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Vestal Virgin: Romantic suspense in ancient Rome (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Tyrpak , Blake Crouch
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Vestal Virgin—suspense in ancient Rome

Elissa Rubria Honoria is a Vestal Virgin--priestess of the sacred flame, a visionary, and one of the most powerful women in Rome. Vestals are sacrosanct, sworn to chastity on penalty of death, but the emperor, Nero, holds himself above the law. He pursues Elissa, engaging her in a deadly game of wits and sexuality. Or is Elissa really the pursuer? She stumbles on dark secrets. No longer trusting Roman gods, she follows a new god, Jesus of Nazareth, jeopardizing her life and the future of The Roman Empire.

• New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks says,
“...a writer of real talent...a promising new voice.”

• New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says, “Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a spell that utterly enchants and delights. Her writing is pure magic.”

Please note: Due to the setting and the times, the book includes several scenes involving deviant sex—suggestive rather than graphic—and not more than a few paragraphs.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. Her debut novel is Vestal Virgin, suspense set in ancient Rome, available as a trade paperback and in all eformats. Her collection of nine short stories Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) is available on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords. J.A. Konrath calls it, "Pure comedic brilliance." Her short story Downhill was first published in Arts Perspective Magazine. Rock Bottom is published in the Mota 9: Addiction anthology, available on Kindle. Her short story Ghost Plane was published by CrimeSpree Magazine. Venus Faded appears in the anthology Pronto! Writings from Rome (Triple Tree Publishing, 2002) along with notable authors including: Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Engstrom, Terry Brooks and John Saul. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers awarded her first prize in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest, and Maui Writers awarded her third prize in the Rupert Hughes writing competition. *New York Times bestselling author, Terry Brooks says about her writing: "...a writer of real talent...a promising new voice." *New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says, "Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a spell that utterly enchants and delights. Her writing is pure magic."

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 891 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 338 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Adytum; Auflage: second (11. Dezember 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004G093HQ
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #240.608 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Mehr über den Autor

Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. Her debut novel is Vestal Virgin, suspense set in ancient Rome, available as a trade paperback and in all eformats. Her collection of nine short stories Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) is available on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords. J.A. Konrath calls it, "Pure comedic brilliance." Ghost Plane and Other Disturbing Tales is available in all eformats. Scott Nicholson says, "Enter this circus and let Suzanne show you why horror is the greatest show on earth."

Her short story Downhill was first published in Arts Perspective Magazine. Rock Bottom is published in the Mota 9: Addiction anthology, available on Kindle. Her short story Ghost Plane was published by CrimeSpree Magazine. Venus Faded appears in the anthology Pronto! Writings from Rome (Triple Tree Publishing, 2002) along with notable authors including: Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Engstrom, Terry Brooks and John Saul. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers awarded her first prize in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest, and Maui Writers awarded her third prize in the Rupert Hughes writing competition.

*New York Times bestselling author, Terry Brooks says about her writing: "...a writer of real talent...a promising new voice."
*New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says, "Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a spell that utterly enchants and delights. Her writing is pure magic."

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Das Buch im Original 9. Juni 2013
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Ein gutes Buch, im Original, ob wohl mein Englisch nicht das Beste ist, kam ich sehr gut voran und es wurde immer besser.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Strong Women Characters 1. Januar 2011
Von L.C. Evans - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In general I'm a fan of historical fiction, including ancient Rome, so I was immediately drawn to Vestal Virgin. I was not disappointed. The author did a superb job with the setting. She deftly worked in details of life in ancient Rome, and I could easily understand the everyday life of the times and exactly what it meant to be a vestal virgin. The sights, the smells, the sounds--all seemed real as I watched the characters' lives unfold.

The virgins typically were chosen as children and took vows to serve for 30 years. Vestal virgin Elissa is the main character and she is no exception to the strict laws. As a vestal, she is an educated and powerful woman who starts out wanting to avenge her brother's death at the hands of the tyrannical Nero. She ends up finding a better goal. Along the way she is pursued by Nero, who thinks he is a god. But courageous Elissa is also a mystic and she works to decipher an ancient prophecy that foretells the destruction of Rome. Elissa's younger sister Flavia is another strong woman character. Ambitious Flavia has a different goal from her sister--she wants to become Nero's wife.

