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2.0 out of 5 stars A weak attempt to tell a Roman Empire Adventure, March 23 2004
This review is from: Tribune (Mass Market Paperback)
'The Tribune' is a weak attempt to tell a story of suspense, mystery, murder and political intrigues with the Roman Empire as a background. Some people - even some critics - commented that this book made for the Roman Empire what 'The Name of The Rose', written by Umberto Eco, made for the Medieval Age. That's really an absurd consideration. In fact, 'The Tribune' is one of these books which offered to its readers a compelling start but by and by the story misses the point and you really feel that the author loses his pace and objective along the way. The plot is developed with a peasant and unsatisfactory twists and turns and, in the end, the outcome proves that Mr. Larkin doesn't know what to do with his own premises. Anyway, if you're not a very critical reader, maybe you can find some amusement with this book. But if you really want to read a good ficcional account of the Roman Empire or some other great Ancient Civilization, I recommend you to take a look at 'The First Man in Rome' by Cullen McCullough or 'Gates of Fire' by Steven Pressfield. Compared with this two titles, I'm sorry to say that 'The Tribune' is just an ordinary stuff.
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