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The Nero Prediction

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  29 reviews
It is a time when Rome rules the world and astrologers rule Rome with their eerie doctrine that is part astronomy, part superstition and all powerful. It is 48 AD and the Romans are searching the Museum of Alexandria for a sixteen-year-old who, according to court astrologers, is destined to play a fateful role in the future of the empire. Tigellinus, handsome and ruthless, ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published April 17th 2017 by Sulby Hall Publishers (first published October 1st 2005)
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Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't going to appeal to everybody, but for me it is a deep dive into Roman culture that immerses the reader completely in how the Romans thought and operated. Even as a novel, I learned quite a bit about actual Roman history during the time of Nero. This story of a slave who rises to be close to Nero is engaging, filled with peril, and has all the political intrigue and torture that one could ask for. I found Nero to be actually likable until his need to deal with his enemies makes hi ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Knipe has done the technical research well; by use of the astrological techniques of the day he has worked out what precisely Nero and his contemporaries would have been concerned about, while making it clear (through Epaphroditus, the narrator) that he doesn't believe a word of it himself. I'm particularly interested, because of my own long-ago researches around Eleanor of Aquitaine, that Knipe believes two horoscopes provided by the second- ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Youthful slave Epaphroditus, unwilling forger, is co-opted from the Alexandria Museum by Agrippina, mother of Nero, and used to further her plans to rule the Roman Empire. After the horrible things Epaphroditus was forced to do for Agrippina, belonging to Nero is a great relief. He becomes Nero's greatest admirer and supporter.

Knipe's Nero is an idealist who intends to conquer the world by music instead of war - an unstable idealist, with major depressions and manic phases, but kindly by nature.
Kara Prem
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well done historical fiction set in the lifetime of Nero. Epaphroditus is a slave in Alexandria, but he is purchased by a schemer and sent to work for Agrippina the Younger, who is soon to become the wife of Claudius. She is the mother of Nero, and she believes that Epaphroditus will help Nero to achieve greatness, based on his zodiac. The book follows from Agrippina's marriage to Claudius, through her "suicide" at the order of Nero and on to Nero's death - Epaphroditus assisted Nero's suicide ...more
Jennie Rosenblum
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The complications of the various subplots and the multitude of characters kept the pace moving along quickly. You can tell that there has been a lot of research done for this book. Nero was an unknown to me - besides the fiddling while Rome burned - so I did like jumping into his really messed up family.
Karunakaran N.
The Nero Prediction by Humphry Knipe... A great read to start the year with. Very detailed account of Nero and his belief in astrology till the end of his life though fictional, Epaphroditus the slave turned as noble man the shield of Nero becomes the murderer. The belief in stars brings the most relished emperor of his times to a cruel death. Great Read.
Barbara J Wicks
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long but very interesting

At first it's hard to remember who is who. As you read, they all come to life. Knowing that it is based on facts, it seems to fill in what might have happened.
Bethany Stachowiak
Interesting concept

And indeed, a beautiful finish. An elementary mistake between Odysseus and Oedipus makes one passage slightly less effective. Mr. Knipe finishes strong after wavering.
Amy Sherman
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting

I found this story absorbing, even though the character names were sometimes confusing. Overall, I liked the historical focus of Rome and Nero's reign and the engaging twists and turns of the era.
Cheryl L. Massena
The Real Nero?

I found this to be a well- written piece about Nero and his history. The offspring of Julius Caesar were certainly blood thirsty killing mothers, fathers and children. And Nero? Would he not have been better off just being a musician?
Patricia L Fletcher
A great book.

This book brings ancient Rome to life. It is full of horoscopes, intrigue and debauchery. What else would you need?
Thomas Boyd
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. It got a teensy bit turgid from time to time, but overall it captured the era and the settings vividly and convincingly.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Lots of history.
Very interesting.
The author kept the pages moving.
It even describes elements of Religion.
Clearly an enjoyable read.

