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05 May, 2014

Book Tour Review: Perfiditas by Alison Morton

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Captain Carina Mitela of the Praetorian Guard Special Forces is in trouble – one colleague has tried to kill her and another has set a trap to incriminate her in a conspiracy to topple the government of Roma Nova.
Founded sixteen hundred years ago by Roman dissidents and ruled by women, Roma Nova barely survived a devastating coup d’état thirty years ago. Carina swears to prevent a repeat and not merely for love of country.

Seeking help from a not quite legal old friend could wreck her marriage to the enigmatic Conrad. Once proscribed and operating illegally, she risks being terminated by both security services and conspirators. As she struggles to overcome the desperate odds and save her beloved Roma Nova and her own life, she faces the ultimate betrayal…

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Praise for Perfiditas

“Alison Morton has built a fascinating, exotic world! Carina’s a bright, sassy detective with a winning dry sense of humour. I warmed to her quickly and wanted to find out how she dealt with the problems thrown in her path. The plot is pretty snappy too and gets off to a quick start which made it easy to keep turning the pages. There are a fair number of alternative historical fictions where Rome never disappeared, but for my money this is one of the better ones.” – Simon Scarrow, author of the Eagle (Macro and Cato) series

“I can’t resist an alternative history and Alison Morton writes one of the best. Powerful storytelling, vivid characters and a page-turning plot makes Alison Morton’s PERFIDITAS a must read.”– Jean Fullerton, author of the historical East London novels

“Pure enjoyment! A clever, complex plot set in the beguilingly convincing fictional country of Roma Nova. Scenes and characters are sometimes so vividly described that I felt I was watching a movie. This compelling tale rendered me inseparable from my copy right up to the last turn of the page.”– Sue Cook, writer and broadcaster

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About the Author

Alison Morton writes Roman-themed alternate history thrillers with strong heroines. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French, German and Economics, a masters’ in history and lives in France with her husband.

A ‘Roman nut’ since age 11, she has visited sites throughout Europe including the alma mater, Rome. But it was the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) that started her wondering what a modern Roman society would be like if run by women…

INCEPTIO, the first in the Roma Nova series, was shortlisted for the 2013 International Rubery Book Award and awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion® in September 2013. The next in series, PERFIDITAS, published October 2013, has also just been honoured with the B.R.A.G. Medallion®. Alison is working on the third book SUCCESSIO which will be out in June 2014.

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Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, April 14
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Interview at Bibliophilia, Please

Tuesday, April 15
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Thursday, April 17
Spotlight & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Monday, April 21
Review at Book Nerd

Wednesday, April 23
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Friday, April 25
Interview at Dianne Ascroft

Monday, April 28
Spotlight & Giveaway at Bibliophilic Book Blog

Tuesday, April 29
Review at Ink Sugar Blog

Wednesday, April 30
Interview & Giveaway at Ink Sugar Blog

Friday, May 2
Spotlight & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection

Monday, May 5
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews

Thursday, May 8
Interview & Giveaway at Books and Benches

Monday, May 12
Guest Post at Royalty Free Fiction

Tuesday, May 13
Review & Interview at Tower of Babel

Friday, May 16
Spotlight at Reviews by Molly

Review:

Series: Roma Nova #2
Release Date: 17 October, 2013
Publisher:  Silverwood Books
ISBN: 1781321248
Edition: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Written: 5 May, 2014

I held high hopes for this sequel for Inceptio, and I wasn't disappointed at all. In this fast-paced sequel, Carina finds herself once again caught up in the seedy underworld of Nova Roma fighting to both uphold the government and protect her family. 

Six years have past since the events in Inceptio, and Carina has settled into a married life with Conrad, as well as a position as a captain in the PGSF. However, when a colleague tries to kill her for being the wife of Conrad (who's shot up through the ranks to become the head of the PGSF), Carina realizes there's more at stake than what she originally deemed as a lover's quarrel between two acquaintances. Thus she dives into undercover operations that aren't supposed to exist as she works to protect Conrad. 

As with the first book, I love Morton's style of writing. It's eloquent but captivating. The chapters are only a few pages long, lending themselves to quick reading bursts throughout one's day. Couple that with the fantastic amount of knowledge Morton has for the Roman culture and her ability to interweave it throughout the novel with more modern aspects gives readers a sense of being in Roma Nova and following Carina's adventures.

As with the first book, I highly recommend this novel to anyone who seeks out an alternative history line or even just a good thriller. After all, some of the best books can open your eyes to new genres that you previously thought you didn't like.

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