The Iron Hand of Mars: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery

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In a novel set in ancient Rome, Marcus Didius Falco goes on an undercover mission into Roman Germany to deal with an uncivil Batavian rebel chieftain

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In A.D. 71, the Emperor Vespasian sends his reluctant agent Marcus Didius Falco to Germany to bring a rebel chieftain into line and to find a missing legate whose battle-worn legion had surrendered him to a druidic sorceress. In his fourth appearance, after Venus in Copper , the worldly-wise, ever - entertaining Falco journeys up the river Rhenus, encountering hardships and danger, including murder, and resolving puzzles of politics and commerce. In Roman Germany, Falco's military experience in Gaul and his knowledge of historic Gallic battles will help him deal with fort intrigues and the mysterious ways of the forest tribes. His travails in Upper Germany are as much physical as cerebral; indeed, he saves his company from a wild aurochs in a last-ditch leap that recalls ancient Greek bull-dancing practices. Accompanied in part by his lover, the high-born Helena Justina (who has caught the eye of Vespasian's son Titus), and aided by her brother Camillus Justinus, an untried but courageous young officer, Falco stays alive, accomplishes the Emperor's mission and holds on to his girl--feats as accomplished as Davis's seamless blending of humor, history and adventure.
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Tacitus' ``year of four emperors''--A.D. 71. Deep in war-torn Germany, Julius Civilis, chief of the rebel Batavians, has overrun the imperial fort at Vetera, slaughtered its defenders, and delivered commanding legate Munius Lupercus into the unspeakable clutches of the priestess Veleda. Picking up Munius' trail, investigating Veleda, and repatriating Julius Civilis--all is clearly a job for Vespasian's informer Marcus Didius Falco (Venus in Copper, etc.), especially since Titus, the emperor's son, has his eye on Falco's patrician girlfriend Helena Justina and would love to have her lover out of the way. All aboard, then, for druidical rites, human sacrifice, savage attacks, and some great scenery. More adventure than mystery this time, with an unmemorable supporting cast and the local color from Falco's latest travelogue overshadowing his ripe backchat--though some readers may like Falco best when he's most subdued. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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