The Ides of March
The Ides of March concentrates on the eight days leading up to and including Julius Caesar’s assassination. While Caesar is in Rome putting together his plans for a campaign against the Parthians, centurion Publius Sextus is in Modena where he receives evidence of the plot to kill Caesar. Knowing that he has only a few days he embarks on a race against unknown enemies whose sole aim is to kill him to stop the information getting to Caesar in time. At the same time, Silius Salvidenus and Amtistius are frantically trying to find evidence of the plot in Rome that they can give to a sceptical Caesar who refuses to believe that members of the Senate are plotting against him.
There have been many novels written about Julius Caesar and his assassination, but this approach comes from a fresh angle with the race to uncover the plot taking centre stage. Fictional and historical characters mingle together seamlessly while the deadly politics of the time are effectively portrayed. Enjoyable and easy to read.