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Caesar's Bicycle
(ISBN: 0-06-105661-8)

Author(s): Barnes, John Pages: 296
Publisher: Harper Prism Date of Publication: 1997
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Rome & universe Period: 49 BC (Code: 5d)
Rome Setting: Christian/Jewish/Pagan:
Mystery: n First Person: y
Detective/Narrator: Mark Strang, private bodyguard & time-traveller
Subject: To save a friendly time line from extermination, Mark Strang must murder Julius Caesar - part of the ongoing conflict between the Crux Ops & the evil Closers - by going back to an alternate Rome in 49 BC where legionaries rode bicycles and included muskets and pistols in their armaments. (FM) ' Caesar appears as brilliant but ruthless, Pompey as a decent person, Crassus as a sharp merchant. Students will read about the "dark side" of Rome: the patricians trying to hold on to their privileges, the corrupt politicians, the careless treatment of slaves, the horrors of crucifixion. The author's afterword states that " this is not a history full of noble Brutuses and wise Ciceros". He views the era as a "change of jailers" not the loss of a non-existent freedom. (Roz)
Unique Qualities: Timeline Wars #3
Rating: Some mention of sex, an attempted rape, lots of killing. Not completely somber; there are some moments of humor. (Rosalind Harper) Recommended as light entertainment reading with a Roman flavor, but not as anything that will instruct or move the reader. (FM)

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