The Cyclops Case

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The Cyclops Case

The Cyclops Case Judge Severus returns in The Cyclops Case The year is now CE three years after the events in the highly acclaimed and best selling historical mystery Mars the Avenger The philosopher emperor Marc

  • Title: The Cyclops Case
  • Author: Alan Scribner
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Judge Severus returns in The Cyclops Case The year is now 161 CE, three years after the events in the highly acclaimed and best selling historical mystery Mars the Avenger The philosopher emperor Marcus Aurelius has been emperor for only a few months and Persia has invaded the Roman Empire Marcus Flavius Severus, Judge in the Court of the Urban Prefect in the City oJudge Severus returns in The Cyclops Case The year is now 161 CE, three years after the events in the highly acclaimed and best selling historical mystery Mars the Avenger The philosopher emperor Marcus Aurelius has been emperor for only a few months and Persia has invaded the Roman Empire Marcus Flavius Severus, Judge in the Court of the Urban Prefect in the City of Rome is on vacation at the Bay of Naples with his family This is the ancient Roman riviera, the Crater, famous for combining rampant pleasure seeking and high culture with license and corruption There, one night on the beach, the notorious General Cyclops, who is slated for recall to the army, has been stabbed through his good eye Severus is assigned by the authorities in Rome to investigate The Cyclops case launches Severus into a web of murder, robbery and counterfeiting, ranging in time from the Second Jewish Revolt 30 years in the past to Severus present It also puts him in the middle of an espionage duel involving the Roman and Persian secret services and leads to a series of killings which, like General Cyclops , are reminiscent of scenes out of Homer s Odyssey Ironically, solving a murder leads to murders to solve As in Mars the Avenger , The Cyclops Case is both a mystery and a daily life of ancient Rome, a sojourn into the world of Roman life and courts, police and criminal law The investigation takes Severus and his aides into the society of Romans at their leisure Scenes are set, among other places, in wealthy summer villas, a gambling hall and a brothel at the Crater to a bookstore, tenement apartment house and secret service headquarters in Rome There are also scenes in Roman courts and the book is accurate as to the criminal laws of the time All laws, rescripts and legal procedures are derived from Roman law sources, which are extensive for the 2nd Century CE.

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    1. Elisabeth on said:

      A good Roman mystery I enjoyed the mystery. And I definitely will read the next one. The characterizations were realistic and the touch of Roman history was interesting and not overbearing. But. I'm not sure why I have a but, I just do. So it's quite possible it's just personal taste. As I said, I enjoyed the book all the way through and intend to read the next one. If you like Roman mysteries, this is definitely one you ought to try. Even if it doesn't end up at the top of your list, it's a ple [...]

    2. Joe on said:

      The descriptions of the setting, the laws, customs, and the literature of the time are better than the mystery story, which I found to be too convoluted to follow.

    3. Nancy McLaughlin on said:

      Great mysteryThis one really was a puzzle until the very end. Well written, with believable characters. Offers a peek into Roman life in a realistic & believable !manner.

    4. Shane on said:

      "The Cyclops Case" was a light, enjoyable historical mystery.Judge Severus is a solid protagonist, and the mystery was reasonably well-conceived and executed, although not overtly complex. The murderer reveal was clever although not shocking.I most enjoyed the scenes of daily life, especially the descriptions of ancient Roman gambling.Scribner does rely too much on the info dump, and it stands out, especially in dialogue. A character will say something like, "The curiosi--that's our spy network, [...]

    5. Jack on said:

      The second novel of Judge Marcus Flavius Severus in ancient Rome @ 161 AD is called “The Cyclops Case”.I really, really liked the plot in this book. The mystery was great. The author Alan Scribner brought in a great deal of history to flesh out the bad guys: what they did; how they did it; what happened in years after the event. Very well done.Another good point - the judge questions his own actions. Should he have done this or done that given what the consequences eventually were?However - [...]

    6. George on said:

      2nd in the Roman judge Marcus Flavious Severus mystery set in 161 CE in a Roman resort city on the Bay of Naples where the judge is supposed to be vacationing with his family. He is assigned the case of discovering who murdered a retired Roman general known as "The Cyclops" because he had lost an eye. Soon there are more murders similar to scenes from Homer's The Odyssey. The judge becomes involved in local politics as well as national politics as a new war has broken out between Rome and Persia [...]

    7. Joanne Fish on said:

      The Flopped CaseIt was too boring to hold my attention. Actually it took me a month to read it and in depression I just went to the epilogue. The main character wasn't interesting, rather flat monotone personality. The first chapters started off well enough but the story became long and drawn out. I'm an avid reader of ancient Roman mysteries. Saylor, Davis, both had good characters, you became involved with the family along with the ongoing mystery. I just couldn't bond with the cheaters here. [...]

    8. Argum on said:

      Interesting look at Roman vacation. Better development of characters, but still a little shallow. Mystery itself was interesting. I was shocked at the reveal. I had all the pieces in place but with the wrong killer.

    9. Cecilia on said:

      An intriguing mystery, but I love the details of every day Roman life.

    10. Rob Solomon on said:

      Short book, well crafted mystery with clues but the ending seems hard ( for me at least ) to predict.

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