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AD 65. Sebastos Pantera, spy to the Emperor Nero, has undertaken the most dangerous of missions. Hunting often alone, with few he can trust, he must find the most dangerous man in Rome's empire, and bring him to bloody justice.Against him is Saulos. Consumed by private enmities and false beliefs, Saulos is pledged to bring about the destruction of an entire Roman province.AD 65. Sebastos Pantera, spy to the Emperor Nero, has undertaken the most dangerous of missions. Hunting often alone, with few he can trust, he must find the most dangerous man in Rome's empire, and bring him to bloody justice.Against him is Saulos. Consumed by private enmities and false beliefs, Saulos is pledged to bring about the destruction of an entire Roman province. Brilliantly clever, utterly ruthless, he cares only for his vision of total victory - and not the death and devastation such a campaign would bring.Between them is the huntress Iksahra. Beautiful and deadly, feared by men, loved by the beasts she cares for, she must decide who to support if she is to avenge her father's death.Fought inside the palace of a royal city and within the rocky fastness of a desert fortress, this will be a conflict between two men who have everything to gain - and a kingdom to lose ......

Title : Rome: The Coming of the King
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ISBN : 9780593065426
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Number of Pages : 411 Pages
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Rome: The Coming of the King Reviews

  • Terri
    2019-04-23 20:11

    This is book Two in the fantastic historical fiction series Rome by M.C. Scott (aka Manda Scott). The first book in the series, Rome: The Emperor's Spy, went down as the best historical fiction I read in 2012 and I think this one may challenge for my favourite historical fiction of 2013. It certainly will be hard to beat.The series really started way back with the name Manda Scott (not M.C. Scott) and the book Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle. This was a series that could be classed as historical fantasy more than historical fiction for all the dreaming and predictions and prophesying. I always tried to palm these dreaming sequences off as 'coincidence'. I wanted so badly to believe that the book was straight, non fantasy, historical fiction that I came up with all manner of rational explanation for the dreaming predictions and their supernatural climaxes. But it is hard to palm it all off. Try as I might. The author is a disciple of Shamanic Dreaming and you must wade through it, thick as honey, if you plan on reading her Boudica series.There were four books in that series. Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle, Boudica: Dreaming the Bull, Boudica: Dreaming the Hound and Boudica: Dreaming the Serpeant Spear and it is in these books that you will first meet Sebastos Pantera and his back story.However, in my opinion, which is the opinion of someone who started the Boudica series but never finished it (it was the dreaming, I am too much of a cynic on that kind of thing), you do not have to read the Boudica series to follow and enjoy the authors new Rome series.Both books, The Emperor's Spy and this one The Coming of the King, involve the charismatic character Sebastos Pantera 'The Leopard'. His history entrenched heavily within the Dreamers of Britain (the Boudica background I mentioned), he is haunted by a past that makes him both a ruthless, methodical killer and an emotionally wounded survivor. He balances them well and there is no doubt that his past has made him better at what he does. In The Coming of the King we find Pantera, Mergus and Hypatia travelling to the far Reaches of the Roman Empire in the First Century AD. During the Reign of Emperor Nero.They will find themselves following their elusive enemy to Judaea where the Hebrew Wars are brewing and some small catalyst, any small catalyst, will explode and engulf the towns of Jerusalem and Caesarea and possibly take our heroes with it. This time it will not only be by fire, this time it will be by the sword and the volatile politics that surround the sacred sites of Judaea.There is no shortage of battles and exciting street fighting in The Coming of the King and, as with The Emperor's Spy, the characters are memorable and multifaceted. She does good characters, Manda Scott, she is one of the best at that.I must confess, The Emperor's Spy and The Coming of the King are perhaps an alternate history for some people. I do not know enough about the bible stories to know when the author is rewriting biblical history, so to me it just makes good historical fiction. But there will be readers who will be challenged negatively by the author having rewritten some of the story from the bible. Of course there will be devout followers of the bible stories who will enjoy the challenge too.I will not go into it too much or it will ruin plot lines for you if you plan on starting this series.It is also worth noting while dreaming and predictions are found in this series, they are mild enough that my penchant for rationalising is satisfied. I never felt these first two Rome books were fantasy. I could explain the dreaming and predictions away on coincidence quite easily. Which makes me a happy cynic. Just as I did with book one, I raced through this book. They are highly readable, highly addictive books and I cannot wait to read the third instalment, Rome: Eagle of the Twelfth and then the fourth book in the series Rome: The Art of War which is released March 28.I am not sure what to expect from these two books (#3 & #4) as they seem to have left Pantera and gone down a different path. I would hope Pantera is still in them as his story is far from wrapped up. If he is in them, I suspect it is not as a main character. It does not truly matter to me though. I find that Scott is such a good writer that it does not put me off the series if the character is wholly a new one. I am sure she will entertain me no matter who he is.

