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‘The second fall of Rome?’
Aurelia Mitela, ex-Praetorian and imperial councillor, scoffs at her intelligence chief when he throws a red file on her desk.

Roma Nova has survived since the collapse of the ancient Roman Empire thanks to strong female leadership. Now in the 1980s, its ruler is afraid to rule, old laws
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published February 2019 by Pulcheria Press (first published April 12th 2016)
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Jon Abbott
I'm a fan of the series, which should be read in order. While it is a good work of historical fiction, it has one drawback that the others did not: a cliff-hanger! (loss of a star) If I were you, I'd wait until the next book is published. That said, the series is fully good enough that I will purchase it.

The heroine (Aurelia) is an older woman, with a barely adult daughter. There are few action heroines (and she does know how to use a weapon) in fiction; few action heroines with children. Both a
David Baird
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When we left Aurelia a lot had happened to her and I wondered how easy it would be for her to pick up the pieces.. well now we know. Some time has passed since the events with Caius Tellus and Aurelia has settled down to her role in Roma Nova well. She’s enjoying life albeit a stressful one, a daughter who is coming of age and a partner who yearns to be free of life’s constraints. She juggles this life and work balance well until she finds out Caius is due to be released!

Caius quickly worms his
Rosie Amber
Insurrectio by Alison Morton is book #5 in the Roma Nova series. I have read several other books in the series so, recognised many of the characters and the setting straight away. Fictional Roma Nova is this author’s vision of how the Roman Empire might have survived and how it fits into today’s modern Europe. Each book has a little background to the series, explaining how a few Roman families escaped the fall of the empire and made their way to an alpine enclave in Europe. Here they continued t ...more
Paul Bennett
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
full review is percolating :-)

I think that one day I am going to have to compile my list of favorite, fictional, evil people. When I do that Alison Morton's Caius Tellus will certainly be on that list. Insurrectio is a taut drama centering on Tellus' political ambitions...ambitions that could undo centuries of a stable form of government and supplant it with Tellus as a tyrant. Caught in the crosshairs of his ambition is Aurelia Mitela and hoo-boy does he ever hold a grudge. The story is full of
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Oh my god, YES. I've really enjoyed the series so far, and book 4 was good, but this, right here, is where things get real. It was clear in book 4 that Caius was going to be a pain in the ass to Aurelia down the road and well... he certainly does so in a huge way. Remember in the Carina Mitela books where the past of Nova Roma was mentioned as well as the upheaval? These tantalizing hints were a foreshadowing of what was to happen in this book, and hot damn.

Much as I liked the Carina books, I re
Angelica Bentley
The fifth book in Alison Morton's Roma Nova saga, and the second part of the Aurelia prequel. If you have already had the pleasure of losing yourself in the alternate reality world of Roma Nova, this grim but gripping new instalment will be electrifying, and it will answer most of those burning questions we all had while following Carina's adventures. But if this is your first taste of this amazing series, you are in for a treat. Get yourself a copy of AURELIA and start at the beginning. You can ...more
Antoine Vanner
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s always welcome to see and out-and out villain return in a new book and in her fifth Roman Nova novel, Insurrectio, Alison Morton brings back one of the most unpleasant scoundrels likely to be encountered anywhere. What makes the story so convincing – almost uncomfortably so – is that the loathsome Caius Tellus has had, and indeed has, so many counterparts in real life. “Convincing” is an adjective that has always applied to Ms. Morton’s alternate-universe creation of Roma Nova. The internal ...more
Marcel Bollmann
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book of the Roma Nova series and of Alison Morton, which I won in a Goodreads giveaway. I normally don't enter giveaways for books in the middle of a series, but in this case I simply overlooked the fact.

Insurrectio is the second part of a 3-book story arc and the 5th in the Roma Nova timeline, where a part of the ancient Roman culture survives to the present day in a small country where women rule and Roman Religion is ubiquitous. The book tells the story of Aurelia, an imperi
Those who have read the Carina books have seen references to the events of this novel. So I pretty much knew what would happen in a general way. Readers will wonder how a prequel in a thriller series can be suspenseful.

Believe me, nothing in the Carina books can prepare you for Insurrectio. This was a true catastrophe for Roma Nova as a society and for Aurelia as an individual. I realized that the endangerment to the matriarchy in Perfiditas was less severe precisely because of the calamity th
Cathy Helms
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have ever wondered what the world might have been like had the Ancient Roman Empire’s military force and values survived into our modern world, INSURRECTIO is the book for you. Ms. Morton’s acute attention to detail with military and state police practices makes this book completely plausible – I believed every word as if Roma Nova was indeed real. The brutality and utter ruthlessness of a calculated government takeover is the theme of this book told in vivid detail through the eyes of Au ...more
Juliet Smith
Never have I wanted to kill a fictional character as much as I wanted to kill Caius Tellus, a man who might as well be a Hitler Expy. The story was fast paced and dark. I really felt for both Aurelia and her daughter Marina. We get to see some familiar faces, ie. Conrad, and the future imperatrix.
Elizabeth Ducie
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The back story to the modern day Roma Nova books continues with this one, set in the 1980s and even though we know what's going to happen ultimately, that doesn't spoil the suspense. Aurelia continues to battle with her deadliest enemy. Some of the echoes of 21st Century Europe were chilling. Another great read; I'm looking forward eagerly to Book 6. ...more
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The fifth book, and the second in the second trilogy, in the Roma Nova alternative reality action/thriller series.

The book is set at the beginning of 1980s. Roma Nova was founded by refugees from Roman Empire and has thrived during the centuries. However, it’s not a democracy. Power is in the hands of the heads of the twelve families, all women, and the imperatrix who is always a woman.

Aurelia Mitela is in her forties and at the height of her career. She’s the foreign minister and the head of th
Andrea Stoeckel
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Sometimes we have to do undignified or dishonorable things for the best reasons. We can only make the choices available to us at the time.”

Aurilea Mitela: imperial councilor in Roma Nova, last province of the old Roman Empire, is frustrated at the ruler who is afraid to govern, and the rest of the ruling families for not stepping up to help, as if she was the only one who promised guidance. These cracks in the centuries old government allow for the inevitable overthrow as the bureaucracy is rep
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic read my only wish is that I’d read the Aurelia series first as there are some spoilers if you read carinas story arc before Aurelias - having said that I’m such a Roma nova fan I don’t care and I’m enjoying getting the details of events from a different viewpoint. These books are smart, sassy and full of action and I am a huge fan of them :) 5*from me
Pam Keevil
Mar 22, 2021 rated it liked it
A fascinating idea and well thought out concept of Ancient Rome alive and well in Europe. The pace of the plot cracks along but it wasn't for me as there were too many incidents following one from another and I really wanted more scene setting and world building. ...more
Julia Ibbotson
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodness, what a roller coaster ride Alison Morton has given us in the 5th of the Roma Nova series! I very much enjoyed this book: authoritatively written and exciting. Well recommended.
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Alison Morton writes award-winning thrillers featuring tough, but compassionate heroines. She blends her deep love of France and Ancient Rome with six years’ military service and a life of reading crime, historical, adventure and thriller fiction.

"Grips like a vice - a writer to watch out for" says crime thriller writer Adrian Magson about Roma Nova series starter INCEPTIO. All six full-length Ro

Other books in the series

Roma Nova (7 books)
  • Inceptio (Roma Nova #1)
  • Perfiditas (Roma Nova #2)
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