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THE RETURN by Harry Sidebottom

Harry Sidebottom returns with another immersive thriller from ancient Rome.

I have to admit I didn't love this book. It's good, incredibly detailed with a short and sharp plot. But it didn't grip me. I was indifferent to picking it back up every time I put it down.

The details around Roman farming and life in a small town in southern Italy are extraordinary, but for me there lied the problem. It was so detailed it slowed the story down, I learnt more of farming in the ancient world than I ever really wanted to!

Apart from that I thought the characters were well formed and their intentions and motivations shone through. The plot as I said was short and to the point, well developed and the ending was satisfactory.

A good book, all in all. Looking forward to seeing what he does next

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