  • S.J.A. Turney
    2019-03-26 19:55

    The Rome series (a general series note to give you an idea of my impression of Manda’s writing and this series in particular.) All good historical fiction is written in an absorbing fashion, such that the reader enjoys every turn of the page. Often, an embellishment is added – just a word, a speech, a turn of phrase, even a physical description – that is so well-written and gorgeous in its own right, that it makes the whole novel. The Rome books in particular, and Manda’s writing in general, takes that embellishment and stretches it to cover the whole book. The entire tale is an embellishment. The whole of every one of the Rome books I’ve read is so beautifully constructed, finely crafted and gracefully, magnificently worded, that the whole book is one long triumph of the writer’s art.Rome: The Coming of the King is more than just a worthy follow-up to Manda’s first Rome novel. It is a crescendo. Carrying over the protagonist and antagonist and a few of the supporting cast from The Emperor’s Spy, the second in the series sees an escalation in the scale of the story. The first book saw a vile villain trying to burn Rome and destroy Jerusalem in order to fulfil his own, earth-shaking ambitions. Having partially succeeded in his task, that villain now returns to complete the job, centring all the action this time on Judea.With a searing tale of political discord and religious zealotry, Coming of the King takes us to the searing deserts of Africa, sizzling, fomenting Caesarea, ancient, troublesome and majestic Jerusalem, and even to powerful, unassailable Masada, fortress on the rock.As Saulos, having escaped justice at the hands of Pantera in the first book, insinuates himself within the highest circles of power (both secular and religious) in Jerusalem, accompanied by a desert nomad and her fearsome beasts, Rome’s greatest spy and his companions travel to the east to try and bring him down.While the villain sets endless obstacles in their way, rouses the people against them, and climbs ever higher on the rungs of power, Rome’s indomitable agents face death, torture and the collapse of everything they know.Manda’s descriptions of a land torn between the pragmatic Roman oppressor and an ancient and insular religious code – a land rife with sedition and violence – are evocative and exotic. It is hard not to ‘feel it as you read it’. As with the first Rome book, her treatment of the animals is exquisite, and the spiritual/quasi-religious side of the tale, while stronger than before and delving more into the world of the unknown, still fits well enough into the milieu that it does not seem outlandish or out of place.In short, I thought the first Rome book was superb. I think the second is even better!

  • Irene Soldatos
    2019-04-17 19:08

    As The Guardian quote on the cover says: "Truly epic". As with the other books in the series, this one also offers an alternative take on history, in this case on how the Judean revolt might have been instigated. Fascinating stuff. There's spies, and intrigue, and violence, and daring, impossible feats, all vividly imagined. The only reason I didn't give it the full five stars was that I found I didn't connect with several of the characters in the same way that I connected with others in the previous books of the series, but this is a purely personal and subjective matter, and I'm sure that where I failed to find a connection, others will do so easily.Let me also just say this: If you like your violence realistic, Manda Scott does this very very well. And doesn't shy away from it. One of the many reasons, but for me an incredibly important reason, why I'm enjoying these books so much.Well, off to buy the next instalment... :-)

  • Deborah Pickstone
    2019-03-25 18:54

    I could read Manda Scott for ever! There is nothing about her historical novels that I don't like - except there aren't enough of them! Certainly, this series is a new take on the emergence of Christianity. I come to each book with trepidation (don't know why, really) that it will fail to please - mainly because of leaving beloved characters behind, I think - I become so caught up in their 'lives' that it's hard to let go. Yet, by the end of each book I am instead consumed with a desire to know....what happens next?

  • Dries
    2019-04-02 20:08

    This story is so full of holes it defies any rational thought. Suddenly for no apparent reason everyone from the king of judea to the high priest of the temple and even the roman governor are in the bad guys employ. everyone ignores Nero's ring as if it does not exist. And why go to the temple priest??? Just go to the roman governor, show the ring and get backing from the legions? This whole story does not compute. I have no clue whatsoever why this gets a high rating.

  • Rupert Matthews
    2019-03-25 20:53

    A cracking read. Great adventure story, loads of action and some characters that really grip the imagination. Mind you he plays fast and loose with historical fact, which I found a tad annoying. Never mind. Great holiday reading.

