Shadows in Bronze

Shadows in Bronze Can the hero of Silver Pigs satisfy the emperor he works for and the woman he pines for without getting himself killed With readers and critics hungry for his further adventures Ancient Roman gumshoe

  • Title: Shadows in Bronze
  • Author: Lindsey Davis
  • ISBN: 9780345374264
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Can the hero of Silver Pigs satisfy the emperor he works for and the woman he pines for without getting himself killed With readers and critics hungry for his further adventures, Ancient Roman gumshoe Marcus Didius Falco really has no choice.

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    1. ' Shadows in Bronze' is both number two in the Marcus Didius Falco Roman detective series as well as part two in the story begun in . I think the writing is better in this novel than in the first, but half of the jokes are still Greek to me. I don't get them, although the characters do. A lot of the dialogue tone is off to me. Falco, and the author, are on a different plane of thought, somehow, from me and there is a peculiar lack of conversational class barriers between lower class Falco and th [...]

    2. Shadows in Bronze picks up where The Silver Pigs left off. This is one thing I like about this series - the continuity of life.In this second novel, Falco continues his investigations in the aftermath of the stolen silver ingots. Expect more noir detective story-style, with an increasing romantic angle.Be aware that while it's not necessary to read the books in order, it certainly helps. Davis' love for the period and the personas (or dislike of some) shines through the writing, even if one some [...]

    3. This is one of those mysteries where for most of the book no one's getting any closer to Why Dunnit until all of a sudden it all falls into place. Falco, like any well brought up boy, obligingly gets there a few pages after the average reader (if the average reader is moi) and crucially, does so in entertaining fashion. This book is all about the characters and Falco's enjoyably jaded narrations of them, and on that score it delivers. I wish the plot had been stronger; arguably, the romance subp [...]

    4. Try, try, try as I might, I just could not get into this book. I already have read the first book of this series and so I was anxious to dive into this book.Unfortunately, I appear to be one of the few who found this book hard to read, disjointed and totally uninteresting. I started and restarted the book 3 different times in the hope that I had missed something or would glean something that I had missed previously. Nope.Sorry Marcus Didius Falco fans this one just was of no interest to me. And [...]

    5. The second book in Davis's series about Marcus Didius Falco, an informer in the Rome of the Flavian emperors, picks up immediately after the events of the first novel, The Silver Pigs. Falco is helping to track down the remnants of the conspiracy he uncovered and confounded and finds himself tracked by and tracking Barnabas - the freedman of Atius Pertinax, now deceased conspirator and ex-husband of Helena, Falco's socially unobtainable lover.There are a few plot twists - nothing is quite what i [...]

    6. Have you ever been to a movie that had one or two twists too many? Have you ever thought, “This chase scene was placed here either to extend the running length of the film or to provide something recognizable for the video game?” That’s the way I feel about Shadows in Bronze. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t intend to stop reading Lindsey Davis’ delightful stories about Marcus Didius Falco, “informer” for the Emperor Vespasian. Most of them that I’ve read have been delightfully pace [...]

    7. This sequel to The Silver Pigs picks up only days after the first ended; I like the continuity, though I think if you go a long time between reading them, it might be harder to pick up the thread of the story. You can look at this volume as sort of wrapping up the first, as the conspirators who were exiled start getting bumped off by a mysterious man who's always a couple of steps ahead of Falco. His task (a thankless one, so of course Vespasian picked him for the job) to find and warn the remai [...]

    8. Falco calls himself an informer, but actually works as an investigator for the Emperor Vespasian. Plots against the Emperor are thick on the ground. Falco is a bit of a bumbler, and misses one obvious clue after another. People often try to tell him things, but he interrupts them. Nowhere is this more true than in his relationship with Helena Justina, who clearly cares for him (although the reader is hard pressed to know why). Something is revealed in their relationship after about a hundred obv [...]

    9. The second book in the series. Continue to follow the exploits of Marcus Didius Falco, an informer for the emperor, through the complications of first century Roman love and murder. Interesting and humorous modern day similarities are to be found. Enjoyed the occasional humorous banter between the characters amongst the intrigue of Roman politics.Listened to the dramatization of the book on BBC's iPlayer Radio app.

    10. In Shadows in Bronze, the second book of the Marcus Didius Falco series by Lindsey Davis, Marcus goes undercover to find out more about the conspirators whom he thwarted in the previous novel. As they explore the towns of the Italian countryside, Marcus and his nephew Larius become door-to-door salesmen, offering lead pipes at a cheap deal and tax free."Every householder knows the hazard; a man and a boy at the door selling something you don’t want. Unless you feel strong, these whey-faced ina [...]

    11. See Naples and die they say. M. Didius Falco almost managed it before actually seeing Neapolis. This book follows the Silver Pigs in that the plotters have to be swept up and settled or disposed of. It seems that the plot is still alive but relocating to the Bay of Naples where the ships bringing grain from Egypt to Rome will appear and where the Roman fleet is based. So why not go on holiday to the beach? Marcus and Petronius gather up Marcus' 14 year old nephew and Petronius' wife and daughter [...]

