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Mars the Avenger Mars the Avenger is an historical mystery set in the year 158 CE during the reign of Antoninus Pius a period often called the height of the Roman Empire It is also a daily life in ancient Rome and a sojourn into the world of Roman life criminal law police and courts Marcus Flavius Severus a judge in the court of the Prefect of the City of Rome investigates the disappearance of a senator's wife and the finding of the body of a murdered man thrown on the steps of the Temple of Mars the Avenger As the investigation unfolds the two cases become connected to a love affair seventeen years before in the Roman orient The investigation leads Judge Severus and his court and police aids through the City and the society of ancient Rome into a slave market wealthy villas taverns tenement apartment houses and the Circus Maximus There are also scenes in Roman courts and the book is accurate as to the criminal laws of the time including the use of judicial torture All laws rescripts and legal procedures are from Roman law sources The novel also introduces a perspicacious new detective in the person of Roman judge Marcus Flavius Severus I tried really hard to like this book Seriously I do enjoy a good detective story and a good central characterAnd as a follower of the books by Steven Saylor Gordianus the Finder is very cool this series about Judge Marcus Flavius Severus by Alan Scribner was recommended but I just couldn’t finish itIt was lacking in something I really couldn’t put my finger on to start with but by the time I put it down rolling my eyes I came to the conclusion that it was just addressed in far too modern terms for a story set in the Roman EmpireI kept seeing Columbo in a Toga and that wasn’t a particularly pretty image Mars the Avenger is a pleasant read even one with some heft to it in its ponderings on justice versus morality but I assign it only three stars The author never weaves a world that the reader feels sees hears and tastes I personally like to be immersed in a world not told about it On the first page an alarm sounded in me when the author speaks of the scent of a freshly scrubbed marble floor Marble has no scent so any scent would come from what it was scrubbed with The author didn’t mention what the scent was Although Running the Roman Home mentions only water used in washing marble floors and mentions no additives if he needed a scent he could have mint leaves or thyme in the water That would at least clue the reader as to what the sensory experience was The novel is modeled in the Sherlock Holmes fashion of mystery in which the climatic scene is the solving of the murder through the acumen of the detective He notices something others don’t As such the experience for the reader is an intellectual one not a visceral one That method of structuring a who done it is widely used But I am not overly fond of that formula It was a pleasant read but a bit thin in providing an experience for the reader And isn’t that what it’s all about? To experience other lives other worlds? Isn’t that why we take time from our lives to read fiction? While I enjoyed the book's plot the book suffers from some what wooden dialogue To my mind the dialogue seemed a bit too formal and it is hard to imagine real people actually talking that way Although the book is primary a mystery it provides a good background and a lot of nice speculation on Roman law and philosophy during the reign of the Good Emperors The protagonist Judge M Flavius Severus is a judge and an intellectual He thinks uite a bit about the relationship between ethical decisions and the law As happens in many stories in the Roman Mystery sub genere slaves are suspected of murder which could potentially lead to a death sentence for all slaves in the household Despite my concerns about the dialogue I liked the characters The story is not just built around the detection of the main character; the third person narrator shows us the actions of Severus and all of his associates The contrast in characters is uite interesting I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see how the author develops Well plotted and executed book Satisfying readPlot is tight The author an attorney presents the reader with a number of ethical and philosophical uestions along with the mystery Characters are likable 25 3 stars for storyline 2 stars for the writing The writing was very bland for the most part and included some sentences so bad they made me laugh eg He embraced her and they exchanged lustful smiles and began running their hands all over each other on the way out Particularly at the start the way he gave information about ancient Rome was far too info drop ish and could have done with being written organically I bought this as a kindle ebook for around a dollar and at that price I would try the second to see if the writing improves Otherwise not going to bother Rough justiceWhile I understand the reasoning that sorted the guilt I can't justify the horrifying deaths of the slaves Thankfully I don't have to make those decisions This series is fun It is set in ancient Rome and it is really interesting to travel around at that time Interesting novel with this detective a judge in the Roman court system aided by his support staff and two officers of the court a centurion and a tesserarius The wife of a senator disappears and a man's dead body is discovered on the steps of the temple to Mars the Avenger The judge Marcus Flavius Severus is tasked with solving the mystery by the Urban Prefect As the novel progresses it grows and complicated stretching from the senator's villa to the slums of the Subura An amulet with a strange engraving of a ueen and a fisherman and a wax tablet with the same drawing tie the senator's wife and the dead man together Judge Severus sends his staff on legwork and we learn a lot about Roman law of that period that of Antoninus Pius in the 2nd century AD Severus does face a moral dilemma when it comes to naming the culprit or culprits and is torn between two possible solutions In several places in the novel he sets down his reflections To Himself anticipating Marcus Aurelius' MEDITATIONS by a few years We also see his domestic life and familyThis was a promising beginning to a new series to me at least I learned a lot about the law and court system; the author is a former Assistant District Attorney in NY County and criminal lawyer with a keen interest in ancient Rome So I imagine that is pretty accurate In the last few pages though Severus mentions he got an award from the emperor The Privileges of the Father of Three Children; there was no mention of a third child or even a pregnancy and childbirth; in this book he and his wife only had a son and a daughter Did I miss something? I couldn't imaging Artemisia Severus' wife schlepping herself to the chariot races heavily pregnant I did like the last few paragraphs; Severus in remorse over the judicial decision finally reached and its gruesome outcome really did something extremely admirable for his slave secretary Alexander A legal procedural and ethical drama in Rome A short novel an easy read yet it still provides a good sense of place and time

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