By Valerio Massimo Manfredi

March, forty four BC. Rome, in all her glory, has improved her territories past the wildest goals of her electorate, led via Caius Julius Caesar -- Pontifex Maximus, dictator perpetuo, invincible army chief and in simple terms fifty-six years outdated. he's a guy answerable for his future, who wields huge, immense energy through the large empire. despite the fact that his god-given project - to finish the blood-splattered fratricidal wars, reconcile implacably adversarial factions and guard Roman civilization and global order - is teetering dangerously as regards to collapse... His strength is draining away. None of his supporters can cease the inexorably evolving plot opposed to him and prophecy will explode into fact at the Ides of March and the realm will swap forever.

This is political mystery laced via with the entire intrigue and motion surrounding probably the most the most important turning issues within the background of western civilization.

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Why did I break out crying? Why did such a feeling of desolation sweep over me? I'd learned a long time ago that tears were no route to Granny's heart. She would be more likely to stop them with a slap than a kiss. I stumbled to the door, careless of the cold December drizzle and the darkness that had now fallen, wanting only to go into Blackie's byre and lay my head down on her rough warm neck and cry there. But Granny barred my way. " The rough sympathy in her voice was so unexpected that I was shocked into silence.

Even I'm scared of you, most of the time. " She gave me a shrewd look. "Is that a dig at me? I suppose I've earned it. And it's what I would do, right now, if there'd been more in this whiskey bottle to give me the courage. But we'll bide our time on the buckle. The moment for it will come. " Chapter 5 Ebenezer Macbean lived for another six weeks. All that time I watched the comings and goings from the Macbean farm with dread, but as the weeks passed and nothing happened, I began to feel hopeful that Granny had been wrong and that he would live after all.

I held my breath, willing her to go on. She only heaved a sigh. "Your father came and took her. She died. He died. And here we are, you and me. Evil came to me, you see? All my life. Sorrow and death and evil. " I'm not an evil, I thought rebelliously. She read my mind, as she often seemed to do, and jabbed a dirty finger toward me. "You, Maggie, are no evil, but the hope of my life. And I wish good on you. Only good. But you're weak. If they harm you and insult you, you cry and run away. You must turn.

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