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HASH(0x982d3c48) von 5 Sternen This is the same book as the Quirinel Hill Affair 26. August 1999
Von Jill Patterson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The "Quirinal Hill Affair" was reissued under this new title "Search the Seven Hills". Actually, the title the author wanted was "The Babyeaters", because that is how non-Christians viewed this new religion--when they even differentiated between Christians and Jews! Impeccably researched mystery set in ancient Rome, a young man searches for the kidnapper of his feisty girlfriend. Fascinating glimpse of this time period and a great story that is still searching for a memorable title.
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HASH(0x982d703c) von 5 Sternen God I Loved This Book 22. Juni 2001
Von Queen Cobra, Goddess of Truth and Justice - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Marcus is the misfit middle son of a disfunctional Roman family circa 118 AD, he insists on studying philosophy of all things! He's also in love with Tullia, who just happens to be the daughter of one of his father's numerous enemies, and worse still is engaged to be married to a rich, vulgar Syrian merchant. Then Tullia is kidnapped, literally before his eyes, and the only clue is a silver fish talisman - emblem of the secret and sinister cult of Christians. Horrified Marcus knows he must rescue her quickly before she's forced to take part in their abhorrent rites. Aided by Sixtus Julianus, an eccentric and aristocratic old recluse and expert on exotic cults, Marcus becomes intimately acquainted with the seamy underside of Roman society and discovers Christians aren't quite what he thought they were. Though she's carefully researched Roman etiquette and customs and early Christian heresies Hambly makes some very elementary mistakes about Roman names but other than that 'Search the Seven Hills' is very authentic. I just *loved* Sixtus, and the cynical Praetor Arrius, not to mention the endlessly bickering Christians.
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HASH(0x982d25e8) von 5 Sternen not enough hambly in the world 3. April 2001
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Brilliant ! Worth every penny (and it does cost a lot of them). I am amazed that so early in her career you can see all the wonderful elements that light up her later Benjamin January and vampire mystery books. Dark, disillusioning, full of very bad people and protagonists who aren't exactly perfect either. All godd books require a good mystery, and Hambly's mysteries are the very best of the good books out there. They may never reprint this (given how easily offended some Christians get), so sink the money and buy a classic!
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HASH(0x982d50b4) von 5 Sternen A Visit to a Time Long Past 24. Dezember 2012
Von Amanda M. Hayes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Why in the world Barbara Hambly is still stuck in the midlist is a greater mystery than any other she has presented, because this author is responsible for one of the best fantasy trilogies ever written in the form of her original three Darwath books, _Time of the Dark_, _Walls of Air_, and _Armies of Daylight_. She wrote the beautiful _Dragonsbane_ (and its less-beautiful sequels, admittedly), the stories of Antryg Windrose, and the adventures of Sun Wolf and Starhawk; the latter two series were dropped by their publisher, but it's well worth the time to read what books there are since Hambly is better than many writers at making each of her novels stand alone. Along with so many excellent fantasies, she has written gorgeous gaslight vampire novels and historical mysteries. All her works are worth trying. Few are disappointing.

_Search the Seven Hills_ is one of her earlier efforts. That doesn't matter--well, much. Here and there the book is slightly more clumsy than later Hambly works, but it's still polished and taut with suspense. The setting is Rome during the reign of Emperor Trajan, and the amount of research that went into recreating the day-to-day life of that ancient world bleeds from the pages in a most satisfying way. Hambly is a master at turning scholarship into story without leaving infodumps everywhere. She treats Roman culture in such a matter-of-fact manner that the reader can't do otherwise, so the setting, while the novel's strongest point, doesn't overwhelm the plot or thrust Marcus into insignificance as a character.

I liked Marcus quite a lot, and I wonder whether Hambly hoped at one point to write an entire series about him. I wish that had come to pass! There probably won't ever be a sequel at this late date, more's the pity. Some characters, particularly Tullia and Judah, don't get much chance to shine, although there are hints of an interesting back story for each.

The one respect in which the book falls down is exasperating. Marcus runs into Christian characters several times during his investigation, and nearly without fail, the Christians bicker like the Three Stooges no matter where they are or what's going on around them. It's terrible. I think the intention was a mix of humor and historical accuracy (apparently the Christian sects of the time were very conflicted), but I just couldn't believe these people. They bickered in dungeons, they bickered while watching a stoning, they bickered while sneaking off on covert missions, and it always broke the suspenseful atmosphere. I started to wish they *would* get thrown to the lions so they'd stop derailing the story.

(No, not really... well. Yes. Really. The pity is, when Hambly isn't forcing the humor it works much better: there are moments of subtle, sometimes-gallows amusement that strike a great balance with the grimness of life in Rome. Then the Christians come in and you can almost hear the wa-wa trumpets.)

There is no way, however, in which that irritation ruins the book--it's too fine a work for that. Now that _Search the Seven Hills_ has been released as an e-book, there's no reason not to track it down and enjoy an underrated jewel of a novel from an underrated jewel of a writer.
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HASH(0x982d53c0) von 5 Sternen Mrs Hambly's master's degree in medieval history shows in this book 9. Dezember 2012
Von Sergio Arruda Accioly - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I knew that it would be good -all her books are. I didn't know it would be this good.

It's a mistery novel about a young philosopher searching for his kidnapped not-quite-girlfriend. The prime suspects are those infamous religious zealots, the baby eating Christians.

Through the book we are shown a Rome you can't get anywhere else. The closest I know of is the HBO two season series Rome, but here you get a much broader view of the Eternal City, from the backstages of the Colliseum to what slaves gossip while theirs masters are at the orgy.

The mistery, by the way, is a very good one too, but takes second place to the discovery of the city's underbelly.

There are two minor quibbles I need to mention (note that I didn't take any stars because of them): it's easy to get the names confused - who is the friendly politician with the deranged christian, for example. Readers take notice.

The second is a little more serious (spoilers ahead, procceed at your risk) - longtime readers of Mrs Hambly will recognize the hero's two closest allies DNA in various incarnations of her previous work. The calmly ruthless soldier and the kind sharp -eyed old gentleman that is much more than people takes him for. Icefalcon and Inglorion Ingold come to mind.

All in all, anybody with even a little interest in the imperial Rome, or in historical mistery novels has an obligation to themselves to read this book.
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