The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Our hero, Marcus Didio Falco, is sent to Germany by the Emperor on a special mission, but not before the Emperor’s son exhibits signs of having designs on Falco’s noble girlfriend. She disappears prior to his departure adding a level of concern to Falco’s travels into an unfriendly land that still harbours those who would like to rebel against the power of Rome and recover their freedom.
Such is the setting for this edition in the ongoing adventures of Falco and the characters that surround him. Over the course of the novel, Falco manages to succeed in his mission – more or less – and address his own continuing personal issues, all while staying alive in hostile territory and confronting some of the dark history of Rome’s military past.
Davis continues to impress me as an author in the phalanx of historical mysteries. She has a firm grasp of the historical reality in which her novels are set, which is matched with a wonderful narrative style that draws the reader in and holds their attention from beginning to end. Though I am a latecomer to this series, I am very much a convert and fan.
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