was just plain fun. It's a zippy read with suspense, romance, and ass-kicking. I like how Karen is pretty average at first, but after the big bad gets to her, she refuses to play victim. When life throws her curve balls, she steps up to the plate and hits back hard.
Jon Abbott
Awesome. What would the world be like now if a little slice of the Roman Empire survived about where Switzerland is now, and it was and always had been run as a matriarchy? Did I say awesome?
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A must-read for fans of Manda Scott and Kate Mosse” – Lisa Redmond, Madwoman in the Attic blog
INCEPTIO plunges you into a 21st century Roman world. Apart from kidnapping, heartache and a close encounter with Latin grammar, New Yorker Karen Brown must contend with a fascinating, but arrogant, Praetorian special forces officer.
And a crazy killer wants to terminate her for a very personal reason.

Karen flees to her dead mother’s homeland, Roma Nova, the last remnant of the Roman Empire. Founded six
I received Inceptio for free from the author through Instafreebie which doesn't require downloaders to review free books. The premise sounded fascinating, but it took me a while to get to Inceptio due to review commitments.

We follow the story of a young woman whose mother was a Roma Novan. She was born in the alternate version of the US. As the novel opens she is introduced to us as Karen Brown, but events rapidly change her sense of identity. I admired Karen for her adaptability, resourcefulne
A.A. Abbott
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Inceptio" took me by surprise and had me hooked from the first page. I don't usually read alt-history fiction, but the story started like an ordinary thriller. Karen Brown, a twenty-something New Yorker, loses her voluntary work in the local park when she throws out a druggie who happens to be a politician's son. She shrugs off her disappointment and prepares for a date with a sexy foreigner she's met at work.

Suddenly, the tension and the strangeness of the situation a
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are very few Authors who can take something from the Past and creat something wholly new, something engaging and fun that has you wanting to turn the pages, using previous situations in a way that not only makes you wish to visit, but leaves you feeling as though you already have. And yet, that is precisely what this Author has managed.

I really did enjoy reading this, it had me engaged and wondering what would happen next with each new page. I enjoyed following Karen/Cara etc through this
Angela Rigley
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story I couldn't put down. Karen/Carina is such a tough cookie, more than I could ever imagine myself to be. Not my usual genre, I really enjoyed it.
Paula Lofting
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Karen Brown has been living out her life as a normal young working woman in New York until a sequence of mysterious events turn her life into what can only be compared to a spy thriller. Slowly, the jigsaw of her life is revealed to her and she struggles to make the pieces fit the whole picture; but before Karen can accomplish this, she is suddenly thrust, without any warning, into a whole new dimension of reality – one she had not had any time to prepare for. Learning the secrets of her family, ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Alison Morton's INCEPTIO. The only reason I'm giving it four stars is because I'm expecting even better things of the later books in her series and I'm keeping five stars in reserve.

I bought the paperback edition of INCEPTIO. Its font is highly legible and the paper and binding of very good quality. The chapters are headed in Roman Numerals (what else?) and there are a lot of them because Alison has written a fast-paced, page-turner thriller. The brevity of most chapters keeps the narr
S.J.A. Turney
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Inceptio. I’d heard of it, seen the rather handsome cover and actually met Alison briefly at a historical fiction do, and when I had a gap in my revue pile, I slotted it in for a read.

Firstly, let me say that I really enjoyed the book. It was engaging and fasincating, thrilling in places and beautifully described. The characters were quite realistic and empathic.

So what is it like, given my aforementioned lack of expectations? Well, I’d say few readers
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Alison Morton writes the award-winning Roma Nova thriller series – "intelligent adventure thrillers with heart.". She blends her deep love of Roman history with six years’ military service and a life of reading crime, adventure and thriller fiction. On the way, she collected an MA History.

The mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) and their creation by the complex, power and value-driven Roman civilisation m

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Roma Nova (7 books)
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