    12. Very enjoyable, if not quite as good as the first one. I'm looking forward to the next book. I liked Petro's family, and overall the characterizations are very good.I like the short chapters, but the paragraph breaks are still a little odd. They tend to disrupt the flow of Falco and Helena's conversations.

    13. This series is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. I liked this better than The Silver Pigs because it was funnier and more intricately plotted. Falco is an amazing, if not always competent, informer who generally manages to muddle through his cases. Highly recommended.

    14. Not as good as the first novel, we had the two main characters acting like dim witted teenagers in love and not talking to each other but at least the romance was more interesting to read then the main mystery which I found a bit boring at least until Falco got back to Rome where things picked up. I do Love the character of Falco and I enjoy reading about his family and friends the characters are very charismatic and I would especially like to see more of his mum and nephew in the future. Hopefu [...]

    15. The second in this 20 book series about Falco, a gopher for the Emperor Vespasian.This, again, is a solid story, combining whodunnit elements with the author's love of showing the life of the Romans in the first century of the emperors. A continuation and conclusion of the story in book 1 concerning the theft and smuggling of silver ingots from Britain, the unmasking of the conspirators, and Falco's involvement with a senator's daughter.Good - still 18 more to go.

    16. I enjoyed #2 in the Marcus Didius Falco series, but it was slow reading - hence the three stars. And why can't two people in love just talk to each other instead of always misunderstanding and storming off The story is a continuation of #1 (Silver Pigs) and begins only days later. Falco, an ancient Roman gumshoe, is still working for Emperor Vespasian, receives low pay, and does the "dirty" jobs like disposing of an inconvenient corpse. After the failed plot against the emperor, Marcus and his n [...]

    17. I enjoyed this second installment of the Marcus Didius Falco series just as much as the first one. The plot was well-thought through and offered suspense again and again, despite some slow sections. The best parts, however, were again the dry humour of Falco's internal monologue and the likeable characters of his family and friends. " Shadows in Bronze" made me laugh out loud frequently and made me sympathize with Falco and the other characters. Definitely another series I've become addicted to! [...]

    18. Did not enjoy this as much as the first one (which was excellent). Took a while for the story to get going and the "twists" were predictable Still it was enjoyable enough to want to read the next book

    19. Falco gets the girlFalco gets the girlActually, Falco gets the guy too. it just takes a while. In the meantime, there is a lot of travelling around Italy. A rousing romp, as usual. I cannot wait to start the next chapter in the series.

    20. I picked this one up having read one of the later books in the series. This is the second in the sequence - and I got a sense that it would have helped to read the first book first, as the plot seems to be thrown at the reader with little explanation. We know that there is a plot against the new Emperor (hardly surprising), but I found it difficult to keep up with who was supposedly involved, who was helping Falco, who were just random people he met there are a lot of characters to keep track of [...]

    21. There are some books that are ruined by a forced inclusion of a romantic subplot. It is called "Strangled by the Red String".This book is the opposite.Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad. The author is great when it comes to light, entertaining, amusing reading. The metaphor about women's breasts was well, epic. Marco is charming, witty and unlucky as always. The secondary cast is very nice.ButThe plot lacked direction. It seemed to follow multiple threads, without really making us feel why they a [...]

    22. I plowed through another Falco mystery by Lindsey Davis, Shadows in Bronze. I’m such a sucker for the right female character. She is smart, she is arch and witty, she is in charge, she has a sense of humor. She’s usually in love with a handsome lug of a man who is just as infatuated with her as I am. If that’s your female protagonist, then I’m your #1 fan. Davis’ Helena Justina is one of those characters. Even though the protagonist of the series is Didius Falco, and he’s quite likea [...]

    23. I have enjoyed this book very much but was glad that I had read The Silver Pigs first. Even though it turned out well, I was a bit confused at first about who was who and where the plot was going. The descriptions of the Roman period and the varied locations around the Italian peninsula are excellent and the plot eventually added up to an exciting read. We read this for book club and we all enjoyed it to a greater or lesser extent and I would recommend it to fans of historical detective stories. [...]

    24. The drama of Shadows is well wrought, knitting together Falco's methodical investigation, his tumultuous relationship with Helena, and the plotting against him for a very satisfying close. Davis's painting of ancient Rome is always rich in detail, and here a visit to Herculaneum is particularly fascinating.

    25. Esta segunda entrega de la saga de Falcó, investigador privado del emperador Vespasiano, es tremendamente aburrida.Se extiende tanto en detalles nimios que no aportan nadava la trama, que acaba con la paciencia del lector más incondicional.Lo he intentado pero a falta de cien páginas me he rendido definitivamente

    26. A good bit of editing would have improved this book. Too many story lines happening at the same time and with the unusual names it was difficult to keep everything straight. Perhaps #3 will be better.

    27. The further adventures of M. Didius Falco and Helena Justina. Takes up where Silver Pigs left off. Witty and intelligent as expectedgood descriptions of vacationing in Campania, banqueting with the nobility, naval engagements, and Roman horse racing.

    28. Another peek into a fictional ancient Rome, this time with travel and the introduction of more lovable characters.

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