Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita

A Novel of the Roman Empire

Book - 2008
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In the spring of the year 118, Gaius Petreius Ruso has been stationed in the Roman-occupied province of Britannia for nearly a year. After his long and reluctant investigation of the murders of a handful of local prostitutes, Ruso needs to get away, volunteering for a posting with the army in Britannia's deepest recesses. These hinterlands are the homeland of Ruso's slave, Tilla, who has scores of her own to settle there. Her tribespeople are fomenting a rebellion against Roman control, and her former lover is implicated in the grisly murder of a soldier. Ruso is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the prime suspect. Worse, he is honor-bound to try to prove the man innocent--and the army wrong--by finding another culprit.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596912328
1596912324
Branch Call Number: FICTION DOWNIE
Characteristics: ix, 384 p. : map ; 25 cm

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Feb 14, 2014

In this second book of the series, Ruso thought that taking his slave, Tilla, back to her home territory would be a vacation. He was sadly mistaken. Hadrian is emperor, but has not built his wall. Tilla's sympathies are with her tribe, but they are not happy with her any more than the Roman soldiers are. The quandary of people caught in a war zone is all to applicable to today's world. The gruesome murder of a soldier and the apparent insanity of the previous doctor make the situation very dangerous, but Ruso and Tilla manage to solve it and return to their previous post.

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