Book Review: “Hero of Rome” by Douglas Jackson (3 Stars)

HeroBook Review: Hero of Rome by Douglas Jackson

(three stars out of five)

Excellent historical fiction. Well told tale of impossible love and conflicting intentions amid almost irreconcilable cultural differences.

Amazing how many Roman tribunes wandered first century Britain, falling in love with native girls. This is the second similarly themed book I’ve read this year. What makes this trend even more interesting is that it ignores a real tribune, who was present and eventually led the eventual Roman subjugation of all Britain: Gnaeus Julius Agricola. ( He may be less attractive to modern authors because his tale has been told: by his son-in-law, Tacitus.)

The stoic philosopher Seneca may have contributed to, if not triggered, the Boudiccan Revolt, which serves as the background for this book by rushing to divest himself of investments in Britain. Stoics were supposed to be above such things as greed. But then, greed’s like pride: pretty universal.

The map on the ebook version was so small as to be useless, but most historical novels (and many fantasies) need to good map.