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The Water Thief Free read Ú 104 L to bear in this new historical mystery International Praise for the Works of Ben Pastor History blends with absolute perfection to personal story and the novel is like an orchestral score with pages of rare evocative power It is narrative one reads with admiration and even devotion La Stampa Turrolibri on Kaputt Mundi  The mystery plot develops within a perfectly wrought historical milieu A novel of great emotional impact Il Giorno on The Horseman's Song  Along with Margaret Doody and Elizabeth George Ben Pastor is considered one of the strongest female voices of today's mystery writing Her investigative tales show a breathless rhythm a perfect blend of action thriller and authorial narrative La Repubblica on The Dead in the Suare  Pastor's plot is well crafted her prose sharp Publishers Weekly on Lum. I enjoyed the indepth descriptions of sites both in Egypt and Rome The plot involving historical figures was fascinating

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The Water Thief Free read Ú 104 In 304 ce Aelius Spartianus officer and historian at the court of Diocletian in Dalmatia is writing the biographies of past Roman rulers including Hadrian who has been dead for nearly 175 years Aelius's particular charge is to investigate the unsolved mystery of the drowning death in the Nile of Hadrian's favorite young Antinous Soon his duty turns twofold the hunt for Antinous's grave supposed to conceal proof of a conspiracy against Rome and the murder of a wealthy army supplier and his servant The mystery thickens as deaths multiply; scholarly work turns into a race against time and into a confrontation with risk lies and half truths at the hands of priests authorities and former colleagues While the trials against Christians later known as the Great Persecution inflame Egypt Aelius gathers clues in odd p. I Aelius Spartianus grew up in foreign barracks and am nobody I will build no palace but am privileged to write the history of the men who did and whose work this magnificent City is So writes Aelius Spartianus high ranking Roman army officer scholar and historian in his Traveller s Notes upon entering Rome in 304AD reign of Diocletian I really enjoyed this book with its unusual setting unusual protagonist and very good mystery As Aelius himself muses at one point he doesn t fit the mold of others idea of a soldier I recommend this novel very highlyAt the behest of Emperor Diocletian Aelius is investigating the life of Hadrian and the drowning death of Hadrian s boy favorite Antinous Was the death murder suicide or accident This mystery includes the author s speculation on this and on the location of Antinous grave First Aelius travels to Egypt to investigate Antinous had drowned in the Nile After an army supplier friend of Aelius finds a letter purportedly written by Hadrian he and his freedman with links to Aelius die in suspicious circumstances Aelius next travels to Rome where an expert in all things Egyptian is to help him That man Soter is murdered Concurrent arson is intended to cover up Soter s murder A former member of Intelligence a blind veteran recommended to Aelius by a fellow Roman officer in Egypt renders help to Aelius in his investigation Aelius knows someone is after him but who Aelius survives several attacks on his person More bodies pile up all tied to Aelius Written beautifully and flowingly there were many twists and turns in this well plotted novel The author took one name in Cassius Dio the classical historian and created a believable character I liked that Aelius used his brain in solving the mysteries not only physical force against enemies The author gave a real sense of Egypt and of Rome in her vivid descriptions I couldn t connect with Aelius at first he seemed too wooden too much of an automaton After an event in Egypt triggered the remembrance of a boyhood experience and he displayed some feeling he began to thaw out and become human I liked the device of letter writing between him and the emperor I also enjoyed peeking over his shoulder at his notes he took at each stage of the investigation After such a fantastic build up the denouement was disappointing and to me illogical but the author s explanation for Antinous death and whereabouts of his resting place was completely plausible I do want to read the others in the series Only one otherThe Fire Waker An Aelius Spartianus Mystery is in English the other two are in Italian As of this date I m not aware of any English translations As a college teacher Ms Pastor must have researched the background thoroughly Lack of a bibliography and Author s Note separating fact from fiction were glaring oversights though