Robert Lewter
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A super read about the life and times of Nero. A page turner for sure. I highly recommend that you read this book. It's full of intrigue, debauchery, chicanery, and astrology.
Payal Sinha
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Nero Prediction is historical fiction at its best. The book states a story in a period of time in ancient Rome and Greek and makes the world come real before us with its vivid imageries and descriptions. The book is obviously a piece of fiction, but so well written that it appears to be true. Hence, we get to study the ancient world in an interesting manner. There are many things about Rome and Greek which I had not known earlier probably because I did not take the time to research them. How ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is historical fiction, so if you are familiar with the genre, you know basically what to expect. Nero Prediction delivers on all fronts when it comes to expectations, but also intrigued me with subject matter I didn't came across often in any type of fiction, and that is astrology. Astrology is a crucial element of the story here, the author shows how important it was in ancient Rome and how many things revolved around it. Of course, most readers will already be familiar with Nero and his i ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that I’m a History lover and, particularly, Ancient History. When I read the summary of the book, I felt immediately intrigued and drawn into it. It did not disappoint me.
The Nero Prediction sheds a different light over the famous stories over Emperor Nero and his life. The author does a brilliant job with his descriptions of Roman everyday life, bringing the Empire, the city and the characters to life. It’s very interesting the perspective on the Astrology and the importa
Julius Blitzy
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting story, I really enjoyed reading!
In my opinion, it’s the great idea and unique writing. Thanks to the talented author Humphry Knipe for The Nero Prediction. The book contains a lot of events. Also, an interesting component is astrology, which I didn’t like before, but it was indescribably interesting to me to learn and read. Actions take place in ancient Rome, which gave this book an extra charm.
I liked the description of the characters and their interactions. I won’t tell the st
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s been awhile since I read a historical fiction novel that so expertly transported me into the halls that these characters walked through. A prediction is made about a boy who will be born at a specific time and place and who will be instrumental to the survival of the empire. Setting out to find this fated boy, the emperors man Tigellinus finds a librarian slave named Epaphroditus and promptly takes him to train and serve as Nero’s aide and confidant. The author certainly seemed to know abou ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have been away from historical novels for awhile and worried that my enthusiasm was influenced by my absence. I have decided not. This is really a good novel.

The writer did a great job with picking an interesting historical character. He followed that with a plausible life experience for the main character and demonstrated the experiences of daily life in the period. It was well done, as almost every historical fiction that I have read has been. It's hard work and doesn't reward shortcu
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: upwork
The Nero Prediction was an interesting historical fiction type take on the Roman empire around 40 AD. While I felt like the concept could of been interesting, I found there to be too many challenges as I read. The characters names were a mouth full. I had trouble thinking of how to even start pronouncing them, making a fluid reading experience challenging.

Another challenge is I felt the author was more interested in creative sentences than constructing the book as a whole. This was only made wor
Jimmy Jefferson
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Nero, historical fiction

This is a good historical fiction based on the life of Nero and his rise to the throne. The slave , epaphroditus, was chosen to help Nero is his rise and he stood by Nero through his entire life. The story takes a look at the rise of Nero through the sacrifice of his mother. As the fall of Rome began, Epaphroditus stood by and assisted Nero in his ultimate death. I found this book to be a good read and some fun historical descriptions of the time and lives o
Elaine Poppler
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is so much about Nero that was never taught when I went to school. He was pretty much glossed over with " Fiddling While Rome Burned" and that was about all that was taught. He was a Visionary and a man before his time.
This book brings to light, all of his musical achievements during his rhein. Interesting and wonderfully written.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 star

Not sure it is accurate to say I liked this, but although it was far darker than probably was good for my mood at present, I was unable to put it down much. Unsure of total accuracy but a credible and interesting read.
Rhona Crawford
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Really enjoyed it. Beautiful exploration of a historical figure through the eyes of a companion
Lindy Hoppr
Great roman fiction

Really neat rendition of the life of Nero, who isn't really a sympathetic hero, but if this book is a better retelling, then maybe he should be.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Humphry Knipe is a graduate of Rhodes University, South Africa. His first novel The Nero Prediction, a revolutionary re-evaluation of Rome’s most notorious emperor, won the 2006 Independent Publishers “Best Historical Novel” award.

His most recent publication is Napoleon's Rosebud an affectionate, fictionalized account of his great-great-grandaunt's affair w

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