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To the Ends of the Earth

Author(s): Locke, Thomas Pages:
Publisher: Lion Books Date of Publication: 1996
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Period: 338 AD (Code: 9b)
Rome Setting: Christian/Jewish/Pagan:
Mystery: First Person:
Detective/Narrator:
Subject: A novel of poison, pirates and power struggles set in 338 AD. (J&MBOOKS) ---'The youngest son of an estate manager in Carthage is dispatched by his father to Constantinople, in the newly Christian Byzantine Empire, to secure a position that will allow him to survive despite the rapid decline of the Roman Empire and its provinces. Even before he leaves he is almost killed by poison. The world is a rapidly changing place in 338 AD, now that the powerful Constantine has legitimized Christianity throughout his realm. There are many who would prefer a return to the pagan religion, and the Christians themselves often play into their hands with their infighting and various heretical sects.' (S Feder via R Heli)
Unique Qualities:
Rating: The addition of a strong and attractive protagonist, and a fine supporting cast ranging from a smart and lovely young Christian woman and her dignified merchant father to a group of ex-soldiers increasingly loyal to a young master who is wise beyond his years, should have made this political thriller an exciting story. Instead, it is marred by writing which is more suitable to an academic text -- a clear case of research overwhelming narrative -- and by several villains who are painted with too broad a brush to be believable. (S Feder via R Heli) See also the review by Rachel A Hyde in Authors & Reviews on-site

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