Semper Fidelis by Ruth Downie
A Novel of the Roman Empire (Medicus)

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When Ruso rejoins his unit in the remote outpost of the Roman Empire known as Britannia, he finds that all is not well with the Twentieth Legion. As they keep a suspicious eye on the barbarians to the north, the legionaries appear to have found trouble even closer to home—among the native recruits to Britannia’s imperial army.

A young soldier has jumped off a roof, killing himself. Why? Mysterious injuries, and even deaths, begin to pile up in Ruso’s medical ledgers, and it soon becomes clear that this suicide is not an isolated incident. Can the men really be under a curse? And what has this to do with the much-decorated Centurion Geminus?

Bound by his sense of duty and compelled by his ill-advised curiosity, Ruso begins to ask questions nobody wants to hear. Meanwhile his barbarian wife, Tilla, starts to find out some of the answers—and is marked as a security risk by the very officers Ruso is interrogating.

With Hadrian’s visit looming large, the fates of the legion, Tilla, and Ruso himself hang in the balance.
 

About Ruth Downie

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Ruth Downie is the author of the New York Times bestselling Medicus, as well as Terra Incognita, Persona Non Grata, and Caveat Emptor. She is married with two sons and lives in Devon, England.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA. 348 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The subtitle of this novel is important--"A Novel of the Roman Empire"--lest we think it's about the Marine Corps.

Dec 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Semper Fidelis: A Novel of th...

Gaius Petreius Ruso, physician to the Twentieth Legion, and his British wife, Tilla, travel north to Eboracum in advance of Hadrian's first visit to Britain in Downie's (Caveat Emptor) latest. As usual, Ruso's honesty and sense of honor have him up to his neck in trouble as he uncovers crimes and...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Semper Fidelis: A Novel of th...

Gaius Petreius Ruso, physician to the Twentieth Legion, and his British wife, Tilla, travel north to Eboracum in advance of Hadrian's first visit to Britain in Downie's (Caveat Emptor) latest. As usual, Ruso's honesty and sense of honor have him up to his neck in trouble as he uncovers crimes and...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Semper Fidelis: A Novel of th...

In Downie's fifth novel (after Caveat Emptor) to feature Gaius Petreius Ruso, the Roman doctor and his wife travel from one camp to another as part of the Twentieth Legion serving in Britannia. Accidents and fatal injuries haunt the new native recruits as they settle in with their Roman counterpa...

Dec 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Semper Fidelis: A Novel of th...

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