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10 thoughts on “The Water Thief

  1. says:

    I Aelius Spartianus grew up in foreign barracks and am nobody I will build no palace but am privileged to write the history of the men who did and whose work this magnificent City is So writes Aelius Spartianus high ranking

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    Story 4 mystery focus undermined by irrational plot and divided narrativeCharacters 7 distinct and freuently entertainingAccuracy 3 genuine research but historically absurd conclusionMy opinions on this book are complicated to say the least What’s good is really very good But of course what’s bad is also really bad Only a few elements of the book do not arouse strong opinions in me of one sort or anotherThe good firs

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    The detective story has taken many odd forms over the years Since there are so many writers look for new twists ways to make theirs uniue and different Well this one fits thatThe Water Thief is the story of Aelius Spartianus veteran of the Roman Army in the year 304 He's been given the Emperor's blessing to write a history of Hadrian a past Emperor In the process of doing research Aelius finds hints that Hardian's beloved's deat

  4. says:

    In the twilight days of pagan Rome Aelius Spartianus soldier and scholar is commissioned by the emperor Diocletian to write a biograph

  5. says:

    In this suspenseful and satisfying novel a Roman military officer pursues a centuries old mystery after being charged by Emp

  6. says:

    Had trouble getting into this one Very dense in descriptions with many many names Some characters have multiple names both Roman and Egyptian plus long and difficult place names and Egyptian and Roman titles and phrases all over the place While there was a decent glossary it was still tiring Overall this was reminiscent of Tey's The Daughter of Time in that the main character is trying to find the truth about the death of Emperor Hadrian's

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    Rather boring when it shouldn't have been considering the subject matter Not on a par with other great authors of Ancient Roman myste

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    I enjoyed the indepth descriptions of sites both in Egypt and Rome The plot involving historical figures was fascinating

  9. says:

    I have to say that I was not impressed The main character seemed be constantly wandering around and it was hard to really follow the main theme of the book Most of the time I was just lost and distracted by the fact that it didn’t seem like the people were speaking the way ancient Romans would’ve spoken For a good historical f

  10. says:

    This book is written by an Italian historian and you can tell because the book is dry and the names are long But I did like the mysteries Aelius an historian and Roman soldier is ordered to write the history of Hardian and his companion Antino

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In 304 ce Aelius Spartianus officer and historian at the court of Diocletian in Dalmatia is writing the biographies of past Roman rulers including Hadrian who has been dead for nearly 175 years Aelius's particular charge is to investigate the unsolved mystery of the drowning death in the Nile of Hadrian's favorite young Antinous Soon his duty turns twofold the hunt for Antinous's grave supposed to conceal proof of a conspiracy against Rome and the murder of a wealthy army supplier and his servant The mystery thickens as deaths multiply; scholarly work turns into a race against time and into a confrontation with risk lies and half truths at the hands of priests authorities and former colleagues While the trials against Christians later known as the Great Persecution inflame Egypt Aelius gathers clues in odd p. The detective story has taken many odd forms over the years Since there are so many writers look for new twists ways to make theirs uniue and different Well this one fits thatThe Water Thief is the story of Aelius Spartianus veteran of the Roman Army in the year 304 He s been given the Emperor s blessing to write a history of Hadrian a past Emperor In the process of doing research Aelius finds hints that Hardian s beloved s death might not have been an accident This launches him on a bizarre combination of murder investigation and historical research with a side of what we d now call archeology When people around him start dying mysteriously it seems that whatever killed the Boy as he s known may still be lurking in the shadows Mystery and intrigue take Aelius from Egypt to Rome as he digs into the past It was a decent read although a few things kept throwing me off Aelius is attacked and nearly killed fairly early and doesn t really seem to care Not I must be on to something he just shrugs it off which seems like an odd reaction Some of the modern phrasing occasionally seemed weird in a book set so long agoI m not an expert on the period and I don t claim to be but did the Romans have to do lists shopping bags and for that matter windows If those are historically accurate some mention of that in a note somewhere would have been good as they seemed really jarring It s not a bad story by any means Recommended to fans of the Roman Empire different types of murder mysteries and historical fiction in general

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L to bear in this new historical mystery International Praise for the Works of Ben Pastor History blends with absolute perfection to personal story and the novel is like an orchestral score with pages of rare evocative power It is narrative one reads with admiration and even devotion La Stampa Turrolibri on Kaputt Mundi  The mystery plot develops within a perfectly wrought historical milieu A novel of great emotional impact Il Giorno on The Horseman's Song  Along with Margaret Doody and Elizabeth George Ben Pastor is considered one of the strongest female voices of today's mystery writing Her investigative tales show a breathless rhythm a perfect blend of action thriller and authorial narrative La Repubblica on The Dead in the Suare  Pastor's plot is well crafted her prose sharp Publishers Weekly on Lum. Rather boring when it shouldn t have been considering the subject matter Not on a par with other great authors of Ancient Roman mysteries such as Lindsey Davis and Steven Saylor The author wasn t at all clear about what was fictional and what was actual history which could have been explained at the end of the book

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Laces until his road leads inescapably to Rome Joined in his search by a blind retired soldier who is well experienced in counterespionage Aelius scavenges for evidence in a world capital in decline From Rome his breathless trail takes him to Hadrian's country estate which is now acres and acres of monumental ruins in the wilderness In the haunted stillness of roofless halls and overgrown gardens Aelius deciphers the great plan of the villa an astronomical chart confirming how the danger against Rome is clear and imminent But who is behind it all How deadly close is danger In order to save the state and himself Aelius must solve not only the puzzle of Antinous's drowning but also the murders that have marred his path Internationally renowned and critically acclaimed author Ben Pastor brings her thematic skil. In the twilight days of pagan Rome Aelius Spartianus soldier and scholar is commissioned by the emperor Diocletian to write a biography of Hadrian As part of his research he must travel to Egypt where a recent revolt has just been crushed to discover the truth behind the mysterious death of Hadrian s favourite the youth Antinous two centuries before Of course Aelius has other secret business to do for the emperor not least to report on the prosecution of Christian militants in the province In the course of carrying out these tasks Aelius discovers that someone wants him to stay clear of any investigation of Antinous even to the extent of attacking the emperor s own envoy Aelius himselfBen Pastor writes an enthralling tale She has a beautiful written style and creates a real sense of time and place both in Egypt and in Rome This is a scholarly novel but lacking any pretension pomposity or didacticism It has real narrative power and wholly involves the reader with the principal characters who are never cyphers For followers of Roman mysteries it is Saylor than Davis in tone But it is much than a mystery it is a beautifully written historical novel which creates a convincing world posing real uestions about the context of its timesFor all these reasons I cannot recommend this novel highly enough I really enjoyed reading it Why do I not give it five stars then For one reason only I was not wholly persuaded by the denouement which was too dependent on conspiracy theories for my liking Others may disagree and I am happy with that for I am already looking forward to the author s next novel