Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire (Gaius Petreius Ruso #1)

Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire (Gaius Petreius Ruso #1) I loved this book Our hero, Medicus, a doctor in ancient Roman occupied Britain, is a fascinating and totally lovable guy The book jacket compares him to young Harrison Ford, and I think that s perfect surly, oblivious to his own charm, professional, and totally adorable underneath a mildly prickly exterior The writing somehow makes it easy to imagine living in Deva, Brittania an area in a period I know nothing about and all the characters are well written and very engaging I am really looking forward to the sequel, Terra Incognita, and any further adventures of Gaius Petreius Ruso. The mysteries in this series are all set in the time of Trajan Hadrian, in Roman Britain Britannia I loved the characters of Ruso, the overworked, compassionate Roman military doctor and Tilla, his British housekeeper Some of the dry humor is laugh out loud this book is a fast read, but bears rereading to wallow in the characters interplay I loved Ruso s interior thoughts The mystery was a perhaps secondary, but necessary plot device Ruso s personality seems to me like a cross between the personalities of Arthur Dent and Eeyore, if such a thing is possible Valens, Ruso s devious but basically good hearted doctor roommate and friend reminds me so much of M A S H s Hawkeye Pierce The beer barrel in the kitchen from one of Valens s grateful British patients perhaps brought to mind the liquor still in the Swamp , Hawkeye s tent quarters I ve read and own the other 4 books in the series and am eagerly awaiting 5.In January 2013 I received 5 in the series, Semper Fidelis it s just as delightful as the previous 4 Semper FidelisIn August 2014 I received and read 6, Tabula Rasa This is one of Downie s best yet except for the ghastly cover The contents inside were what interested me, though. Amazing E Book, Medicus A Novel Of The Roman Empire Gaius Petreius Ruso 1 By Ruth Downie This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Medicus A Novel Of The Roman Empire Gaius Petreius Ruso 1 , Essay By Ruth Downie Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Five stars, five, and again five Hurray for Medicus it s the page turner I ve been looking for for a long time I read it in an entire day because I couldn t put it down.Set in Roman Empire era Brittania, this is the story of reluctant hero , Gaius Petrius Ruso, a doctor in the local army hospital, who turns detective very much against his will Humorous, lighthearted, colorful This is Downie s first novel, and I hope she s planning a whole series of Ruso mysteries Fantastic mystery about a Roman army Medic Ruso that just can let things rest when he sees a problem, injustice or human cruelty Loved this and am glad that there are 6 in the series to read. The back cover made it sound so interesting and original like a historical fiction mystery with men in short tunics with great senses of humor It s really about a lonely, rather boring medicus doctor for the Roman Empire stationed overseas who stumbles upon a whorehouse, a couple of missing girls, and some bad oysters Of course in the mix there is a beautiful, resilient, implausible slave girl who was possibly once royalty or a healer or Did I mention the doctor is in debt trying to save the family farm which conveniently lends itself to extortion The first 100 pages had me nearly comatose as our characters were painfully developed Then the plot kicked in and had me guessing for a few minutes, until the introduction of a newish character who, to me,was clearly killer I spent the last 50 pages waiting for the happy ending because well, everything else ended up neatly so why not the doc and the slave girl In the end it was tolerable but not something I d recommend. To da su povijesni romani jedan od mojih omiljenih anrova ve vi e manje svi znate, ali ipak u to ponoviti i to kako bih naglasila da sam upravo zbog toga to ih esto itam poprili no izbirljiva kad se radi o istima esto se dogodi da se provjereni autori povijesnih romana previ e zaigraju pa umjesto na povijesne doga aje, naglasak romana stave na romantiku i ljubavnu pri u E to ne volim i u tom slu aju esto i prestajem s itanjem Mislim, nemam ja ni ta protiv romantike i ljubavnih pri a in general , ali smatram da u povijesnim romanima naglasak ne treba biti na tom aspektu osim, naravno, ako se ne radi o povijesnim ljubi ima, ali to je opet pri a za sebe.S autoricom Ruth Downie prvi puta sam se susrela upravo sada, itaju i Medicusa pa nisam znala to o ekivati i na koji e na in ona pristupiti pripovijedanju povijesnih doga aja.I odmah vam mogu re i da je ena to odli no izvela U izvrsno opisani povijesni kontekst uplela je kriminalisti ku pri u s elementima