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The Water Thief Free read Ú 104 Laces until his road leads inescapably to Rome Joined in his search by a blind retired soldier who is well experienced in counterespionage Aelius scavenges for evidence in a world capital in decline From Rome his breathless trail takes him to Hadrian's country estate which is now acres and acres of monumental ruins in the wilderness In the haunted stillness of roofless halls and overgrown gardens Aelius deciphers the great plan of the villa an astronomical chart confirming how the danger against Rome is clear and imminent But who is behind it all How deadly close is danger In order to save the state and himself Aelius must solve not only the puzzle of Antinous's drowning but also the murders that have marred his path Internationally renowned and critically acclaimed author Ben Pastor brings her thematic skil. In the twilight days of pagan Rome Aelius Spartianus soldier and scholar is commissioned by the emperor Diocletian to write a biography of Hadrian As part of his research he must travel to Egypt where a recent revolt has just been crushed to discover the truth behind the mysterious death of Hadrian s favourite the youth Antinous two centuries before Of course Aelius has other secret business to do for the emperor not least to report on the prosecution of Christian militants in the province In the course of carrying out these tasks Aelius discovers that someone wants him to stay clear of any investigation of Antinous even to the extent of attacking the emperor s own envoy Aelius himselfBen Pastor writes an enthralling tale She has a beautiful written style and creates a real sense of time and place both in Egypt and in Rome This is a scholarly novel but lacking any pretension pomposity or didacticism It has real narrative power and wholly involves the reader with the principal characters who are never cyphers For followers of Roman mysteries it is Saylor than Davis in tone But it is much than a mystery it is a beautifully written historical novel which creates a convincing world posing real uestions about the context of its timesFor all these reasons I cannot recommend this novel highly enough I really enjoyed reading it Why do I not give it five stars then For one reason only I was not wholly persuaded by the denouement which was too dependent on conspiracy theories for my liking Others may disagree and I am happy with that for I am already looking forward to the author s next novel


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    Read & Download The Water Thief Ben Pastor ò 4 Free read The Water Thief E–book/E–pub The detective story has taken many odd forms over the years Since there are so many writers look for new twists ways to make theirs uniue and different Well this one fits thatThe Water Thief is the story of Aelius Spartianus veteran

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    The Water Thief E–book/E–pub In the twilight days of pagan Rome Aelius Spartianus soldier and scholar is commissioned by the emperor Diocletian to write a biography of Hadrian As part of his research he must travel to Egypt where a recent revolt has just been crushed to discover the truth behind the mysterious death of Hadrian's favourite the youth Antinous

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    The Water Thief E–book/E–pub Free read Ù PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ò Ben Pastor Ben Pastor ò 4 Free read In this suspenseful and satisfying novel a Roman military officer pursues a centuries old mystery after being charged by Emperor Diocletian with writing a history of his predecessor Hadrian Aelius Spartianus a decent man and experienced soldier who has hopscotched all over the Empire fighting Rome’s battles is in Egypt when he comes across a message hinting at danger to Rome that may be connected with the mysterious

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    Ben Pastor ò 4 Free read The Water Thief E–book/E–pub Had trouble getting into this one Very dense in descriptions with many many names Some characters have multiple names both Roman and E

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    The Water Thief E–book/E–pub I enjoyed the indepth descriptions of sites both in Egypt and Rome The plot involving historical figures was fascinating

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    The Water Thief E–book/E–pub I have to say that I was not impressed The main character seemed be constantly wandering around and it was hard to really follow the main theme of the book Most of the time I was just lost and distracted by the fact that it didn’t seem like the people were speaking the way ancient Romans would’ve spoken For a good hi

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    The Water Thief E–book/E–pub Ben Pastor ò 4 Free read This book is written by an Italian historian and you can tell because the book is dry and the names are long But I did like the mysteries Aelius an historian and Roman soldier is ordered to write the history of Hardian and his companion Antinous Antinious was found dead and the mystery of his death is never solved so the author gives her idea of what could have happened The ending is surprising and sad Its worth reading

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  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • The Water Thief
  • Ben Pastor
  • English
  • 17 January 2020
  • 9780312353902