History Literature / MarcusDidiusFalco

20th Jan '17 4:10:54 AM Zadia
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It has a pseudo-prequel, ''The Course Of Honour'' (1998), in which a young man called Vespasian climbs to the very top of the ladder and founds the Flavian dynasty of emperors. It also has what could be described as a grim footnote to the series, ''Master and God'' (2012) in which the reign of Emperor Titus ends prematurely and the second Flavian prince, Domitian, takes over as Emperor, goes insane, and the Flavian dynasty ends in his assassination. Then again, Davis wrote Domitian as the flaky, murderous one as far back in the series as ''Shadows In Bronze'' (1990), so it's not too surprising...

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It has a pseudo-prequel, ''The Course Of Honour'' (1998), in which a young man called Vespasian climbs to the very top of the ladder and founds the Flavian dynasty of emperors. It also has what could be described as a grim footnote to the series, ''Master and God'' (2012) in which the reign of Emperor Titus ends prematurely and the second Flavian prince, Domitian, takes over as Emperor, goes insane, and the Flavian dynasty ends in his assassination. Then again, Davis wrote Domitian as the flaky, murderous one as far back in the series as ''Shadows In Bronze'' (1990), ''The Silver Pigs'' (1989), so it's not too surprising...
6th Nov '16 7:51:00 PM dlchen145
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* TestosteronePoisoning: Falco's description of an uber-[[Main/{{Badass}} badass]] athlete, Milo of Croton, from ''Shadows in Bronze'':

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* TestosteronePoisoning: Falco's description of an uber-[[Main/{{Badass}} badass]] uber-badass athlete, Milo of Croton, from ''Shadows in Bronze'':
6th May '16 11:44:52 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* EverybodyDidIt: A varient in ''Venus in Copper'' when the landlord Novus is murdered with poison. It turns out that [[spoiler:all the suspects independently ''tried'' to murder him -his own family with a poisoned cake, his business rival with poisoned spices to be added to the wine- but the actual murderer was his fiance, who poisoned the plate the cakes were served on, knowing that gluttonous Novus would lick the plate clean once the meal was done. As a bonus, she sabotaged the efforts of the other would-be assassins by removing the poisoned cake from the platter beforehand, because she hated Novus so much she couldn't stand to have anyone other than her kill him.]]
19th Apr '16 11:49:14 AM erforce
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* ShoutOut: In one novel, Falco strikes up a conversation with a group of Judean refugees who offer him a commission to retrieve one of their holy relics. At first, Falco is afraid that they want him to "raid" the treasures brought back after the Roman conquest. However, they then tell Falco that they want him to look for a "Lost Ark." Falco demurs, and tells that [[IndianaJones someone more of a daredevil then he]] would have to perform that particular quest...

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* ShoutOut: In one novel, Falco strikes up a conversation with a group of Judean refugees who offer him a commission to retrieve one of their holy relics. At first, Falco is afraid that they want him to "raid" the treasures brought back after the Roman conquest. However, they then tell Falco that they want him to look for a "Lost Ark." Falco demurs, and tells that [[IndianaJones [[Franchise/IndianaJones someone more of a daredevil then he]] would have to perform that particular quest...
11th Apr '16 8:46:35 AM JackG
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** It's not just that; Sosia told Helena she'd given Falco the names of the the conspirators, so Helena assumes Falco's investigation is just a cover-up. [[spoiler:Turns out she'd written out a denunciation and left it with the original silver pig.]]

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** It's not just that; Sosia told Helena she'd given Falco the names of the the conspirators, so Helena assumes Falco's investigation is just a cover-up. [[spoiler:Turns out she'd written out a denunciation and left it with the original silver pig.]]
2nd Mar '16 3:49:33 AM AgProv
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''The Ides of April'' picks up in 89AD, with Falco's [[SpinOffspring adopted daughter]], Flavia Albia, now an established informer in her own right, and continues with ''Enemies At Home'' and ''Deadly Election''. Here the investigative mantle passes to Albia, and we learn her parents are semi-retired and living as inobtrusively as they can, their patron Emperor Vespasian being dead and their friend, his son Emperor Titus, also having passed. The imperial purple is now on the toga of Emperor Domitian, the unstable Caligula-like member of the Flavian dynasty and a man with no reason to love the Falcos. Rome is now even more unstable and dangerous to live in. The main Falco family i seen in glimpses and cameos, but the focus moves to the life of Albia.


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''The Ides of April'' picks up in 89AD, with Falco's [[SpinOffspring adopted daughter]], Flavia Albia, now an established informer in her own right, and continues with ''Enemies At Home'' and ''Deadly Election''. Here the investigative mantle passes to Albia, and we learn her parents are semi-retired and living as inobtrusively as they can, their patron Emperor Vespasian being dead and their friend, his son Emperor Titus, also having passed. The imperial purple is now on the toga of Emperor Domitian, the unstable Caligula-like member of the Flavian dynasty and a man with no reason to love the Falcos. Rome is now even more unstable and dangerous to live in. The main Falco family i is seen in glimpses and cameos, but the focus moves to the life of Albia.

2nd Mar '16 3:48:55 AM AgProv
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''The Ides of April'' picks up in 89AD, with Falco's [[SpinOffspring adopted daughter]], Flavia Albia, now an established informer in her own right, and continues with ''Enemies At Home''. Here the investigative mantle passes to Albia, and we learn her parents are semi-retired and living as inobtrusively as they can, their patron Emperor Vespasian being dead and their friend, his son Emperor Titus, also having passed. The imperial purple is now on the toga of Emperor Domitian, the unstable Caligula-like member of the Flavian dynasty and a man with no reason to love the Falcos. Rome is now even more unstable and dangerous to live in.


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''The Ides of April'' picks up in 89AD, with Falco's [[SpinOffspring adopted daughter]], Flavia Albia, now an established informer in her own right, and continues with ''Enemies At Home''.Home'' and ''Deadly Election''. Here the investigative mantle passes to Albia, and we learn her parents are semi-retired and living as inobtrusively as they can, their patron Emperor Vespasian being dead and their friend, his son Emperor Titus, also having passed. The imperial purple is now on the toga of Emperor Domitian, the unstable Caligula-like member of the Flavian dynasty and a man with no reason to love the Falcos. Rome is now even more unstable and dangerous to live in. The main Falco family i seen in glimpses and cameos, but the focus moves to the life of Albia.

2nd Mar '16 3:39:55 AM AgProv
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* OneSteveLimit: Exceeded by a long way in ''Deadly Election''. Private investigator Flavia Albia is hampered in her murder inquiry by a family ''all'' of whose female members are named Julia. In the Roman style they are distinguished from each other by second names - Julia Optata, Julia Versecunda, et c. But this still slows up the investigation. Davis even includes a family tree on page 345 headed "A Family With Too Many Julias". But she still has to investigate ''eight'' related women. All called Julia something.
24th Feb '16 2:47:56 AM Zadia
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* BookEnds: ''Master And God'' begins and ends with the same sentence: "It was a quiet afternoon on the Via Flaminia".
27th Jan '16 7:24:12 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* CourtroomEpisode: ''The Accusers.''
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