SPQR XII by John Maddox Roberts
Oracle of the Dead

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Decius Caecilius Metellus, this year's magistrate for cases involving foreigners, is living the good life in southern Italy, happy to be away from Rome, a city suffering war jitters over Caesar's impending actions. He thinks he is merely visiting one of the local sights when he takes a party to visit the Oracle of the Dead, a pre-Roman cult site located at the end of a tunnel dug beneath a temple of Apollo. He quickly learns that there is a bitter rivalry between the priests of Apollo and those of Hecate, who guard the oracle.

When the priests of Apollo are all killed, the countryside looks to explode in violence as Greeks, Romans and native Italians of several conquered nations bring out old enmities. Decius is caught squarely in the middle, desperate to find a way out that will pacify the district and, incidentally, save his own skin.

This riveting series began with the Edgar Award-nominated SPQR and has gone on to international success in 13 languages.


About John Maddox Roberts

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John Maddox Robert has written numerous works of science fiction and fantasy, in addition to his successful historical SPQR mystery series. His latest book in the series, SPQR VI: Nobody Loves a Centurion, will be published later this year. He lives in New Mexico with his wife.
Published December 9, 2008 by Minotaur Books. 240 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Decius doesn't take the petty sniping between two groups of priests seriously...until there's a mass murder.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of SPQR XII: Oracle of the Dead

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Civil war looms between the forces of Julius Caesar and Pompey, providing an ominous background for Roberts's compelling 12th Roman historical to feature Decius Caecilius Metellus (after 2007&

Oct 13 2008 | Read Full Review of SPQR XII: Oracle of the Dead

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