  • Janine
    2019-03-30 18:54

    I do enjoy a good epic. Really enjoyed Rome, I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn't put it down. War, treachery, love, scheming, this book has it all.

  • The Idle Woman
    2019-03-28 02:16

    When I saw the second book in Manda Scott’s Rome series in the library, I pounced on it. It picks up the story in 66 AD, a couple of years after The Emperor’s Spy concluded. Nero is emperor; Seneca is dead; the Empress Poppaea is dying in childbed; and our subtle protagonist Pantera is heading south to Judea on the heels of the man who started the Great Fire of Rome. Pantera has wise and loyal allies, but he is the only one with the skills to track down the zealot Saulos. For Saulos, too, was trained as a spy by Seneca and Pantera knows that he is stepping into a cat-and-mouse game with a man as dangerous as himself, made even more lethal by the fiery convictions of faith. As tensions simmer below the surface in Caesarea and Jerusalem, it requires only one spark for the whole of Judea to flare into bitter internecine war. And Saulos, as we’ve seen, loves a good fire…For the full review, please see my blog:

  • Roger Kean
    2019-04-09 21:47

    I thought the Boudica quartet was outstanding but I found the first of this trilogy, Rome: The Emperor's Spy less convincing. Perhaps the apparent need to cross-link the new series from Boudica made it more confusing to get into. However, Rome: The Coming of the King is a more linear roller-coaster ride without the sacrifice of any of M.C. Scott's trademark dreamscapes or the palpable sense of mystery which pervades every page. It's also a terrific action-adventure yarn which takes Pantera and his ex-centurion friend Mergus into the furnace of Jewish rebellion as they try to thwart the evil intentions of Saullos (Saint Paul), who has set his heart on the total destruction of Jerusalem. The Chosen of Isis, Hypatia, wreathed in her dreams is joined by the lethal Berber woman Iksahra as the plot threads pull them together with Pantera and a large cast of believable characters.Throughout there is a subtle homoerotic tide, Mergus for Pantera, Hypatia for Iksahra, King Herod Agrippa for any young man… There are many real characters from history woven seamlessly together with the fictional, none so real, perhaps, as Saullos. I wonder what America's Bible Belt thinks of this inversion of the Saint Paul story. And yet, is it an alternative history? It's a personal prejudice, but I have always considered the sainted Paul/Saul of Tarsus responsible for the destruction of pure and original Christianity, so I have no trouble seeing M.C. Scott's Saullos in exactly the way she portrays him. Each to their own.The Independent newspaper of London said: "A dramatic new version of the past…grippingly sustained." The Coming of the King (the Messiah and a descendant of Jesus, the true king of Jerusalem) is all of that and, with some tremendous location descriptions, a lot more.

  • Alexander
    2019-04-12 23:55

    Well, hello there. Two of my fascinations rolled up into one. The Roman Empire and the early days of Christianity, presented here as a riproaring read. It goes;Sebastos Pantera, known to his many enemies as the Leopard, is the spy the Emperor Nero uses only for the most challenging and important of missions. Hunting alone, trusting no-one, he must find the most dangerous man in Rome's empire and bring him to bloody justice.But his prey is cunning, subtle and ruthless. Saulos has pledged to bring about the destruction of Rome and her provinces and now fate, good luck and planning have given him the means to do so.It will take the strategies of a master hunter to combat the brilliance of Saulos' plan, but Pantera has a new ally, a king in the making who could change the future of his people; a man he can finally trust. If they work together, they could bring a province back from the edge of ruin. But first, they must attempt the impossible; an assault on an invulnerable fortress, where failure means death to them both.And it certainly lives up to its promise as your'e drawn into a web of intrigue, combined with moments of extreme violence. The characters leap from the page, and even though I hadn't read the first book, the back story is ably filled in. Ms Scott brings something new to the historical characters we already know, and this was a real treat.

  • Patrick Raftery
    2019-04-09 21:52

    in a book like this, you need a good villain but we have very bad person who we know as St Paul, who acts as the emperor man in judaea, whose control over the king makes him a very dangerous man. So now we need heroes and the real emperor man and friends are those, in these M.C.Scott places them in key areas off the story, witch is done in a way that till the end of the book you don't know if they will make it to the end. I did enjoy this book and feel that the use of St Paul as the evil villain is a masterpiece as will make many writer's green and some others angry in the way St Paul is use, but in reading the story l did think some of it be true and this is wot a good writer does make you think as you read it.

