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Imperium: From the Sunday Times bestselling author (Cicero Trilogy, 4)

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He brilliantly chooses Cicero's slave Tiro to be the narrator of the story, a man who was Cicero's right hand man but also created short-hand so that it seems plausible that so much detail could be put into the book when someone who was there could conceivably have recorded it all.

Robert Harris has been replaced by an alien doppelganger, probably the same alien who wrote Iron and Rust, pretending to be Harry Sidebottom. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. At the age of forty-two, the youngest age permitted to achieve the supreme imperium of the Roman consulship, the 'new man' has achieved his ultimate ambition.Así que me dije, estando como está la política que menos que ver cómo nació y cómo la practicaron los senadores romanos.

What is to follow is an intriguing and wonderful reconstruction of Cicero as a clever and devious individual, lawyer and orator, and this all told through the voice of Tiro, but it will show us also that the Roman world in this period of history is full with men longing for power and they will do everything they can to obtain it, be it by force, treachery, revenge and/or ultimately death. It holds those eyes and hearts of Roman sensibilities during change in the republic, both in its aristocrats, and in its plebs - incredibly well.My son, who has studied and enjoys Roman history described how he would not have enjoyed the book and the liberties Robert Harris has taken wit(the facts. Let me just say that since he was not born to an Aristocratic family, his climb through the ranks was not an easy one. In effect, the author has mixed known historical events with fragments of real speeches and extracts from letters to weave a compelling account of this time.

The book is divided into 2 parts with the first part paying attention to his early trials and ending with his election as Aedile of Rome, with the second part detailing his rise to Consul. The senator is Marcus Cicero—an ambitious young lawyer and spellbinding orator, who at the age of twenty-seven is determined to attain imperium—supreme power in the state.This is the tale of Cicero’s political machinations, as he juggles various parties, in a valiant but impossible task of keeping them all happy. Despite being set in antiquity it reads like a contemporary legal thriller such as you might expect from John Grisham, and the book really takes off.

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