I read this book quickly, unable to put it down. I was caught up in the story and totally invested in the lives of the well-drawn characters. I loved Elissa and even Flavia, who behaved like a naive and spoiled child, won me over in the end. The men characters, though well-drawn, did not appeal to me as much and came across as weak in comparison to the women.

Very enjoyable book and I would like to read more by this talented author.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent picture of Ancient Rome brings ruins to life 22. Dezember 2010
Von Rosaria Cain - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Vestal Virgin is historical fiction based on real events and people in Ancient Rome. Sound boring? Most of these novels are but not this one! You will be thrust into the world of Vestal Virgins and Roman gods. You'll live the life through a Vestal's eyes and appreciate true love. You'll discover Early Christianity- the way Roman citizens did- whispered through rumors and innuendo.
I could not put this book down, stopped reading all other materials- just to finish. I guess the end was a little too neatly tied together for my tastes but I really enjoyed the read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen As good as Robert Harris 28. Dezember 2010
Von jeroen ten berge - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been a big fan of Robert Harris since 'Fatherland', and when he delved into Roman history and offered 'Pompeii' - combining well researched history with fictional suspense, I was once again absolutely blown away. 'Vestal Virgin' is without doubt as good, and a must read for anyone who loves a fantastic story set in ancient times as turbulent as today's.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Shocking Mix 20. Juni 2011
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wander the streets of Rome and dance in the arms of Nero in Suzanne Tyrpak's novel, Vestal Virgin: Suspense in Ancient Rome. Discover what life is like for a Vestal Virgin, the only women who are allowed to hold any power or property in the age of Rome. Watch as friendship is tested, religion questioned, forbidden love blossoms and a family is torn asunder all through the mechanisms of a mad ruler whose dark cravings defy all laws.

Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a riveting tale of corruption, intrigue and desire. The story flowed smoothly as it twisted and curved through the plot line dragging you deep in to the Roman era. There were a plethora of characters throughout the story, each richly detailed with their own personalities. Each evoking an emotional reaction as they behaved all too human in their quest to fulfill their own desires over the well being of others. The decadence and deviance of Roman life exploded from the pages in colorful descriptions from the blood covered pits of the Circus Maximus to the elaborate celebrations held at the royal palace.

I found the book hard to put down and I enjoyed the story and characters but what troubled me throughout was how Christianity was interwoven with the shocking sexual situations. I do not think I have ever read a book that seemed to promote Jesus in such reverent tones in one breath and then describe such deviant sexual acts right after... it just felt wrong. I understand it was probably done to show the extreme nature of the culture during those times but even that thought didn't really alleviate my discomfort with the two mixing so closely. I understood the vestal virgin's, Elissa, confusion on her religion given the turbulent times she was living through but I didn't really understand how her converting over to a new belief really made a difference in the story. It seemed to me to just be intermixed into the tale for no reason; I think if Tyrpak had toned down the religious overtone to the tale it would have made the story more enjoyable.

Overall I would say the book was a bit of a shocker to me. One I couldn't really seem to put down until I found out if my favorite characters made it out of Rome alright. I would recommend this book to my friends, while cautioning them there are parts that are perverse and twisted. It is not for those who do not wish to read about the darker sexual side of Roman society, while discovering the purity of Christianity.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Don't let 23. Dezember 2010
Von s0nicfreak - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
the fact that this is a well-researched book set in ancient Rome put you off. This story about feelings toward sexuality and trying to juggle faith and emotions is timeless. However, it also does a wonderful job of setting the stage of ancient Rome. Make sure you have some time when you begin reading this - you may not want to put it down, and it took me longer to read than most Kindle books (which is a plus). And you may want to keep Google handy; there were a few words I had to look up that weren't in the Kindle dictionary (another plus, as I love learning a bit while being entertained).

This book is definitely for adults only and not for prudes (and I mean that word in no offensive way, all you prudes out there), as it is largely about sexuality. However it manages to not be too graphic. It's a great read that is completely worth the time spent reading and the looking up of the few words.
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