  • Carole
    2019-04-01 19:52

    Gripping story, well drawn characters and many surprises. I imagine the religious right would be pretty unhappy with Scott's interpretation of Hebrew and early Christian history, especially the depiction of Paul/Saulos but it is well founded in research which is all explained in the Author's Notes. Although fiction it is based in detailed historical information and I found it totally engrossing. In fact I spent the whole morning reading as I couldn't tear myself away until I finished the book. Now I shall have to wait until the third book is published sometime this year to spend more time with Pantera, Hypatia, Kleopatra, Mergus and the rest.

  • Bernie Charbonneau
    2019-04-02 23:53

    I read the first novel a few years ago and my local library has not ordered the subsequent volumes to this series so had to order from the book store. I am glad to continue this series. As I recall, I was not overly impressed with the first book but I am in consensus with the majority in saying that this novel was a much better paced and interesting read. This part of Ms. Scott’s epic tale during the early rise of Christianity and Roman rule had more interesting plots going on that kept me turning pages. I definitely look forward to the next volume to this rendering of Roman era dominance in the Holy Land. A strong recommendation for Roman buffs.

  • Jonathan
    2019-03-26 02:09

    Second in the Rome series was even better than the first. A lot of action, and a fast moving plot, but still plenty of time to develop new characters, alongside the return of hero Pantera, his sidekick Mergus and the Chosen of Isis, Hypatia. Strong female characters as ever are added to with the fantastic falcon trainer Iksahra and the would-be warrior princess Kleopatra. The story is set in Judea, as Pantera tries to track down old enemy Saulos, and prevent him from causing more destruction to the Roman empire. Totally gripping stuff.

  • Jen Silver
    2019-04-08 02:07

    I am a big fan of M C (Manda) Scott's books. The Boudica series was outstanding.This Rome series had a very different tone, though. And although I find the storytelling superb, there are some violent scenes that wouldn't go amiss in an episode of Game of Thrones. However, that's all part of the realism of depicting that period of time. The author brings the settings and characters to life. Another brilliant read.

  • Lindsay Eaton
    2019-03-28 18:01

    The second book in Manda Scott's historical spy thriller series - and it was just as good as the first. This one is set in the Roman province of Judea in 66 AD. Brilliant historical detail, credible characters - including some totally awesome women - and a cracking plot made it hard to put down. Highly recommended.

  • Joe Sims
    2019-04-25 02:02

    First rate author. Excellent story teller. Loved her series on Boudica and was enjoying this series. But sadly this particular book in the Rome series is more historical fantasy than historical fiction. It's unfortunate that Manda chose to air her own personal philosophy with such vilification of the foundation of Christian faith and present it as fact.

  • Mel Horne
    2019-03-26 18:51

    I enjoyed this tale, it made me go and find out a bit more of the history surrounding the story. I still find it amazing that you can sit at home and visit places on line and feel so close to ancient times. I hope Pantera gets a bit of a break in the next book, he sure does deserve a rest and a bit of fun !!

  • Dawn
    2019-03-31 19:12

    I wonder if I'm getting jaded in my opinions of Roman historical fiction. I feel like I'm reading so many mediocre books lately. Maybe I'm especially disappointed as I really liked the first volume of this series. I don't have anything specific to dis. It was a good story and good writing and some really great characters. But when I got to the end I felt a little bored.

  • Ice Bear
    2019-04-11 01:16

    We are in Roman occupied Israel as was, continuing the chase of new ideas. Less gritty than the first book of the series, whilst focusing on the building of new characters. A few loose ends remained unanswered, possibly left for book 3. Well researched as always.

  • Stuart
    2019-04-06 02:16

    I have not read the first book in the Trilogy and found this one really slow to get into. The second half picked up a bit but no huge compulsion to go on to the last book.

  • Penny
    2019-04-19 01:56

    Just not engaging.

  • Margareth8537
    2019-04-17 18:08

    Pantera is an interesting character and I have never been a fan of St Paul!

  • Tony
    2019-04-12 20:09

    Gave up after 125 pages. It makes Archer look like Shakespeare. Turgid, dull and uninteresting. I bought it only becuase the Guardian had given it a good review.

  • Paul
    2019-04-01 23:14

    Difficult to get into at first, but enjoyed the read as it progressed. Would give it 3.5 if halves were allowed and would definitely read another one of Scott's books.

  • Liesl de Swardt
    2019-04-24 22:14

    Really excellent novel. Cleverly written and very entertaining.

  • Keith smith
    2019-04-07 20:14

    Liked it okay must be the weather took a long time to read want to start reading outside still to cold