Master and God

Lindsey Davis

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From New York Times bestselling novelist Lindsey Davis comes an epic novel of first-century Rome and the Emperor Domitian, known to all of the Roman world as Master and God
 

Set in the reign of the Emperor Domitian in first-century Rome, Master and God is Lindsey Davis’s meticulously researched epic novel of the life and times surrounding the last of the Flavian dynasty of emperors. Gaius Vinius is a reluctant Praetorian Guard—the Emperor’s personal guard—and a man with a disastrous marriage history. Flavia Lucilla is also in the imperial court and she is responsible not only for having created the ridiculous hairstyle worn by the imperial ladies but for also making toupees for the balding and increasingly paranoid emperor. The two of them are brought together in an unlikely manner—a devastating fire in Rome—which then leads to a lifelong friendship.Together they watch Domitian’s once talented rule unravel into madness and cruelty, until the people closest to him conspire to delete him from history. As an imperial bodyguard, Vinius then faces a tough decision. Master and God is a compelling novel of the Roman Empire—from the height of power to the depths of madness—told from the perspective of two courtiers and unlikely friends who together are the witnesses to history.

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It was a quiet afternoon on the Via Flaminia. When a wisp of smoke wafted across from the river direction, sheered downwards and dematerialised against a pantile on the roof of the station house, nobody noticed. Rome, the Golden City, went about its business. The vigiles of the First Cohort continued their tasks.
The yard lay still; afternoons were dead time. The tribune was off at his own house. Nobody was doing much. The vigiles had been brought into existence to combat fires, but also covered local law and order. Most action occurred at night.

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"Detailed and witty recounting of ancient Roman life, public and private, from the sure-handed Davis."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Davis layers modern dialog and sensibilities on a lavishly described historical setting, creating a novel that is detailed and well paced."
--Library Journal
 
"As we’ve come to expect, Davis’s descriptions of Rome are vivid and lively ... a great yarn."
--The Daily Mail

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MASTER AND GOD by Lindsey Davis | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of MASTER AND GOD . Two Roman roommates, a Praetorian Guard and an imperial hairdresser, play a part in their emperor's destiny.
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Lindsey Davis

LINDSEY DAVIS is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of historical mysteries featuring Marcus Didius Falco. She lives in London.

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Master and God
Lindsey Davis

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
June 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312606640
ISBN10: 0312606648
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 464 pages
$25.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250021557
ISBN10: 1250021553
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 464 pages
$16.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
June 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466802438
ISBN10: 146680243X
432 pages
$9.99
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