Marcus Salvius Magnus is a fanatical supporter of the Green Racing Faction and expects a wager to be honoured. Although he does not presume honesty from anyone, he does believe that a bookmaker at the Circus Maximus should record each bet scrupulously and pay the full amount due. But Ignatius, the bookmaker, is foolish enough to attempt to cheat Magnus out of his winnings,Marcus Salvius Magnus is a fanatical supporter of the Green Racing Faction and expects a wager to be honoured. Although he does not presume honesty from anyone, he does believe that a bookmaker at the Circus Maximus should record each bet scrupulously and pay the full amount due. But Ignatius, the bookmaker, is foolish enough to attempt to cheat Magnus out of his winnings, incurring not only his wrath but that also of the South Quirinal Crossroads Brotherhood of which Magnus is the leader. In the shady realm of Rome's underworld Magnus will use the full resources of his criminal fraternity to exact appropriate vengeance.But Magnus also has a problem: his patron, Gaius Vespasius Pollo, is attempting to get his nephew, Sabinus, elected as a quaestor. To do this he feels that the support of the senior consul, Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, would be more than useful. He asks Magnus to ease the consul - a man known for his extreme violence - in the right direction.Ahenobarbus has a passion: the Red Faction at the circus. Could it be that Magnus might wash two tunics in the same tub, bringing Ignatius down and securing Ahenobarbus' support by attempting to fix a chariot race in a manner that has never been done before?...
|Title||:||The Racing Factions|
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|Number of Pages||:||63 Pages|
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The Racing Factions Reviews
What's better than killing a man? To Marcus Salvius Magnus the answer is simple: you destroy him.Marcus is cheated by a man, Ignatius, that thinks he is so far above Marcus that he can get away with it. Marcus, however, is the leader of a local street organization (a.k.a., a gang that extorts protection fees from area businesses and people). Marcus orchestrates a devastating revenge. Marcus fixes a race and ensures that a powerful man - a Consul - places the right wager with his target. It might be possible to cheat Marcus, but a Consul? Never. There are twists and turns, but the bad guy gets it in the end. The Racing Factions is a quick read. It's a very brief novella. And it was lots of fun. The perfect quick read for a flight. Three and a half stars, rounded down to three.
Magnus, the boss of the South Quirinal Brotherhood, ends up owing his patron rather a lot of money. In such cases, it's a safe bet that Magnus' solution to his cash flow issues will be ingenious, violent and delivered with a certain flair. These novellas are not for those looking for a cosy historical mystery and go to a level of detail that is not for the faint hearted. Fabbri once again produces a taut and fast paced story that still leaves you feeling you've read a novel, so much is happening.
ReviewShort stories have become the latest thing for writers, a way to advertise their wares, a way to showcase their talent, a way to write about side characters whom the fans love and a way to write and publish those tales that they don’t have time to write a full novel about. There is no defined pattern and no right way, although advertising comes lowest on the quality level IMHO.Thankfully Robert Fabbri doesn’t appear to be doing that, a taster but mainly a side character loved by fans and the author seem to be the driver.Racing Factions is a fantastic tale following Magnus and the crossroads brotherhood. Someone makes the very big mistake of crossing Magnus and what unfolds is a very elaborate sting / plan of revenge. The plot is brilliantly formulated into a winding plot with surprises, action, intrigue and revenge. Robert Fabbri gets better and better, making a side character feel like he deserves a full novel if not a full series.One thought struck me while reading about the racing factions of Rome, they were the original hooligans, long before football people fought over their support of a team, not based on any allegiance except a sports team. Its interesting to see it portrayed and also to see that society has developed in some ways and not in so many others.Highly recommend this tale and all of Fabbri’s books(Parm)Other booksVespasian1. Tribune of Rome (2011)2. Rome’s Executioner (2012)3. False God of Rome (2013)4. Rome’s Fallen Eagle (2013)The Crossroads Brotherhood (2011)Tribune of RomeRome's ExecutionerFalse God of RomeRome's Fallen EagleThe Crossroads BrotherhoodShare this:
An entertaining short story. The crossroads brethren are cheated in horse racing, and then construct an elaborate ruse to recover their lost money and punish the wrongdoer. All the major characters from the mainstream series are mentioned, some included.
Very enjoyable short story following one of the much loved character from the Vespasian series 'Magnus'.
ok a bit short