ljubavne, ali s time da niti jedna niti druga nisu u prvom planu Odli no Iako radnja po inje s obdukcijom ubijene ene mislim da e mnogima, kao to je to bilo i meni biti jako zanimljivo itati kako su se obdukcije vr ile u ta davna vremena budu i da su moderne obdukcije, u zadnje, toliko prisutne i u knjigama i u filmovima da bi ih, maltene mogli sami izvesti ovdje nad autorica lagano uvodi u pri u, stranicu po stranicu, tako da nam roman postaje sve zanimljiviji to ga vi e itamo za razliku od onih romana koji ve na prvih par stranica imaju neki bombasti ni doga aj koji povu e na itanje Ovdje je ritam umjereniji, ali nikako ne usporen ili nezanimljiv jer se u tim po ecima upoznajemo s likovima, na elu s glavnim junakom, Gajem Petrijem Rusom Medicusom i atmosferom jedne od najudaljenijih i najmanje razvijenih rimskih kolonija Britannijom Da, da radi se upravo o dana njoj Velikoj Britaniji koju pamtimo kao najve u kolonijalnu silu, ali, eto, godinama prije nego to su Britanci kolonizirali pola svijeta i oni su bili kolonija to im, naravno, nije lako padalo, a to kako su do ivljavali Rimljane i Rimljani domoroce tako er je jako dobro prikazano u romanu Ve sam spomenula ta davna vremena no da preciziram, radnja se odvija u gradi i imena Deva dana nji Chester , anno Domini 117 u doba cara Trajana tj Hadrijana koji ga naslje uje nakon smrti Uglavnom, tada na Medicus dolazi na du nost u taj najneciviliziraniji dio Rimskog carstva, a on je jedan lik, pa, moglo bi se re i prili no ispred svog vremena naime, sav je pravi an, pun empatije ok, lije nik je, ali ipak , ne mo e okrenuti glavu od nepravde ma koliko to ponekad i sam elio, iako bi trebao lije iti samo legionare, on priska e u pomo i civilima pa ak i lokalnom stanovni tvu to je tada bilo, onako, nezamislivo I upravo zbog ovih nabrojanih karakteristika, ve pri samom po etku radnje, Medicus kupuje ozlije enu robinju koju namjerava izlije iti i prodati , a koja e se pokazati kako jedno vrlo svojeglavo i interesantno stvorenje Istodobno iz lokalne gostionice javne ku e po inju nestajati djevojke pa na glavni junak, uprkos savjetima svih oko sebe, po inje i to istra ivati tako da se tim njegovim aktivnostima bavi onaj krimi dio romana A polo aj robinja, kao i ina e, bio je jako te ak, pogotovo onih prisiljenih na prostituciju Ni zakonodavstvo ni vojska nisu pru ali nadu odbjeglim robinjama iji su vlasnici o ekivali od njih da rade kao prostitutke Imale su samo tri mogu nosti suradnju, samoubojstvo i bijeg A, ako bi bijeg kobno zavr io, inio se da gotovo nitko nije mario osim, naravno, na eg Medicusa Sva ta e se ne to otkriti tijekom njegovih istra ivanja nestanka djevojaka, cijelo klupko organiziranog kriminala i prostitucije, ali ja vam to sad sigurno ne u prepri avati i spojlati.Mislim da ste vi e manje shvatili o emu se radi u knjizi i o kakvoj se knjizi radi pa u ja jo samo istaknuti ne to to mi se posebno svidjelo, a to je opis likova Likovi su tako super prikazani, ak i oni koji imaju totalno sporedne uloge i pojavljuju se mo da jednom ili dva puta tijekom radnje Autorica odli no izvede tu karakterizaciju, bilo da se radi samo o re enici dvije opisa lika, ili nekoj njegovoj izjavi popra enoj kratkim komentarom, itatelj odmah to no shva a o kakvoj je osobi rije i, nerijetko si tu osobu mo e vizualno predo iti to, pretpostavljam, mnogi radimo tijekom itanja Time likovi vrlo brzo o ive to, barem meni, ini daljnje pra enje radnje jo boljim i ugodnijim Medicus je prva knjiga iz serijala o Gaju Petriju Rusu, ali mo e se bez problema samostalno itati jer ima svoj po etak i kraj i niti jedno pitanje ne ostaje bez odgovora Da nisam to kasnije vidjela ili ula, ne bih niti pretpostavila da se radi o serijalu, iako, naravno, uvijek mo emo pratiti daljnje doga aje odre enih likova A likovi koje sam ovdje upoznala, ba bih rado dalje pratila tako da se veselim i sljede im knjigama koje su, ka u iz Lumena, u planu za izdavanje Od mene toliko, a da li ete se i vi dru iti s Medicusom i ekipom oko njega odluka je na vama. I m a bit of a Roman detective nut shocking, I know , and have read several such series I usually jump from one series to the next, interspersing with Urban Fantasy or non fiction reading I read this whole series front to back without pause, which should give you an indication of how much I loved it.My reviews tend to focus on setting readers expectations rather than rehashing blurbs or plot summaries I hope this is useful to you.You can see my review for the whole series here.What to ExpectRuso is a physician, serving as a medic in Rome s Legio XX stationed in Britannia at the start of Hadrian s reign Ruso is reluctantly he s a doctor, dammit, not an investigatordragged to solve a murder no one else wants to take a close look at Things naturally become much complicated than anyone expects, and Ruso is both aided and frustrated by his native housekeeper Tilla.What I likedThe absolute charm of the writing All characters are fully fleshed, believable, with their own motivations The writing is witty, the setting is rich, the plot thought out, and the mysteries engaging.These are the kind of books where you care for the characters Downie has a knack to depict the world views of the characters realistically, switching viewpoints from a Roman medical officer to a British peasant woman It is clear that each character from main to support cast is a fully realised person, with their own agendas and biases.The plot of the stories grips you till can t put the book down Downie is masterfully weaving the investigations through sub plots, distractions, daily lives, grand events till you just have to know what happens next Ruso may be a reluctant investigator, but he has that nagging voice in his head when things don t quite fit well, and it keeps him following and digging for the truth Tilla has her own sense of fairness, and views on what makes the world tick.Downie locates each book in a different town, mostly around Roman Britain this one set in Deva Chester , and future volumes in other places Downie has clearly done her research, and each location comes alive with the latest modern archaeological understanding of life there seeping through her writing.What to be aware ofThese aren t the noir mysteries I normally read and recommend While there are certainly some gruesome bits did I mention combat medic , these aren t your typical first person hard boiled detective Rather, the stories are told in a lighter vein, in third person perspective from either Ruso or Tilla s POV only a few scenes in the early novels, with Tilla time as the series progresses Ms Downie has experience with archaeology and Latin history, and it shows in her writing She has elected to translate most Latin terms into modern English e.g calling a master my lord rather then domine , or using doctor for physician , which may sound a tad weird to those used to Latin terms from similar series.Be aware that while it s not strictly necessary to read the books in order, it certainly helps This is the perfect place to start reading.SummaryI absolutely love this series I have no idea why it took me so long to get back to it, but I am glad I did I devoured most of the books over my holidays which made for a very enjoyable immersive trip to ancient Roman Britain The only problem I have with giving this book its much deserved five stars, is that the series gets even better Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In Absentia A story of Togas, Daggers, and Magic for lovers of Ancient Rome, Murder Mysteries, and Urban Fantasy. The novel is an ideal holiday read Set in Britain under Roman rule, it tells a story of a Roman doctor cum detective character, Gaius Ruso Quite enjoyable if you are in the mood for some light reading. Reading Medicus I m put in mind of Colin Cotterill s Siri Paiboun series In both two men devoted to their jobs than anything else find themselves reluctantly involved in murder investigations In both we have a comedic than tragic writing style that still manages to inject notes of seriousness along the way in Medicus, it s a reflection on slavery and sex trafficking Medicus is not a heavy read, however It s a very nicely written, moderately complex murder mystery set in the Romano British town of Deva modern day Chester at the beginning of Hadrian s reign AD 117 Our put upon protagonist is Gaius Petreius Ruso, a doctor in the XX Legion, whose marriage has failed because he was too devoted to his craft and not devoted enough to advancing his career , whose family is drowning in debt and in danger of losing their Gaulish farm, and whose first mistake is rescuing a British slave girl from her slimy owner.The mystery isn t all that complex or hard to figure out I enjoyed reading the book because I enjoyed following Ruso as he stumbles along, inadvertently uncovering the clues view spoiler that lead him to a corrupt and murderous Roman official and the illegal transport of slaves and kidnapped citizens hide spoiler

Ruth is the author of eight mysteries featuring Roman Army medic Gaius Petreius Ruso and his British partner Tilla The latest is MEMENTO MORI She lives in Devon, England, and is married with two grown up sons A combination of nosiness and a childish fascination with mud means she is never happier than when wielding an archaeological trowel She is sometimes called R.S Downie, but she isn t th

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  • Hardcover
  • 386 pages
  • Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire (Gaius Petreius Ruso #1)
  • Ruth Downie
  • English
  • 07 March 2018
  • 9781596912311

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